Andrea Iannone sees the glass half full at the end of the Grand Prix of Austria. His eleventh place certainly does not reflect his ambitions, but there have been important steps forward compared to the last outings. The Italian rider wants to pick up precisely from this weekend.
“First of all, I must say that the gap has been reduced – he began – In fact, we were close to the competitiveness that we want. Unfortunately, we still struggle in the race due to the drop in tyre performance – he admitted – but we are working to be faster.”
So Iannone is trying to be positive.
“Obviously, the team is reacting. It is heart-breaking sometimes to come back to the garage and see the mechanics in tears, since they put forth so much effort. We need to be patient – he pointed out – but we have figured a lot of things out. In fact, I am satisfied with various aspects.”
Which ones? He explains.
“I suffered a lot here in terms of electronics and tyre wear – he revealed – Initially I had a good pace, but then I struggled. We need to maintain more consistency, although I must say that I was able to improve on the braking sections. This latter aspect is fundamental.”
Lastly, he does not spare a jab at Michelin.
“Unfortunately, there are too many tyres, so a lot of time is wasted in the sessions. In my opinion, two tyres would be enough, but the situation is the same for everyone.”