The BWT Racing Point F1 Team drivers have talked about the ‘challenging’ Red Bull Ring as they prepare to start the 2020 FIA Formula 1 World Championship at the Austrian Grand Prix.
The team will be aiming to build on testing, where they were dubbed the ‘Pink Mercedes’ with their 2020 car showing promising pace.
They will also be aiming to improve on last year’s results in Austria with Lance Stroll and Sergio Perez, as neither managed to finish in the points.
Ahead of the weekend Stroll talked about the best things in Austria and expressed his excitement about heading to the track and the country.
“Austria is awesome! It feels like home out there. You’re up in the mountains and I’m definitely a mountain guy. I’m big into my skiing and I love the outdoors. You can really soak up the fresh air and all the spectacular scenery in Austria. I really love going there,” said Stroll.
Last year the twenty-one-year-old finished outside the points in fourteenth place, but he will be aiming to improve this year after a promising pre-season testing programme. He spoke regarding the challenges of the circuit, talking about the positives of the track, showcasing his excitement to race at it due to its flow and technicalities.
“It’s short and technical which makes it feel really tight – but it’s got a really nice flow to it too. It’s only just over a minute for a Quali lap, so every corner has to be spot on.
“It’s almost like a kart track in that sense. Every detail of the lap and every hundredth of a second matters. Those sorts of fractions can be the difference between two or three positions on the grid – and that makes it really exciting.”
Perez hasn’t spent much time in Austria outside of racing but is looking forward to getting back to the track that he first raced at in 2014.
“I first raced there in 2014, so only a few years ago. I haven’t spent as much time as I’d like in Austria away from the track – but it’s a place that
“I really enjoy visiting. It’s a really unique venue with beautiful scenery – you really feel like you’re surrounded by nature.
“It’s also the home race for BWT, who have been really supportive of us over the years, so it’s important for us to put on a great race for them.”
The Mexican also talked about challenges of the circuit because of how quick the lap is, and also touched on his favourite parts of the track itself.
“It’s quite a challenging track, actually. It’s a really short lap and every corner is tricky, so you’ve got to be very precise and make sure that every single one is perfect.
“It’s quite different to most tracks in that sense, because there’s more pressure than normal on a single lap. Turn 3 is one of the best challenges. It can be hard to spot your apex point – especially in traffic – but it’s a cool corner and one that I enjoy.”