Gustav Malja: “I’m feeling optimistic”

Gustav Malja heads into the Red Bull Ring weekend of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series with added confidence after a strong weekend at the Hungaroring last time out that heralded his maiden series podium.

The Swedish driver, who races for the Strakka Racing team, finished third in race at in Hungary, insisting that it will not change his expectations for the season, but adds an extra bit of believe that he can be successful at this level.

“It was great getting a podium in Budapest last time out, but it actually changes nothing in terms of my expectations or how we work,” said Malja.

“There will be no short cuts if we are to genuinely establish ourselves at that level, but we know we can do it and I’m more than prepared to do whatever it takes. I’m feeling optimistic.”

Malja rates the Red Bull Ring amongst his favourite circuits, and is looking forward to driving the Formula Renault 3.5 Series car around the track this weekend.

“The Red Bull Ring is one of my favourite circuits, and I think it will fit the FR3.5 car hand in glove,” said Malja. “It will be absolutely great to drive such a powerful car around there.

“The lap has a very nice rhythm, and with some long straights leading into heavy braking zones, the racing is normally thrilling. It’s a difficult circuit and it’s going to be very close.

“To add to that, we have a different schedule than normal this weekend, with both races on the same day – so it could get tough physically. Concentration, and staying sharp throughout the event, will be key.”