Benetton Barcelona Preview

Spanish GP / Preview 6 May 1998 Pat Symonds, Benetton Formula's Technical Director, previews the Spanish Grand Prix: PREPARATION: "We have done a fair bit of testing at Barcelona over the ...

Spanish GP / Preview 6 May 1998 Pat Symonds, Benetton Formula's Technical Director, previews the Spanish Grand Prix: PREPARATION: "We have done a fair bit of testing at Barcelona over the winter, followed by a test last week, so it's a circuit we know reasonably well. It's a circuit that is very hard on tyres, so a lot concentration during testing has gone into selecting the tyre compounds to run there and assessing the durability of the tyres. Recent development has centred around front and rear suspension geometries. We have had positive results from both of those, so we will be running with different suspension geometries this weekend." TESTING: "The test last week was, in general, quite successful, although Giancarlo's accident lost us a lot of valuable time. Having got the car back to the factory we have been able to assess the reason for the accident and it was caused by a failure on the car." THE CIRCUIT: "Barcelona is a good classic circuit; it has a great mixture of some very quick corners, quite a long straight, and some very slow corners. It is therefore a difficult circuit on which to get the right compromise of downforce. The ride of the car is very important. While it is not bumpy in the classic sense, there are undulations in the track which make it quite difficult to set the car up. It is very hard on tyres, I'm sure most people remember last year and the dreadful problems with tyre blistering. It's not quite so relevant in terms of blistering now with the grooved tyres, but still there are still very high wear rates and quite a hard tyre needed to survive the race." CONCLUSION: "In view of the testing we have done and the results we have had we are confident of a successful weekend. We intend to qualify higher up the grid and look forward to a good strong race."

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