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Report: Checo Charges to P4 in Sochi

September 27, 2020
2020
Race Report
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Checo scores vital points in Constructors’ Championship push

Checo secured an important 12 points to keep the fight for P3 in the Constructors’ Championship wide open by finishing fourth in Formula 1’s Russian Grand Prix.

While Checo was able to secure a superb result in Sochi, Lance was eliminated from a potentially strong result through no fault of his own thanks to a collision with Charles Leclerc.

Checo had a difficult start to the race from P4 and found himself fighting the Renaults. But Lance – by starting outside the Top 10 – was able to use a new set of Mediums to charge right up from P12 to P7 in the first few corners.

He then launched a move around the outside of Leclerc around the outside of Turn 4, only for the Ferrari driver to tap the rear of Lance and send him into the wall.

With Lance out of the race, Checo and the team took up the mantle in fighting for a strong result.

Checo initially consolidated P6 behind the two Renaults, but his special talent for conserving the tyres would come into handy!

While our rivals stopped on their Used Soft tyres within the pitstop window, Checo was able to stretch the tyre life up to Lap 20 of 53.

He switched to the Hard tyres, and came out ahead of both Renaults – and into a net P4.

Once the field had cycled through their strategies, Checo expertly grew a gap of around 10 seconds to over 20 seconds by the finish to secure an impressive result for the team.

Checo: “It was a lonely race out there! We got the absolute maximum out of the car today and P4 was the best result we could achieve, so I’m very happy.

“The first stint was absolutely key. We knew the start would be difficult on the dirty side of the grid, but I was disappointed to lose two places to the Renaults off the line.

“I think we were very similar on pace to them, so the fact we were able to conserve the tyre so well in the opening stint and get back ahead of them was crucial – and we did a great job to execute that strategy.

“We can go into the next race on a real high, and I’m looking forward to getting the upgrade soon and aiming for more great results in the coming races. We have a strong car this year and I’m enjoying driving it.”

Lance: “I made a great start to the race and I was up to P7 by the time of the collision. Having had the free choice of tyres, by starting outside of the top 10, we were in a really good place to execute a strong race and score plenty of points.

“Sadly, it wasn’t to be because my right-rear tyre got hit by Leclerc on the opening lap. I’m very surprised that he didn’t get a penalty because I left him plenty of room and he could have avoided making contact by not going so wide on the exit. I was on the edge of the track and couldn’t have done more to avoid him, so I’m disappointed that a careless move cost us a potentially good result.

“What’s done is done, and I’m ready to focus on coming back stronger in Germany next time out.”

Otmar Szafnauer, CEO & Team Principal: “A perfectly executed race by Sergio and the team to convert fourth place on the grid into a race result.

“Despite dropping back behind the Renaults at the start, he battled back with a combination of overtakes and strategy to score 12 important points.

“A very strong weekend from start to finish. But it was a bittersweet race with Lance being taken out of the race on lap one - through no fault of his own - when Leclerc hit his right rear tyre. That spun Lance around and into the wall.

“It's a massive shame because he had made a superb start and was already up in P7 right behind Checo. Given the pace of the car, it’s a huge shame that Lance couldn’t score the points he deserved today.”

Checo scores vital points in Constructors’ Championship push

Checo secured an important 12 points to keep the fight for P3 in the Constructors’ Championship wide open by finishing fourth in Formula 1’s Russian Grand Prix.

While Checo was able to secure a superb result in Sochi, Lance was eliminated from a potentially strong result through no fault of his own thanks to a collision with Charles Leclerc.

Checo had a difficult start to the race from P4 and found himself fighting the Renaults. But Lance – by starting outside the Top 10 – was able to use a new set of Mediums to charge right up from P12 to P7 in the first few corners.

He then launched a move around the outside of Leclerc around the outside of Turn 4, only for the Ferrari driver to tap the rear of Lance and send him into the wall.

With Lance out of the race, Checo and the team took up the mantle in fighting for a strong result.

Checo initially consolidated P6 behind the two Renaults, but his special talent for conserving the tyres would come into handy!

While our rivals stopped on their Used Soft tyres within the pitstop window, Checo was able to stretch the tyre life up to Lap 20 of 53.

He switched to the Hard tyres, and came out ahead of both Renaults – and into a net P4.

Once the field had cycled through their strategies, Checo expertly grew a gap of around 10 seconds to over 20 seconds by the finish to secure an impressive result for the team.

Checo: “It was a lonely race out there! We got the absolute maximum out of the car today and P4 was the best result we could achieve, so I’m very happy.

“The first stint was absolutely key. We knew the start would be difficult on the dirty side of the grid, but I was disappointed to lose two places to the Renaults off the line.

“I think we were very similar on pace to them, so the fact we were able to conserve the tyre so well in the opening stint and get back ahead of them was crucial – and we did a great job to execute that strategy.

“We can go into the next race on a real high, and I’m looking forward to getting the upgrade soon and aiming for more great results in the coming races. We have a strong car this year and I’m enjoying driving it.”

Lance: “I made a great start to the race and I was up to P7 by the time of the collision. Having had the free choice of tyres, by starting outside of the top 10, we were in a really good place to execute a strong race and score plenty of points.

“Sadly, it wasn’t to be because my right-rear tyre got hit by Leclerc on the opening lap. I’m very surprised that he didn’t get a penalty because I left him plenty of room and he could have avoided making contact by not going so wide on the exit. I was on the edge of the track and couldn’t have done more to avoid him, so I’m disappointed that a careless move cost us a potentially good result.

“What’s done is done, and I’m ready to focus on coming back stronger in Germany next time out.”

Otmar Szafnauer, CEO & Team Principal: “A perfectly executed race by Sergio and the team to convert fourth place on the grid into a race result.

“Despite dropping back behind the Renaults at the start, he battled back with a combination of overtakes and strategy to score 12 important points.

“A very strong weekend from start to finish. But it was a bittersweet race with Lance being taken out of the race on lap one - through no fault of his own - when Leclerc hit his right rear tyre. That spun Lance around and into the wall.

“It's a massive shame because he had made a superb start and was already up in P7 right behind Checo. Given the pace of the car, it’s a huge shame that Lance couldn’t score the points he deserved today.”

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