After a tough weekend in Baku, Jolyon looks forward to the challenges of the high-speed Red Bull Ring.
How would you review Baku, one week on ?
Actually I feel very positive about the overall Baku weekend, even though I don’t have a lot to show for it ! The yellow flags in qualifying cost us a lot and then I made some mistakes in the race. The crux of my problems came in turn one : I got a good start, but then locked up and flat spotted the tyres under braking for the corner. This meant I had to do another pit stop, without which I think we could have been a bit higher up and ahead of both Haas cars. But on the whole the car was OK and we are making progress.
Austria : climb every mountain, ford every stream ?
Yes, I’m looking forward to getting back into the European heartland. Unfortunately we were not that competitive in Baku but we should be more on it in Austria, which is a faster circuit and should suit our car a lot better.
Do you enjoy racing on the track ?
The Red Bull Ring is quite a simple track, with just seven corners. Putting a good lap together is very important as the lap times are very close and any mistake can really hurt. I like that though, as the driver can make more of a difference. There are some bumpy zones and some overtaking possibilities, such as turn one and turn two. There are some fast corners as well, including the second-last corner that is pretty quick. Then the last corner has a bit of camber and you need to carry the speed through. I raced there in 2014 in GP2 and I drove in FP1 last year. It’s a lot more fun in an F1 car as there are more straightlines and the tyre deg is very low so we can be flat out the whole race.