China 2019 - GP preview - Red Bull

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By Olivier Ferret

6 April 2019 - 12:01
China 2019 - GP preview - Red (...)

Max Verstappen

“The Chinese Grand Prix is always a good one for racing because the track gives you a lot of opportunities for overtaking, so I’m looking forward to hopefully having an exciting race there. The first sector is really nice because you can take a lot of different lines through the long right-hander so it can be quite interesting during the race in terms of trying to stay out of the dirty air. The track can also be quite hard on the left front tyre so in the race you’re always looking at how you can use the least amount of energy in that corner. Overall, Shanghai provides you with a lot of opportunities to fight and set up overtakes like for example in turn six, where you’re already preparing and setting up for that in Turn 1. We scored some good points and maximised the result in Bahrain but we still have a lot of things to learn about the car. We’ve been busy back at the factory and hopefully we can close the gap in China. This year in Shanghai is also the tenth anniversary of the Team’s first race win, so hopefully we can put on a good show, especially for the passionate fans there who always turn out.”

Pierre Gasly

“I’m really excited to go racing again for the third round of the season. China is not actually a place I really know well and last year was my first race there but I’m looking forward to going back. Shanghai is a really special track with the long back straight and the technical part at the beginning. Now we just need to keep the improvements we’ve made from one race to another and hopefully we’ll be able to find some more performance and fight for even better points. Red Bull took its first victory in China and this year’s race is also F1’s 1000th Grand Prix so it will be a special weekend. Looking back to Bahrain, it was not an easy weekend with the changing conditions but at the same time it was good to finish inside the points. Now we’re just focusing on the areas we can improve on before next weekend.”

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