George Russell is feeling hopeful going into the Turkish Grand Prix after having a week off to reflect on his Imola mistake. During a Safety Car at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Russell locked-up his car and went into the wall. The crash was partially difficult for the young Brit as he was on course for his first Formula 1 point.
Turkey brings a new opportunity for Russell to collect points, especially with how well the Williams Racing car has been over the past couple of races. The team remain the only team on the grid not yet to have scored a point, and with only four races remaining time is running out for them.
Russell said: “I am excited to get back racing in Turkey, and for the challenge of driving at a new circuit. It has been good to have a week off to reflect on what happened at Imola and learn from my mistake.
“The recent performance from the car has been really encouraging and I am looking forward to seeing what we can achieve. Overall, I am feeling stronger and prepared to fight back this weekend.“
Intercity Istanbul Park is one of the tracks Nicholas Latifi was most looking forward to when the new 2020 calendar was released. It is the only track the Canadian believes he hasn’t been to yet.
Latifi thinks the team has a good opportunity going into the race as other teams don’t have much data on the track so its causes a bit of an unknown.
“I am super excited to get to Istanbul and hit the track there,” said Latifi. “It is probably one of the newer tracks on the calendar that I was most looking forward to driving. I think it is the only one that I haven’t been to, so it’s always nice as a driver to have the challenge of finding your way around the track.
“From whenever I watched it when they used to race there, it always looked like a fun one. As always this creates a new opportunity for us, with teams not having recent data. I am excited to try and capitalise on that, and hopefully we have a good weekend.”
Head of Vehicle Performance Dave Robson previews the Turkish Grand Prix, citing that he thinks its one of the best layouts of the past twenty years.
He is also hoping that the team can get some points on the board after the promising performances at Portimão and Imola.
Robson said: “The season is progressing well, and we now have a standalone race in Turkey before we head to the Middle East to complete the season with the final triple-header. The circuit at Istanbul has one of the best layouts of the circuits added to the calendar in the last 20 years. Like Imola, it runs anticlockwise and uses elevation changes to enhance the challenge and spectacle. The famous Turn 8 is the signature corner on the circuit and will subject the cars and drivers to large lateral forces for a sustained period, adding to the physical challenge.
“We return to the normal weekend format for this event, which will give us a chance to explore more setup options than we were able to do in Imola. Work will be centred around understanding the track surface and the tyre behaviour and this will enable us to pick a set-up that sensibly balances the qualifying and race requirements.
“Over recent weeks we have experimented with this trade and were able to make some good progress in both Portugal and Imola. George and Nicholas both showed good pace during the race in Imola and but for a small error, we would’ve finished inside the top 10. Although frustrating to have missed out, we are pleased that we were able to get ourselves into that position, and we hope we can consolidate it here in Turkey.”