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In Words: Turkish Delight

November 12, 2020
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Checo and Lance look forward to F1's return to Turkey

Formula 1 returns to Turkey for the first time since 2011 this weekend and Checo and Lance are raring to go at Istanbul Park.

Checo was one of the few drivers to have raced in the last Turkish Grand Prix, while Lance is excited to experience it for the first time.

Ahead of jumping into the RP20 for all the important practice sessions, the pair have shared their thoughts on the coming weekend.

Checo, we’re back in Turkey for the first time in a while. Is it going to be challenging to get back up to speed here?

“It’s definitely going to be a challenge. I know the circuit, but we’ve not raced here since 2011. I’m hoping my experience can be a little bit of an advantage and I’m excited to get going.

“There’s a lot of factors to consider: we don’t know what the track surface will be like, for example. I’m happy we’re here, it’s a great circuit and I’d love it to be on the calendar more often.”

Lance, you’ve never raced here. After your track walk, what are your impressions of the circuit?

“I’m really looking forward to driving the circuit, it looks like a great track from first impressions. It’s going to be like a rollercoaster as the layout looks awesome with all the elevation changes.

“Overtaking should be possible here as there’s a long run down to the final corners, so I expect it to be a fun challenge and I’ve heard good things from the other drivers.

Checo, you’re fighting for a strong place in the standings and have been in podium contention at times this year. What are your goals for the final races?

“It’s definitely been very close between the drivers and teams this year, but I want to target P4 in the drivers’ standings this year.

“It’s going to be tough and a real fight, but I believe that we have the potential to achieve our goals. I think we can start that push here as this circuit should be good for our car.”

Lance, what will the physical challenge of this circuit be?

"There's going to be times when we're under huge g-forces and, again, it's like a rollercoaster. It's a tremendous amount of force and it's as if a whole bunch of weight is being pushed onto the side of your body.

“Imagine going around the circuit in your own car and multiply the feeling by 30 times, that's what it will be like going around Turn 8 this weekend!

“It's tough to put into words as it's a sensation you only really feel when you're in a Formula 1 car."

Checo, considering the evolution of F1 cars – how different will it to be racing in Turkey this time around?

“With these cars, it will be very interesting to see how they compare to the last time we were here. Hopefully, we have more grip than we did in Portimão, as it was very slippery early on.

“If we have the grip, it’ll be very enjoyable. We won’t know what to expect until we get onto the track tomorrow. We have a tyre range on the harder side this time around, so practice will be really important as we get up to speed with the track.”

Checo and Lance look forward to F1's return to Turkey

Formula 1 returns to Turkey for the first time since 2011 this weekend and Checo and Lance are raring to go at Istanbul Park.

Checo was one of the few drivers to have raced in the last Turkish Grand Prix, while Lance is excited to experience it for the first time.

Ahead of jumping into the RP20 for all the important practice sessions, the pair have shared their thoughts on the coming weekend.

Checo, we’re back in Turkey for the first time in a while. Is it going to be challenging to get back up to speed here?

“It’s definitely going to be a challenge. I know the circuit, but we’ve not raced here since 2011. I’m hoping my experience can be a little bit of an advantage and I’m excited to get going.

“There’s a lot of factors to consider: we don’t know what the track surface will be like, for example. I’m happy we’re here, it’s a great circuit and I’d love it to be on the calendar more often.”

Lance, you’ve never raced here. After your track walk, what are your impressions of the circuit?

“I’m really looking forward to driving the circuit, it looks like a great track from first impressions. It’s going to be like a rollercoaster as the layout looks awesome with all the elevation changes.

“Overtaking should be possible here as there’s a long run down to the final corners, so I expect it to be a fun challenge and I’ve heard good things from the other drivers.

Checo, you’re fighting for a strong place in the standings and have been in podium contention at times this year. What are your goals for the final races?

“It’s definitely been very close between the drivers and teams this year, but I want to target P4 in the drivers’ standings this year.

“It’s going to be tough and a real fight, but I believe that we have the potential to achieve our goals. I think we can start that push here as this circuit should be good for our car.”

Lance, what will the physical challenge of this circuit be?

"There's going to be times when we're under huge g-forces and, again, it's like a rollercoaster. It's a tremendous amount of force and it's as if a whole bunch of weight is being pushed onto the side of your body.

“Imagine going around the circuit in your own car and multiply the feeling by 30 times, that's what it will be like going around Turn 8 this weekend!

“It's tough to put into words as it's a sensation you only really feel when you're in a Formula 1 car."

Checo, considering the evolution of F1 cars – how different will it to be racing in Turkey this time around?

“With these cars, it will be very interesting to see how they compare to the last time we were here. Hopefully, we have more grip than we did in Portimão, as it was very slippery early on.

“If we have the grip, it’ll be very enjoyable. We won’t know what to expect until we get onto the track tomorrow. We have a tyre range on the harder side this time around, so practice will be really important as we get up to speed with the track.”

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