RENAULT LOOK AHEAD TO SILVERSTONE
Renault F1 Team previews the tenth race weekend of the 2019 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, the Rolex British Grand Prix.
Drivers Nico Hülkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo share their thoughts on the challenges of Silverstone, while Chassis Technical Director Nick Chester gives the latest on the team and on the 2019 package.
Nick Chester, Chassis Technical Director: "Silverstone is an interesting circuit with its layout and make-up evolving over the last couple of years. Recently, it’s been resurfaced. We can’t be totally sure on what it’s going to be like until we go on track in FP1 on Friday. Knowing how smooth it is will influence how we set-up the car. In theory, it should be smoother and we’ll see how it settles down as the weekend goes on. It should improve session by session and it will make a massive difference to how the tyres operate."
Nico Hülkenberg: "Silverstone is a high-speed circuit with some big corners, which makes it awesome to drive! The run through Maggots, Becketts and Chapel are quite special and exceptionally quick in a modern Formula 1 car. A lap is tough, very physical and you usually feel the aches after the weekend! You need to find a good, high-speed balance on the car to extract the most performance. I enjoy tracks with big corners and lots of downforce. You have to get the most out of the car and it’s very satisfying when you get a lap absolutely right. We have some work to do on Friday and we have to begin the race weekend on the right foot to put ourselves in the best possible position for a solid result."
Daniel Ricciardo: "Silverstone will always be a special one for me, as it’s where I made my Formula 1 debut in 2011. I’ve always loved Silverstone, it’s a pretty epic track. It just has this nice flow to it, it’s all very high-speed and a great venue for Formula 1. You get a real buzz on every lap as there’s a lot of brave corners to get right. The British Grand Prix is a race I always get very excited about! The British fans are amongst the most passionate and that creates a really cool, electric atmosphere."