With a productive post-Bahrain GP two-day test completed, there’s a determined mindset across both sides of the Channel to shine in China, as Chassis Technical Director Nick Chester explains.
What are the main challenges of the Shanghai International Circuit?
Shanghai is an interesting track. It can be a tricky place for striking the right downforce level as there are some high-speed corners and hairpins matched with two long straights. It can also be interesting for variable weather and there have been a few very wet races there in the past. Shanghai brings a different set-up to Bahrain because we go from a circuit, which is difficult for the rear end to a circuit difficult for the front end. Some corners in Shanghai – like the long Turns 1-2 combination, are very hard on the front tyres. Getting the car to turn in, without understeer or wearing the front tyres, is quite a challenge.
Do we have any specific chassis developments for China?
We have some new bodywork in various areas as well as some braking and suspension updates. It’s important we have a well-executed weekend in China and do everything right.
Has the team benefitted positively from the Bahrain test?
Definitely. We completed some useful setup work with Daniel and ran through tests of development parts with both Daniel and Jack. Despite the rain on the first day, we pretty much completed our programme.