Alexander Rossi doesn't want to talk about Andretti Autosport's final pre-season test day. Not because anything went drastically wrong; more because it all went so well, and he doesn't want to give Autosport any specific technical details.
"A lot of information was gathered, it was really good, and I feel like the team is working at the highest level it's been at since I joined four years ago," says the California-born Rossi, who this weekend at St Petersburg begins his bid to claim his first IndyCar Series title. Second in the championship in 2018, and third last year, he continues: "I feel like this has been our best off-season and we're all feeling very encouraged.
"I don't think we've focused on one area, even though we identified road courses as a weakness for us in the second half of 2019. We've taken the approach as if we struggled at every type of track last year, and need to improve our approach across the board. Now we've had two really strong tests [Circuit of The Americas for Spring Training in February, and the 2 March test on the Sebring short course] in terms of the data collected and verification that the off-season development went in the right direction.
"We've also taken a big step forward in terms of off-track preparation like pitstop practice. The mindset of everyone from drivers to engineers to crew members is really good and positive - but with emotions held in check."
Certainly Rossi sounds confident enough to downplay the effects of the new-for-2020 IndyCar aeroscreen. The Red Bull Advanced Technologies-developed device has presented a hurdle for all IndyCar team engineers as they tackle the thorny problem of ameliorating the effect of...