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In Words: Catching up with Mugello

September 11, 2020
2020
Race Report
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Checo and Lance learn all about F1’s latest addition

We’ve wasted no time getting to grips with Mugello, racking up the laps in the RP20 as Checo and Lance uncover the unknowns of driving a modern Formula 1 car here!

Ahead of the Tuscan Grand Prix, our boys completed over 100 laps between them, making sure we’re prepared for Sunday’s brand-new Grand Prix.

We’ve shown a good turn of speed this year, so we focused on refining our race pace and understanding of the tyres at Mugello today.

We used the Hard compound to complete longer runs in the opening session, around a spell on the Softs.

Lance finished the session in P18 after a best time of 1.19.836, compared to Checo in P19 after a 1.19.840 best effort – with our boys setting their time on a compound harder than the majority of our rivals.

FP2 was spent learning about the Mediums and completing longer running on the Softs in a session made trickier by the field exploring the limits of the tyres, with a couple of red flags punctuating the running.

But Checo and Lance were able to fire in some competitive times regardless! Checo put in a 1.18.198 lap time to go P7, while Lance was able to post a 1.18.462 lap for P11.

Checo was unfortunately involved in a coming together with Kimi Räikkönen when exiting the pit lane during FP2, and he will take a one-place grid penalty following tomorrow’s Qualifying session.

Checo: “I’ve enjoyed driving around this track: there is no room for mistakes and that’s really fun. The run-off here is very close to the track, so the pressure is on the drivers – and that’s how it should be!

“The car is feeling good and we focused a bit more on our race pace today. It was a shame to have had the collision with Kimi though.

“It’s very tough to see another car when you're coming out of the pit lane and the angle to re-join the track is difficult too.

“I knew he was close, but it's very difficult to judge the distance between cars and I couldn’t avoid him sadly.

“It just shows that it’s going to be tricky on this narrow circuit this weekend and we know that track position is going to be very important here.

“We need to aim for a good result in qualifying first of all – to make sure we’re in a position to fight for good points on Sunday.”

Lance: “It was a positive day out there for us and the car is feeling good, so I'm happy with today's work.

“Mugello is such an impressive circuit in a Formula 1 car and the speed in some of the high-speed corners is amazing. I can’t wait to tackle the circuit in qualifying on low fuel when we can really push hard.

“Qualifying is going to be so important here as I think the race will be largely dependent on track position because overtaking will be very difficult.

“We’ll focus overnight on making sure we come back tomorrow ready to fight for a good starting spot and go from there. The long-run pace is looking positive, so now we need to show our one-lap pace.”

Checo and Lance learn all about F1’s latest addition

We’ve wasted no time getting to grips with Mugello, racking up the laps in the RP20 as Checo and Lance uncover the unknowns of driving a modern Formula 1 car here!

Ahead of the Tuscan Grand Prix, our boys completed over 100 laps between them, making sure we’re prepared for Sunday’s brand-new Grand Prix.

We’ve shown a good turn of speed this year, so we focused on refining our race pace and understanding of the tyres at Mugello today.

We used the Hard compound to complete longer runs in the opening session, around a spell on the Softs.

Lance finished the session in P18 after a best time of 1.19.836, compared to Checo in P19 after a 1.19.840 best effort – with our boys setting their time on a compound harder than the majority of our rivals.

FP2 was spent learning about the Mediums and completing longer running on the Softs in a session made trickier by the field exploring the limits of the tyres, with a couple of red flags punctuating the running.

But Checo and Lance were able to fire in some competitive times regardless! Checo put in a 1.18.198 lap time to go P7, while Lance was able to post a 1.18.462 lap for P11.

Checo was unfortunately involved in a coming together with Kimi Räikkönen when exiting the pit lane during FP2, and he will take a one-place grid penalty following tomorrow’s Qualifying session.

Checo: “I’ve enjoyed driving around this track: there is no room for mistakes and that’s really fun. The run-off here is very close to the track, so the pressure is on the drivers – and that’s how it should be!

“The car is feeling good and we focused a bit more on our race pace today. It was a shame to have had the collision with Kimi though.

“It’s very tough to see another car when you're coming out of the pit lane and the angle to re-join the track is difficult too.

“I knew he was close, but it's very difficult to judge the distance between cars and I couldn’t avoid him sadly.

“It just shows that it’s going to be tricky on this narrow circuit this weekend and we know that track position is going to be very important here.

“We need to aim for a good result in qualifying first of all – to make sure we’re in a position to fight for good points on Sunday.”

Lance: “It was a positive day out there for us and the car is feeling good, so I'm happy with today's work.

“Mugello is such an impressive circuit in a Formula 1 car and the speed in some of the high-speed corners is amazing. I can’t wait to tackle the circuit in qualifying on low fuel when we can really push hard.

“Qualifying is going to be so important here as I think the race will be largely dependent on track position because overtaking will be very difficult.

“We’ll focus overnight on making sure we come back tomorrow ready to fight for a good starting spot and go from there. The long-run pace is looking positive, so now we need to show our one-lap pace.”

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