Williams’ Dave Robson has admitted that he is unsure on what “impact of those bumps” will have on the cars as F1 prepares to return to Texas for first time since 2019 for 2021 US GP.
Bumps in the track layout at Circuit of the Americas has often been an issue for many racing series but MotoGP visited earlier this month, with Aleix Espargaro describing the circuit as ‘very bad’.
El circuito estaba muy mal, pero estaba igual para todos, no hay excusas que valgan, yo y mi equipo no supimos adaptarnos a esas condiciones, fuimos lentos y encima cada vez que apretaba un poco, me caía! En Misano volveremos a tope! https://t.co/iogaZNTs5j
— Aleix Espargaró (@AleixEspargaro) October 4, 2021
Joan Mir meanwhile stated that trying to complete a lap was ‘very difficult’ due to the various bumps strewn across the track.
P13 #AmericasGP Friday
“The track is really tricky. It doesn’t really make a difference to me if tomorrow is wet or dry, the main thing is to improve my feeling because it’s very difficult with these bad bumps on the track, it unsettles the bike.”@motogp @suzukimotogp pic.twitter.com/QFdVsU09YZ
— JoanMir36 (@JoanMirOfficial) October 1, 2021
Williams’ Head of Vehicle Performance, Robson therefore isn’t certain of what to expect this weekend, saying: “Although we saw the MotoGP bikes race here a few weeks ago, we won’t really know what the impact of those bumps will be until we run the cars in FP1.”
Robson went on to describe the circuit as “very much a tale of two halves”, due to the first sector being taken at “very high-speed” with brakes rarely required until Turn 11, which after a long straight is followed by “a combination of low speed corners and the long, almost never-ending turn 16, turn 17, turn 18 combination.”
Robson though is “looking forward” to seeing F1 back racing in USA despite bringing no fresh upgrades as he pointed towards the elevation changes across a single lap and “rapid height” of Turn One being “significant” to nailing a strong lap time.
George Russell meanwhile cannot wait to hit “an incredible track” complete with “an incredibly cool experience” in Texas, having spent this weekend in London with his 2022 replacement at Williams – Alex Albon watching the Miami Dolphins lose 23-20 to Jacksonville Jaguars in NFL.
NFL’s latest quarterbacks… 🏈🇬🇧 pic.twitter.com/X9TxiOCWq9
— George Russell (@GeorgeRussell63) October 17, 2021
Nicholas Latifi meanwhile will be participating in his first race on his home continent and particularly at US GP, after seeing his home race in Canada cancelled twice due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking about getting his first taste of racing at a circuit on the Americas continent, Latifi said: “I’m super excited to get on the track in Austin. It’s one of the races I was most looking forward to this year, as I’ve not raced there yet.
“It’s the first time I’ll be back on the other side of the Atlantic since last year, so geographically, this is the closest I have to a home race in 2021.”