We sat down with Checo to discuss the progress the team has made since the summer break
Development is everything in Formula 1 – and after a tough start to the season, we’ve been going the extra mile both on and off track to ensure that we’re fighting at the front of the midfield on a weekly basis.
Since the summer break, we’ve been carefully refining the RP19 with a series of updates – continuing to develop our 2019 package as the present campaign reaches crunch time.
Having finished inside the top 10 at every race apart from one since August [a mechanical retirement ruling him out in Singapore], Checo has taken full advantage of the upturn in car performance that the team has worked so tirelessly to produce:
“We’ve shown good progress and good speed,” he said. “I’m looking forward to carrying on and hopefully we can score more points. The end of the season is coming soon so every point now counts for the Constructors’ Championship.
“We’ve closed the gap and I think we are in the mix with Renault and McLaren. The circuits are suiting us and that has made a bit of a difference. We’ve been very strong since the summer break and we have scored in all of the races apart from one. Hopefully, we can carry on like that until the rest of the season.”
Hosting the 17th race this season, the Suzuka Circuit brings back many happy memories for Checo, with our Mexican maestro finishing seventh in the last three editions of the event:
“Suzuka is very different compared to the last couple of races,” he adds. “We’ve been doing strong races lately around here so hopefully we can carry on that form. I’m optimistic we should be in the mix. Suzuka is a place that I love. Sector 1 is the best in the world. It’s a real driver’s circuit!”