All eyes are on the outer Sakhir layout this weekend as Daniel Ricciardo aims for a stronger result from the last race at the same venue.
What are your thoughts on the track?
Firstly, it’s such a relief to know Romain [Grosjean] is okay after that terrible accident on lap one last weekend. It’s a testament to the advancement in safety in the sport and all the brilliant work done by all those who were involved.
In terms of the track, it’s not the first time this year that we’re staying at the same facility for two weeks running, but I like that they’ve changed this one up a bit with the shorter ‘outer’ layout. The expected lap times of under a minute will be the shortest we’ve all ever done in Formula 1, so that’ll be interesting to see how everyone finds it.
Where do you see the main challenges for the weekend?
What it does do is make qualifying extra challenging, because it’ll force the field to bunch up on the out lap. We see it happen every time we qualify at Monaco for instance. Ultimately, it will all be about putting together the perfect lap and one small mistake will make up for half a dozen places, so there will be no room for errors. We’ll try to capitalise on the shorter layout as best we can.
What is the aim for the team?
Our aim is for another double points finish but we need to improve upon how we did last weekend here where we finished seventh and ninth. We couldn’t find consistent pace on Sunday, but let’s see if the lower downforce on this layout will make a difference. Only two races to go and I’m looking forward to it!