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In Words: Turkish Tales

November 10, 2020
2020
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Lance and Checo eager for Formula 1's return to Istanbul

The addition of the Intercity Istanbul Park circuit was a welcome surprise to many in the paddock - and not just those who have already experienced the fast, bumpy circuit.

We got the thoughts of our boys to see how they were feeling going into the weekend.

Lance, what are your expectations heading into the weekend?

LS: “I’m feeling good about this weekend. We’ve been quite unlucky recently so it’s a chance to score points and get back into a good rhythm. It’s a close fight in the midfield, but I think we’ve got a car that’s going to be competitive at all of the remaining races.”

Is it exciting to head to a circuit you’ve never raced at before?

LS: “It’s a new challenge and it looks like an impressive lap. I’ve been watching some videos of the old races there and it seems to be a circuit that’s always produced exciting racing. Everybody speaks about Turn 8 and I think that’s going to be the highlight. It should feel pretty special in these modern F1 cars.”

Checo, you’ve raced at Istanbul before. What memories do you have of the track?

SP: “I’ve only raced there once, but It’s a very nice track. It’s very fast and it famously has the long Turn 8 corner. It’s a circuit that’s very physical and we’ll definitely feel it in the neck at the end of the weekend! I’m really looking forward to racing there again.”

Do you expect Turn 8 to be a different challenge with the current generation of cars?

SP: “Yeah I think so, we’re driving very advanced cars compared to when we raced there in 2011, so I think we’ll have to re-learn the corner in some ways, especially now it’s been repaved – it used to be very bumpy. The whole lap will be challenging, it’s very hard on the brakes and it should provide some good overtaking opportunities too.”

Lance, what’s your goal heading into the final four races?

LS: “The same as it’s been all season: to score regular points and fight for P3 in the Constructors’ Championship. The battle for P3 is getting closer and closer and consistency is going to be really important. We definitely want to fight for some more podiums in the final part of this year.”

Checo, this is another circuit that was a late addition to the calendar. Are you enjoying the challenge of racing at these types of venues?

SP: “It’s definitely a nice challenge. It’s easy to get into a routine by going to the same circuits every year, so when you get the challenge of learning a new circuit or re-learning an older one, it’s an exciting prospect. You can outperform drivers by how quickly you learn the track, so that’s an interesting dynamic too.”

Lance and Checo eager for Formula 1's return to Istanbul

The addition of the Intercity Istanbul Park circuit was a welcome surprise to many in the paddock - and not just those who have already experienced the fast, bumpy circuit.

We got the thoughts of our boys to see how they were feeling going into the weekend.

Lance, what are your expectations heading into the weekend?

LS: “I’m feeling good about this weekend. We’ve been quite unlucky recently so it’s a chance to score points and get back into a good rhythm. It’s a close fight in the midfield, but I think we’ve got a car that’s going to be competitive at all of the remaining races.”

Is it exciting to head to a circuit you’ve never raced at before?

LS: “It’s a new challenge and it looks like an impressive lap. I’ve been watching some videos of the old races there and it seems to be a circuit that’s always produced exciting racing. Everybody speaks about Turn 8 and I think that’s going to be the highlight. It should feel pretty special in these modern F1 cars.”

Checo, you’ve raced at Istanbul before. What memories do you have of the track?

SP: “I’ve only raced there once, but It’s a very nice track. It’s very fast and it famously has the long Turn 8 corner. It’s a circuit that’s very physical and we’ll definitely feel it in the neck at the end of the weekend! I’m really looking forward to racing there again.”

Do you expect Turn 8 to be a different challenge with the current generation of cars?

SP: “Yeah I think so, we’re driving very advanced cars compared to when we raced there in 2011, so I think we’ll have to re-learn the corner in some ways, especially now it’s been repaved – it used to be very bumpy. The whole lap will be challenging, it’s very hard on the brakes and it should provide some good overtaking opportunities too.”

Lance, what’s your goal heading into the final four races?

LS: “The same as it’s been all season: to score regular points and fight for P3 in the Constructors’ Championship. The battle for P3 is getting closer and closer and consistency is going to be really important. We definitely want to fight for some more podiums in the final part of this year.”

Checo, this is another circuit that was a late addition to the calendar. Are you enjoying the challenge of racing at these types of venues?

SP: “It’s definitely a nice challenge. It’s easy to get into a routine by going to the same circuits every year, so when you get the challenge of learning a new circuit or re-learning an older one, it’s an exciting prospect. You can outperform drivers by how quickly you learn the track, so that’s an interesting dynamic too.”

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