Spain 2020 - GP preview - Racing Point
Q: What’s the main challenge of Barcelona?
SP: “Barcelona really tests the characteristics of your car. If you’re fast in Barcelona, you can be fast anywhere – that’s what makes it such a good place to hold pre-season testing. But we obviously have different challenges and conditions on a race weekend compared to testing. It’s also usually where most teams bring upgrades to their cars, so it can also affect relative performance to your rivals.
Q: Do you feel like you have extra support in Spain thanks to your common language?
SP: “I definitely feel the support of the local fans. It’s a great motivator and I’m very grateful for that. They always make me feel at home, too. It’s a shame the fans can’t be there this weekend – but I hope they enjoy following the weekend from home.”
Q: How have the past two weeks been for you and how are you feeling heading into the weekend?
SP: “Firstly, I’m very lucky that I’ve only had mild symptoms, so I’ve been able to keep training and make sure that I’m ready to jump back behind the wheel of the car. I’m very glad I had my tablet to keep me entertained too, though! I’ve definitely missed racing and it was hard to watch from the outside. I can’t wait to get on track, hopefully this weekend.”
Q: What do you enjoy most about visiting Barcelona?
LS: “I know Barcelona really well. It’s such a great place to visit. The weather is always amazing, the food is incredible, and you’ve got the nice beaches too. We obviously won’t be able to explore as we usually do – but hopefully we’ll have some fun on track to make up for it.”
Q: Like all Formula 1 drivers, you must know the circuit like the back of your hand?
LS: “We certainly get plenty of mileage across the weekend and pre-season testing! It’s definitely a familiar circuit and that means everyone will be closely matched in terms of lap time, so it’s about extracting every last tenth from yourself and the package to get a good result.”
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