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Alfa Romeo unveiled a new front wing at Suzuka

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The team is currently sixth in the constructors’ table, but Aston Martin closed the gap to 15 points with a strong double points finish in Singapore last weekend, and Haas and AlphaTauri are both just 18 points behind.

The Swiss team chose not to use the new wing in Singapore due to the obvious risk of damage, and only has two copies in Japan for Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu.

Given that Friday’s sessions were lashed by rain, the team opted not to risk a crash and started the day with the old wing.

However, Bottas received the new one for his last two starts in second practice on a drying track, allowing the team to collect some preliminary data.

Both drivers will use it from the start of what is expected to be a third dry practice on Saturday. The revised design features new wing elements as well as a different attachment to the nose structure.

The team will bring its final batch of updates for the 2022 season to the next race in America.

On Thursday, Bottas indicated that he expected to see some gains in the high-speed corners, and that was validated even in the limited running he did on a wet track after switching to the new wing during the session.

“It definitely gave us a little high-speed stability,” he said when asked about motorsport.com about their performance.

“That’s what I felt, which is what I needed to do. Obviously we’re missing quite a few sensors, due to the wet conditions.”

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“So we can’t, aerodynamically wise, measure that much. But feel-wise, it was as it should be.”

“At least we have the delta in the balance, like what changes over time and so on, so we can estimate a little bit for tomorrow. But I hope it’s pretty straightforward.”

Bottas acknowledged that it was good to see the new parts keep coming.

“It definitely would have been better to have it sooner, but better late than never. And I think we have something for Austin as well. But it’s also true that whatever we find this year, I think it’s going to benefit us next year.”

“So it’s not just the development of this year’s car, but also the future. So yes, I hope it works. The correlation has been good (this year), so there have been no problems.

The head of Alfa Romeo, fred vasseurHe is confident that the wing will deliver some performance: “It’s a decent step forward. And you also have to keep in mind that we’ll be carrying some parts for next year, so it’s ongoing development even for next season.”

“Suzuka is the right place to introduce it. I think it made sense to do Singapore with the previous ones, and move on after Singapore.”

“We expect some minor updates for the next race, and then I think it will be done for the season.”


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