In the round-up: Zhou Guanyu has revealed he has only raced with a drinks system installed on his Alfa Romeo at two rounds of his rookie season so far.
Zhou ‘only used drinks system in Bahrain and Miami’
Alfa Romeo rookie Zhou Guanyu has revealed he only raced with a drinks system installed on his Alfa Romeo at two rounds this season.
This weekend’s French Grand Prix is expected to be the hottest since the circuit returned to the F1 calendar in 2018. Zhou admitted he has only raced with a drinks system installed in his car during his grand prix debut in Bahrain and then again at the Miami Grand Prix.
“Coming to this weekend with the high temperature, for us as a driver, you have to stay hydrated quite a lot,” said Zhou.
“Normally, I don’t actually use the drinks system in the car. The only races I used it were Miami and Bahrain. So I think I’m going to definitely put it on for this weekend.”
Ferrari considering new PU – and penalty – for Sainz
Carlos Sainz Jnr says that Ferrari are considering whether or not to give him a fifth power unit for this weekend, which will result in him starting from the back of the grid.
Sainz retired from the last round in Austria following a fiery power unit failure. It was his second mechanical related retirement of the season and fourth failure to finish in all. Asked if Ferrari had decided to give Sainz a new power unit for this weekend, Sainz replied “not yet.”
“There’s a chance we will put a new engine in this weekend, which would involve a penalty, but we haven’t taken the final decision yet,” he said.
Williams will “get our chances” for points – Albon
Alexander Albon is confident that Williams will have opportunities to score points on pace over the rest of the season but that it will likely depend on the track.
Williams are currently tenth and last in the constructors’ championship on three points – all scored by Albon. Both Albon and team mate Nicholas Latifi now have the benefit of a major upgrade package to the FW44 and Albon believes the team could find more opportunities to score more points.
“I don’t think it will be every race, but I do feel like there’ll be circuits where we’ll get our chances,” said Albon.
“We’re not at the top yet of what the car can do. But it’s a step forwards. I think Austria, on paper, must be our most competitive race. We had a relatively good race in Austria – we were P12 on pace, more or less. We were keeping up just about…