Sergio Perez: The track in Sochi does not forgive mistakesSeptember 25, 2019
At Racing Point, they hope to recoup in Sochi for an unsuccessful Singapore weekend, especially since the team’s racers like the Russian track.
Lance Stroll: “I’m always interested to go to Sochi and see all the buildings left after the Olympic Games. I love winter sports, so it’s great to see it all close. I never climbed the mountains there, but last year I remember that from afar I saw snow caps on the peaks. It was a great idea – to build a track that runs through the territory of the Olympic Park.
This track is interesting to race, and it suits my style of piloting. It seems to me that we can compete. There is a very smooth asphalt surface, and this allows you to attack more aggressively than on some other racetracks. The track is much like Singapore and Abu Dhabi – there are also long straight lines, followed by slow and medium-speed corners. DRS in Sochi works quite efficiently, but overtaking is still not easy.
I like that the walls are very close, because it complicates our task. You have no right to make a mistake, unlike many other modern racetracks.
In Singapore, we presented significant updates, but in order to achieve maximum efficiency from the machine, we must continue to work on finding fine-tuning. In Sochi, we will have such an opportunity. ”
Sergio Perez: “I have good memories connected with the track in Sochi. In 2015, I went up to the podium there, and it was a special result, because then we did not use the same tactics as the rest, and it worked. I remember that I had to withstand severe pressure due to attacks by rivals who followed me. On the last lap then there was a small incident, but we managed to avoid trouble and climb the podium.
Feels like the track in Sochi combines the features of the city ring and a stationary circuit. It is quite complex, does not forgive mistakes, especially the last sector, where the walls are pretty close. It’s not easy to pilot there, it seems to you that it is very narrow. Racers believe that she has an interesting configuration, and there are some unusual twists.
I really like the protracted 3rd turn, where the rubber is under heavy load. You can go at full throttle, but it is in this corner that the tires wear out very intensively.
For some reason, overtaking on this track is always difficult, and this is surprising, given that there is such a long straight line. It’s not easy to pursue other cars closely, because there are serious difficulties when accelerating at the exit from slow corners (at the end of the circle), and this creates problems, because by the time you are on the line, you will lag behind a lot. ”
Otmar Safnauer, team leader: “The weekend in Singapore was unsuccessful, but there were also positive points. It turned out that the car is capable of a good racing pace, although we could not fully demonstrate it, considering what positions we started from and how the circumstances developed during the race.
We expected that the race could be successful, and we could compete for points, but we were not lucky. This must be experienced and in the coming weekend to recoup in Sochi. The technical innovations that we presented in Singapore have allowed us to add, and I think in the next races we will be able to use them even more efficiently. ”
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