Matsumoto-san Report from the ground
Preview AUTOPOLIS at the foot of Mount Aso at about 900m above sea level, the highest among all circuits in Japan.
As you know aero (body panel) packages and suspensions are heavily regulated so they can't be changed during the season. Engine development is still allowed but 3 engines per car, per season are allowed, so we'd have to wait 3 races before we could put in the new engine with the new developed parts.
How about the Hybrid, you ask?
Hybrid system is highly regulated, too. Any changes to the hybrid outputs or the power band are not allowed although it could only shorten the time comma 2 or 3 (i.e. 0.2 or 0.3, not sure what Matsumoto is referring to here) so it wouldn't really change anything today.
Only thing left there to do is the car settings. It is clear now that our current challenge is the car settings. Hopefully we'll do better jobs this time though we won't be challenging the top.
We're anticipating #18 Weilder Modulo with Michelin's would perform better at Autopolis considering the results after the tire tests.
We're doing the best we can as always. We appreciate your unconditional supports. We thank you very much.
Translation (very much appreciated) provided by TOVA reader 'CR-V9'