The introduction of a chicane at turn 2 of the Red Bull Ring , which reduces the length of the straight between turns 1 and 3, seemed like an element that could, on paper, complicate Ducati’s enormous dominance on this track, but that at the moment of truth it does nothing more than favor the virtues of the Italian prototype.
“I think the chicane is very slow. So it gives more possibilities to use the strengths of the bike. It is not a chicane fast enough to give Fabio Quartararo an advantage. We continue to use our bike better”, explained Johann Zarco at the end of the day, in which he was the fastest driver finishing second in FP1 and leading the afternoon FP2 session.
As well as exploiting the Desmosedici’s strong braking and acceleration virtues, the new chicane makes the height adjustment holeshot device even more effective.
“It helps a lot. This is a circuit almost designed for it. With the chicane, it works very well”, confirms the Pramac Racing Frenchman.
Now, the Frenchman hopes to find, with his engineers, a way to exploit the height device.
“It would be nice if it was an advantage. We will think tonight about how to best set up the bike to make it an advantage.”
What the Frenchman rules out is that the braking of the chicane is a new overtaking point: “It will be a bit difficult,” he assumes.
Spielberg has always been a complicated track with tire management, something that could get worse with this new braking and acceleration.
“I don’t think so. Before there was the straight and we pushed on the left side, but not now. The good thing is that the front tire stays warmer.”
Zarco did not mount on his Desmosedici the new aerodynamic package with the wings on the rear tail.
“We haven’t had the opportunity yet, we don’t have enough. It’s just a detail,” the element plays down.
“Perhaps it provides stability, but the pilots (who have tried it) find it difficult to feel it. In my opinion, there is an aerodynamic effect that is difficult to feel,” settled the Canes rider.