2018 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW – TEAM AND DRIVER INTERVIEWS

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2018 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW – TEAM AND DRIVER INTERVIEWS

Following the Singapore Grand Prix, we’re now making our way to Sochi for the 2018 Russian Grand Prix – in this post, you’ll be able to see interviews from drivers and team members ahead of the race this weekend.

MCLAREN – 2018 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW

FERNANDO ALONSO

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Fernando Alonso: “It feels like a long time since we last raced in Russia as the race was much earlier on the calendar last year.”

“It also feels longer for me since I didn’t make the start due to reliability issues, so I’m looking forward to finally racing in Sochi again.”

“Last weekend was definitely a boost for everyone. We have had at least one DNF over the last few races, so crossing the line with both cars was positive, and something we need to keep working on every race. It was great to get points too, and the aim is always to keep scoring at every possible opportunity.”

“We know some of the coming races won’t be as favourable to us as Singapore, and there will be tracks that won’t suit our car as much. With every race we’re pushing hard, learning a lot and trying to maximise what we have.”

“Sochi is a fun circuit with a very interesting and unique layout with its 90-degree corners, so let’s see how our car performs there.”

STOFFEL VANDOORNE

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Stoffel Vandoorne: “After the last race, I hope we can continue to make progress in Russia and keep moving forward. Although I had a disappointing qualifying in Singapore, we once again showed that our race pace is stronger, so it’s important that on my side I can get the best result possible on Saturday to give us the best chance on Sunday.”

“I felt very comfortable in the car, we had pace and I felt like we could keep pushing. Strategy and tyre wear will once again be very important during this race, and especially getting a good read on the durability of the Hypersoft tyres from Friday onwards.”

“This track won’t be exactly the same for us in terms of performance as Singapore, as the layout is very different and it’s a challenging configuration. But I’m focussing on each weekend individually, race-by-race.”

“Hopefully we can have a smooth Friday and start the weekend strong so we can make the most of every session.”

RED BULL RACING – 2018 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW

DANIEL RICCIARDO

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Daniel Ricciardo: “Sochi is a pretty unique circuit, it’s very flat and open. In some ways it feels like driving flat out in a car park, but it’s a surprisingly enjoyable lap.”

“Apart from the long straight, there’s a lot going on and it’s a layout that keeps you thinking. It’s definitely grown on me since we started racing there.”

“The track surface has also improved over the last few years. When we first went there the track was very slippery but the grip levels have improved as the track has rubbered in, making it a more enjoyable circuit to drive. It’s not a track I’ve had an amazing result at and it doesn’t really play to our strengths, but this is racing, so anything can happen.”

“I guess I need to go out and find Max a decent 21st Birthday present, (laughs) or maybe I will just dedicate my race win to him.”

MAX VERSTAPPEN

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Max Verstappen: “This year’s Russian Grand Prix will be a special one for me. It is my 21st birthday on Sunday, so hopefully I can make it one to remember.”

“I think I celebrated my 18th there also, so it won’t be new to have my birthday in Sochi. I feel Russia is an up and coming Grand Prix as it still feels quite new to me. As well as being in the Olympic Park the track has a unique layout. The views from parts of the track and the hotels are really nice.”

“On one side you have the mountains and on the other, the sea. It’s not the best track for our car so it’s vital to get the set-up right for specific corners, we know we will lose time on the long straights so cornering is key.”

More updates coming soon!

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