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Spanish GP – what the drivers are saying

Daniil Kvyat: “…sometimes we have been strong in Quali and other times we have been strong in the race, so we just need a weekend where everything clicks.”

“…..It’s true we went well here in pre-season testing, but this does not mean we’ll have less challenges. I hope we can have a weekend where everything comes together for us, running competitively in all sessions and the race. So far this year, sometimes we have been strong in Quali and other times we have been strong in the race, so we just need a weekend where everything clicks…”

Alex Albon: “…our aim is to be consistently in the top ten! We were strong in Barcelona during the winter test, so I hope we can keep that momentum.”

“…At that first test, I really didn’t know what to expect. Going on with our rolling development plan, we’re bringing a few updates on the car to this race as well and I’m really excited about that – our aim is to be consistently in the top ten! We were strong in Barcelona during the winter test, so I hope we can keep that momentum…”

Robert Kubica: “The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is a track that everybody knows very well, not only from Formula One testing, but also from previous categories. Since winter testing in Barcelona, a lot has changed, with the main difference being the weather and track conditions. I think everybody is looking forward to returning to Spain; it is the first typical European race and event where upgrades are brought. Let’s see what we can achieve.”

George Russell: “I am excited to go back to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya as I won there last year in Formula 2. We have got some exciting items to test in Barcelona that we hope will guide us in the right direction for the remainder of the season. We hope they will be positive steps, to try and turn our season around.”

Sergio Perez, Racing Point, and Lance Stroll, Racing Point, make an appearance on stage

Sergio Perez, Racing Point, and Lance Stroll, Racing Point, make an appearance on stage

Lance Stroll: “Baku was a fun race. I was pleased to be back in the points and it was our most competitive weekend of the year so far. The car felt really good in the race and I enjoyed some good battles.

“As we return to Europe, we always see a big development race up and down the grid. We’ve got some updates coming and it’s going to be interesting to see how we compare to the teams around us this weekend. It’s been a few months since we were in Barcelona for winter testing, so it’s a good chance to see how much progress we have made with the car – even though track conditions will be very different in May.

“Barcelona is a very technical track. You have to find your rhythm because so many of the corners flow into the next one. You have to get the car well-balanced in the high-speed corners to give you confidence in the first couple of sectors. It’s a track we all know well from testing and so it’s usually a very close grid.”

Sergio Perez: “The result in Baku was a big boost for us. We were competitive all weekend and we got both cars home in the points. We have now scored points in every race so far this year and we need to keep up this momentum.

“I’m looking forward to racing in Barcelona. The early-season fly-away races are exciting, but it is nice to be back in Europe getting ready for some of the more traditional races. Of course, Barcelona is a track where we’ve already done so much testing and I don’t think there are any more secrets to discover from the track.

“Even after two weeks of winter testing in Barcelona, finding the right set-up for the race weekend remains a challenge. The data you have from testing is not the most relevant and the temperatures will be very different. Completing a clean and tidy Friday is therefore really important to get the tyre data for the race. It’s also famous for being a track where overtaking is extremely difficult so you have to focus on really maximising qualifying.”

Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Renault F1 Team. Spanish Grand Prix, Thursday 9th May 2019. Barcelona, Spain.

Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Renault F1 Team.
Spanish Grand Prix, Thursday 9th May 2019. Barcelona, Spain.

Nico Hulkenberg: “We rack up a lot of laps at Barcelona year on year, so it’s a place we are all very familiar with. It’s a layout I like with a lot high-speed corners including Turns 3 and 10, which are especially quick. Barcelona is actually a very physical circuit, and you usually feel the aches in your neck after the race! We had a productive winter test there earlier in the year so we’ll be looking to build on that circuit knowledge and put in a good result throughout the weekend.”

“The Spanish Grand Prix has been on the calendar every year since I’ve raced in Formula 1, and I’ve won a race at the circuit back in 2008 in my Formula 3 days! The fans are excellent in Spain every year; they are loud and so passionate for motorsport and that’s great to see.”

Daniel Ricciardo: “The Spanish Grand Prix is always an exciting time of the year as it’s the first European round of the season. Barcelona is a fun circuit, we all know it very well from all the winter and in-season testing. It’s a circuit I’ve always enjoyed racing at in my career: I won there in Formula Renault 3.5 and in recent years have been on the podium. We’ll be targeting a clean weekend right from the off on Friday and hopefully come away with some points in the bag.”

“The track has a bit of everything, which is why it’s probably a good circuit for testing. The first sector has a nice flow, especially the run through Turns 1, 2 and 3. The final sector slows down a bit and is more technical, placing a bit of a demand on the rear tyres which can overheat quite easily if you’re not careful.”

 

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