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In Words: Silverstone Showdown

July 28, 2020
2020
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Our boys set for home racing and pay tribute to the fans

We’ve recharged our batteries and we’re ready to get going again, only this time it’s just across the road!

 

That’s right, it’s the British Grand Prix this weekend and it’s our home race. Actually, it’s our home races, with the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix following on just a week later.

 

We caught up with Checo and Lance to get their thoughts on the upcoming weekend.

 

Checo, Lance – the British Grand Prix is famous for the fanatical support pushing us along throughout the weekend. Will you miss the fans?

 

Lance: “Definitely. We miss having the fans everywhere we go – but the British fans are so enthusiastic and are real petrolheads.

 

“It feels like the heart of Formula 1 at Silverstone and you really feel that every time you race in front of those fans.

 

“It's a shame we won't get to experience it this time – but we'll try to put on a good show for those watching at home.”

 

Checo: “We will definitely miss the fans here. They are some of the most knowledgeable in Formula 1. Some of them even remember when you raced here in the lower categories!

 

“We’re missing the fans at every race we go to – but the passion of the British fans is really amazing, so it will feel very strange.”

 

Lance, what’s the best thing about racing at Silverstone?

 

“It’s great for the race team, because it means they get to stay at home and there’s less travel – which is a definite plus considering we’ve just had a triple header and the new 2020 calendar is pretty full-on!

 

“It’s also a home race for the whole team, so that gives everyone a boost and an extra drive to do well.”

 

Checo, how does it feel to race so close to our factory?

 

“It always makes me feel proud to race at Silverstone.

 

“Knowing I’m driving a car that nearly 500 people helped design and build in a factory just across the road gives me extra motivation to do well as a ‘thank you’ to everyone in the team.

 

“It can be quite an emotional event for all of us.”

 

Lance, it’s been a good start to the season for the team. What are your expectations at Silverstone?

 

“It’s promising that we’ve been able to start the first three races on the front foot and show our pace.

 

“We’ve now raced at two very different circuits in Austria and Hungary and we’ve been strong at both.

 

“That gives me confidence for the races ahead and we can target a good number of points here too.”

 

Checo, we’ve come off the back of a triple-header and sit P4 in the Constructors’ Championship. How do you rate our start to the 2020 season?

 

“It’s great to be up there fighting at the front again.

 

“We had a tough year in 2019 and it shows that all the hard work we did over the winter to put that right was worth it.

 

“We’ve made a good start – but I think even more is possible. We’ve had some bad luck so far and the best is yet to come.”

Our boys set for home racing and pay tribute to the fans

We’ve recharged our batteries and we’re ready to get going again, only this time it’s just across the road!

 

That’s right, it’s the British Grand Prix this weekend and it’s our home race. Actually, it’s our home races, with the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix following on just a week later.

 

We caught up with Checo and Lance to get their thoughts on the upcoming weekend.

 

Checo, Lance – the British Grand Prix is famous for the fanatical support pushing us along throughout the weekend. Will you miss the fans?

 

Lance: “Definitely. We miss having the fans everywhere we go – but the British fans are so enthusiastic and are real petrolheads.

 

“It feels like the heart of Formula 1 at Silverstone and you really feel that every time you race in front of those fans.

 

“It's a shame we won't get to experience it this time – but we'll try to put on a good show for those watching at home.”

 

Checo: “We will definitely miss the fans here. They are some of the most knowledgeable in Formula 1. Some of them even remember when you raced here in the lower categories!

 

“We’re missing the fans at every race we go to – but the passion of the British fans is really amazing, so it will feel very strange.”

 

Lance, what’s the best thing about racing at Silverstone?

 

“It’s great for the race team, because it means they get to stay at home and there’s less travel – which is a definite plus considering we’ve just had a triple header and the new 2020 calendar is pretty full-on!

 

“It’s also a home race for the whole team, so that gives everyone a boost and an extra drive to do well.”

 

Checo, how does it feel to race so close to our factory?

 

“It always makes me feel proud to race at Silverstone.

 

“Knowing I’m driving a car that nearly 500 people helped design and build in a factory just across the road gives me extra motivation to do well as a ‘thank you’ to everyone in the team.

 

“It can be quite an emotional event for all of us.”

 

Lance, it’s been a good start to the season for the team. What are your expectations at Silverstone?

 

“It’s promising that we’ve been able to start the first three races on the front foot and show our pace.

 

“We’ve now raced at two very different circuits in Austria and Hungary and we’ve been strong at both.

 

“That gives me confidence for the races ahead and we can target a good number of points here too.”

 

Checo, we’ve come off the back of a triple-header and sit P4 in the Constructors’ Championship. How do you rate our start to the 2020 season?

 

“It’s great to be up there fighting at the front again.

 

“We had a tough year in 2019 and it shows that all the hard work we did over the winter to put that right was worth it.

 

“We’ve made a good start – but I think even more is possible. We’ve had some bad luck so far and the best is yet to come.”

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