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In Words: Gearing up for Germany

October 8, 2020
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Checo and Lance tackle the talking points at the Nürburgring

It’s safe to say it’s coat weather in Germany this weekend! Wrapped up warm and ready to go for the Nürburgring, Checo and Lance took time out to discuss the key talking points of the Eifel Grand Prix.

Checo also revealed the impact Germany had on his career, while Lance explained his desire to bounce back strongly at the Nürburgring.

Lance, how big a part will the conditions play this weekend?

“They'll certainly play a part. It's going to be chilly out there for everyone, so we just need to work on getting temperature into the tyres and making sure we are prepared for all kinds of conditions.”

“It's going to be wet; it's going to be dry – who knows? It's very likely to be mixed conditions for most of the weekend, so we need to be ready for that.

“We'll hopefully walk away from here with some good points.”

Checo, do you agree with Lance?

“I do. It's going to be very different here compared to Sochi. In Formula 1, generally you see everybody driving very slowly on the out lap because they are looking to reduce pressure and temperatures.

“But here it's going to be all about maintaining them, and that requires a different approach. At least there won't be much traffic on track in qualifying!”

Lance, you’re looking to come back strongly after Sochi disappointment. Are you confident for the weekend ahead?

“I am. The tables will always turn. At times, luck is on your side – sometimes it isn’t, like recently!

“But it can always turn around and good things follow. We just need to focus on the next seven races and make the most of them.”

Checo, you starred last time out in Russia and you’re in good form. How are you feeling heading into the weekend?

"I'm happy that my championship is finally back on track. I've been extremely unlucky this season, but it's been positive recently. We are able to fight high up the field - and most importantly for third in the Constructors' Championship."

Lance, the topic of drivers as role models has arisen after a karting incident recently. What was your take?

“Yeah, it was unacceptable. We should not see that in our sport. That's a bad example for the young generation and it's just not something we want to see in our sport. Violence on or off the track just can't be tolerated.”

Checo, you began your career in Europe in Germany, does it hold special memories for you?

“When I started my career, I was very young. I had to leave home and leave my childhood behind; it was pretty hard because the culture of Mexico is very different. I lived in a small town outside of Munich.

“To be on my own at such a young age was quite a struggle in those two years in Germany, but thanks to those years, it's why I am where I am today. Germany will always hold a very special place in my career.”

Checo and Lance tackle the talking points at the Nürburgring

It’s safe to say it’s coat weather in Germany this weekend! Wrapped up warm and ready to go for the Nürburgring, Checo and Lance took time out to discuss the key talking points of the Eifel Grand Prix.

Checo also revealed the impact Germany had on his career, while Lance explained his desire to bounce back strongly at the Nürburgring.

Lance, how big a part will the conditions play this weekend?

“They'll certainly play a part. It's going to be chilly out there for everyone, so we just need to work on getting temperature into the tyres and making sure we are prepared for all kinds of conditions.”

“It's going to be wet; it's going to be dry – who knows? It's very likely to be mixed conditions for most of the weekend, so we need to be ready for that.

“We'll hopefully walk away from here with some good points.”

Checo, do you agree with Lance?

“I do. It's going to be very different here compared to Sochi. In Formula 1, generally you see everybody driving very slowly on the out lap because they are looking to reduce pressure and temperatures.

“But here it's going to be all about maintaining them, and that requires a different approach. At least there won't be much traffic on track in qualifying!”

Lance, you’re looking to come back strongly after Sochi disappointment. Are you confident for the weekend ahead?

“I am. The tables will always turn. At times, luck is on your side – sometimes it isn’t, like recently!

“But it can always turn around and good things follow. We just need to focus on the next seven races and make the most of them.”

Checo, you starred last time out in Russia and you’re in good form. How are you feeling heading into the weekend?

"I'm happy that my championship is finally back on track. I've been extremely unlucky this season, but it's been positive recently. We are able to fight high up the field - and most importantly for third in the Constructors' Championship."

Lance, the topic of drivers as role models has arisen after a karting incident recently. What was your take?

“Yeah, it was unacceptable. We should not see that in our sport. That's a bad example for the young generation and it's just not something we want to see in our sport. Violence on or off the track just can't be tolerated.”

Checo, you began your career in Europe in Germany, does it hold special memories for you?

“When I started my career, I was very young. I had to leave home and leave my childhood behind; it was pretty hard because the culture of Mexico is very different. I lived in a small town outside of Munich.

“To be on my own at such a young age was quite a struggle in those two years in Germany, but thanks to those years, it's why I am where I am today. Germany will always hold a very special place in my career.”

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