Pastor Maldonado feels the Nürburgring has lost some of its old character while Valtteri Bottas enjoys its high-speed sections...
Pastor Maldonado feels the Nürburgring has lost some of its old character while Valtteri Bottas enjoys its high-speed sections.
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Pastor Maldonado:"Although the Nürburgring layout has changed recently and lost some of its old character, it's still a pretty fast and flowing track which I tend to like and offers some good overtaking opportunities. It's one of the most technical circuits on the calendar and we have been working hard to improve our cars balance in slow, technical corners. Tyre degradation is likely to be high as well, but in the last couple of races we have shown that we can control this quite well so that should give us a boost. The weather is often cold and can change throughout the weekend which is a challenge for all teams, but variable conditions would suit us. I just missed out on a points finish at Silverstone and will be looking to go a step better in this race."
Valtteri Bottas: "The Nürburgring is a very challenging track as it has a broad mixture of corners which makes car set-up difficult. I really like the high-speed sections in particular, especially the fast left and right corners leading to the back straight. The weather is often changeable so we will be preparing for the possibility of a wet weekend. I've always enjoyed driving in tricky conditions though and our car is currently performing better in the wet/damp conditions so I will be hoping that we do see some showers. With tyre management being so important, and teams not having raced here last season, we will be trying to get as much data from the practice sessions as possible to make sure that we are racing on Sunday with the optimum strategy. The team will be continuing our 600th race celebrations in Germany and we will be looking to score some points to give the people back at the factory an extra boost."
Mike Coughlan: "Nürburgring is quite a technical track with lots of challenging corner sequences and camber changes. There can also be variable weather which adds another element into the mix, although we don't see many safety cars, with only two being deployed in the last ten races. It is a slower speed circuit with a below average top speed and the average corner speed is similar to what we see in Barcelona. The circuit is about 600 metres above sea level so engine power is low and downforce is reduced. We'll reach our 600th race as a team at the German Grand Prix and we will be looking to mark this milestone with a strong finish this weekend."