Alfa Romeo “very confident” they have improved reliability for 2023 | RaceFans Round-up


In the round-up: Alfa Romeo’s technical director Jan Monchaux is “very confident” the team has addressed its poor reliability that frustrated their season at times in 2022

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Alfa Romeo “very confident” reliability has improved for 2023

Alfa Romeo’s technical director Jan Monchaux is “very confident” the team has addressed its poor reliability that frustrated their season at times in 2022.

The team suffered regular reliability problems through practice sessions and races in 2022, but still held onto sixth place in the constructors’ championship on countback after finishing equal on points with Aston Martin.

“We spent a lot of effort and working hours to improve our processes internally mainly on the cooler side where we had a weakness last year, at least in the first part of the season,” Monchaux explained.

“And, touch wood, I don’t have any here, but I am very confident we have left these issues behind us.”

Rookies not disadvantaged by more sprint races – Sargeant

Williams rookie driver Logan Sargeant does not believe he or his fellow rookies will be disadvantaged by six sprint race weekends in the 2023 Formula 1 season.

There will be six sprint races in 2023, double the tally of 2021 and last season. The adjusted format means drivers only get a single hour of practice before qualifying on a Friday, but Sargeant does not believe he and fellow rookies Oscar Piastri and Nyck de Vries will be disadvantaged by the lack of practice time.

“I don’t think it’ll make that much of a difference,” Sargeant said in response to a question from RaceFans.

“We come from Formula 2, we get 40 minutes [of practice] with about five red flags in each session where we’ve done about one lap and we go into qualifying. So we’re used to having to get to the pace pretty quickly. So, if anything, that might help us out.”

Brown sees “lots of opportunity” for IndyCar to grow

McLaren has three full-time entries in IndyCar this year

McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown believes there is “lots of opportunity” for IndyCar to grow commercially over the coming years.

Formula 1 is enjoying sustained growth in popularity, especially in the United States, the home of the IndyCar Series. Brown is confident that IndyCar will find ways to grow itself commercially in response.

“I think [there’s] lots of opportunity,” Brown told media including RaceFans. “We sat at a team owner meeting with the league and they laid out their plans and they have big aspirations, which is great. Lots of new activity coming.

“I think we can bring some value to the to the series as well. I think the new TV programming that they have will be excellent. It’s the best broadcast schedule that I think I’ve seen – certainly in recent times. A good schedule and doing new things like testing here in spring training. So I’m optimistic.”

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