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Japanese Grand Prix - Suzuka, 27 September 2015
Maurizio Arrivabene: “You’re never completely happy when you don’t win the race, but I think this result should not be compared with what we had achieved in Singapore one week ago. We’d rather compare this track to Silverstone, because it has similar characteristics. And if we look back at the British Grand Prix, at the gap that we had there to our main rivals, we can see that today we have been closer. And this means that there has been a major development in all areas, starting from our power unit. As for the strategy, we were in doubt as to shortcut the Mercedes or pit after them; but there were not many data available from practice, due to the rain on Friday, so making certain choices would have meant a huge risk for the life of the tires.”
2015 Formula One Japanese Grand Prix, Race
Sahara Force India scored eight points in today’s Japanese Grand Prix with Nico Hulkenberg finishing in sixth place. Sergio Perez suffered a puncture on the opening lap, which cost the Mexican the chance of scoring points.
PERFECT 10. 2015 FORMULA 1 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX – THE RACE
Suzuka International Racing Course
Sunday 27 September 2015
ROSSI │ Chassis 03 P18 1:41.467
STEVENS │ Chassis 02 P19 1:41.452
Pastor follows Romain home for double score
Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado followed each other across the line in seventh and eighth at the Japanese Grand Prix, the team’s first double top eight finish since India 2013.
The pair took advantage of a busy start to run as high as fifth and sixth respectively early on.
2015 Japanese Grand Prix Race Report
"We did our best, but our best isn’t good enough at the moment"
Suzuka International Racing Course, Sunday 27 September
The 2015 Japanese Grand Prix was a disappointing home race for the McLaren-Honda team.
Despite starting from 12th (Fernando Alonso) and 14th (Jenson Button) on the grid, and taking advantage of a couple of first-lap incidents to nick a few extra places, neither driver was able to hold back the stream of faster cars behind them.
JAPANESE GRAND PRIX
September 27, 2015
A double points finish here in Suzuka for our Scuderia. Here our drivers and team's reaction at the end of the Japanese Grand Prix.
Japanese Grand Prix - Race report
The Japanese Grand Prix yielded a double points finish for the Renault-powered Scuderia Toro Rosso team. Max Verstappen finished in ninth, with team-mate Carlos Sainz tenth.
Infiniti Red Bull Racing endured a difficult race. Daniil Kvyat started from the pitlane but made the most of his early pit stops to finish in 13th. Daniel Ricciardo suffered a puncture at the race start and finished in 15th.
2015 Japanese Grand Prix - Race
27 September 2015, Suzuka
Suzuka 1-2 as the Silver Arrows Strike Back
Lewis took victory at the 2015 Japanese Grand Prix to take his career wins to 41, matching that of Ayrton Senna, fourth in the list of all-time winners
Nico claimed second to secure an eighth Silver Arrows 1-2 of the season with his 37th career F1 podium finish
The drivers went into Turn One side-by-side and Lewis emerged from Turn Two in the lead while Nico dropped to P4 after he had to run wide on corner exit
Nico recovered strongly, stopping on laps 15 and 29, overtaking Bottas and running well on the prime tyre to undercut Vettel and regain two positions
Japanese Grand Prix – Race
Weather: sunny and dry, 27-29°C air, 35-42°C track
After a difficult qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix with starting positions at the back of the field, the Sauber F1 Team finished the race in 14th (Ericsson) and 20th (Nasr). Marcus Ericsson made a mistake, which cost him some positions. His teammate, Felipe Nasr, had to retire at the very end of the race due to an unidentified problem at the Sauber C34-Ferrari, which needs to be investigated.
Japanese Grand Prix
· Valtteri Bottas finished the Japanese Grand Prix in fifth place, whilst teammate Felipe Massa finished in 17th.
· Valtteri was jumped by Vettel at the start but held on to third in the early stages after passing Rosberg on the first lap.
· Contact with Ricciardo at the start resulted in a front-right puncture for Felipe, with him needing to pit for new tyres and front wing on the first lap.
· Being a lap down after the stop made it difficult for Felipe to challenge for points today.
· Valtteri ultimately finished in a comfortable fifth after being passed by Raikkonen at the final round of pitstops collecting an important ten points for the team to extend the gap to Red Bull Racing in the Constructors’ Championship to 69 points.
JAPANESE GP – RACE
27 September 2015
DANIIL KVYAT, Finish Position: 13th, Start Position: Pit lane
“It was pretty boring for me out there this afternoon, because a combination of circumstances meant I had to just sit back and was unable to attack. I had a completely new car, so that wasn’t so easy. We had difficulties with the tyres, the brakes and the overtake button, which made life complicated. In the end, I did manage to overtake some people, but it wasn’t great. It’s frustrating and annoying, but there was nothing I could do. Battling for P13 does not give you much satisfaction. But a big thank you to the team, they had a lot of work to do on Saturday night to get the car ready for the race.”
2015 Japanese Grand Prix FP3 and Qualifying Report
"The race will be tough for everyone tomorrow"
Suzuka International Racing Course, Saturday 26 September
Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button will start 14th and 16th respectively for tomorrow’s Japanese Grand Prix.
Jenson was eliminated at the end of Q1, when a yellow-flag period meant he was unable to better his banker time set at the beginning of the session. That first lap had also been compromised after the car had not been switched to the optimal engine mode, which lost Jenson time.
TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED. 2015 FORMULA 1 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX – QUALIFYING
Suzuka International Racing Course
Saturday 26 September 2015
STEVENS │ Chassis 02 Q1 P19 1:38.783 5 laps
ROSSI │ Chassis 03 Q1 DNQ 1:47.114 5 laps
Japanese Grand Prix - Suzuka, 26 September 2015
Kimi Raikkonen: “The result of this qualifying is a bit disappointing, as we had a good speed all the way through and the behavior of the car was pretty good. The first two qualifying laps went well, bu my first run in Q3 was average, my tires did not have the right grip. It’s a bit disappointing not having been able to run my second lap: I’m sure we could have improved, but the red flag stopped the session. For the race tomorrow it’s a bit unknown, because nobody had the time to run in dry conditions and do long runs, but I think we should be fine. Hopefully we have done all things correctly so that we can gain some positions. It’s going to be a long race, starting behind other cars, but we’ll try to make a good start and then go from there.”
Romain repeats Q3 berth for eighth, Pastor starts 12th
Romain Grosjean qualified eighth for the Japanese Grand Prix, while team-mate Pastor Maldonado will start from 12th after Nico Hulkenberg was handed a penalty.
Both drivers expected a step up in pace at Suzuka after difficulties in Singapore and those expectations proved true after Romain secured a place in the top ten shootout on one fast lap.
2015 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX – SATURDAY
Carlos Sainz (STR10-04, Car 55)
Third Practice Session - Best lap: 1:35.963, pos. 10th, 29 laps
Qualifying - Best lap: (Q1) 1:34.873, (Q2) 1:34.453, pos. 12th
“It’s disappointing to be out in Q2, it was definitely a day to get into the top ten easily. Unfortunately, during my second Q2 run, we picked-up some vibrations on the front tyres, which meant that I couldn’t improve my time and missed out in getting into Q3. It’s been difficult to adapt to this track in the dry. I had just 20 laps to learn the circuit and today it’s all been a build-up until Q2, when I finally felt totally comfortable and knew exactly what lines to take. I was ready to get into Q3 and it was a big shame not to make it in the end. I was starting to have great fun! For tomorrow our objective is to finish in the points again. I have a set of new Option tyres available, so that should help a bit, and I also have a good car so I’m convinced we can have a great race.”
JAPANESE GP – QUALIFYING
26 September 2015
DANIEL RICCIARDO, Position: 7, (3rd Practice – 3, 1:34.497)
“Firstly, the most important thing is that Dany is okay. I haven’t seen a replay; I only saw the car when I passed it but the team was on the radio to let me know he was fine. As for today’s session, in general it went reasonably well. I don’t think seventh shows how happy I was with the car, because I thought we were on for a top five, but we’re still in a good place for tomorrow. We’re also in a good place for tyre wear, so we’ll see what happens. Strategy is open for the race, it’s possible to do one stop but two stops will probably be the trend.”
Japanese GP Qualifying
· Valtteri Bottas qualified third and Felipe Massa fifth for tomorrow’s Japanese Grand Prix.
· Both cars made it through Q1 on the prime tyre before needing only one option tyre run each in Q2 to safely make it into the top ten shootout.
· Neither driver had a chance to improve on their final runs in Q3 as the session was red flagged following an accident for Kvyat.
2015 Japanese Grand Prix - Qualifying
26 September 2015, Suzuka
Nothing to separate the two as the Silver Arrows secure 10th front row lockout of the season
Nico took his second pole position of the season at the 2015 Japanese GP and his second consecutive pole in Japan
Lewis claimed P2, just 0.076 behind Nico, to make it an all-Mercedes front row lockout for the tenth time in 2015
A red flag brought the session to an early end without any driver completing a final flying lap, meaning times from the first run set the grid
Both drivers ran twice in Q1 (prime/prime), once in Q2 (option) and twice in Q3 (option/option)
Japanese Grand Prix – Qualifying
Weather: sunny/overcast and dry, 26-28°C air, 33-39°C track
Bad luck for the Sauber F1 Team during qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka. Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr will start the race from 17th and 18th. At the end of Q1 both drivers were on their personal best laps when yellow flags were waved in sector two. Max Verstappen’s Toro Rosso had stopped on the track.
2015 Formula One Japanese Grand Prix, Qualifying Report
Qualifying for tomorrow’s Japanese Grand Prix saw Sergio Perez end the day in P9. Nico Hulkenberg set the eleventh fastest time, but is expected to start from P14 following a grid penalty.
JAPANESE GRAND PRIX – SUZUKA, 25 SEPTEMBER 2015
Kimi Raikkonen: “Today the weather was not very good and the track conditions were a bit tricky. It’s a shame for everybody but it was a day like any other for us: we did some running and tried to learn something. We have to wait until tomorrow and see how the weather comes out to be, it could be anything. We’ll try to do a good job and make the best out of it.”
2015 Japanese Grand Prix - Practice 25 SEP
“The support this weekend has been fantastic”
Suzuka Circuit, Friday September 25
Wet conditions made progress difficult at Suzuka today. Overnight showers eased only slightly before the start of FP1, then returned with a vengeance for much of the rest of the day, meaning that both sessions required the deeper, Full Wet tyre for the majority of running. While Intermediates made brief appearances in both sessions, the conditions quickly worsened, making it too wet to safely run without a Full Wet.
Limited running for Romain and Pastor
Way of the Rain
With continual rain falling at Suzuka on the first day of running for the Japanese Grand Prix, the team opted for a limited lap strategy for Romain Grosjean, Pastor Maldonado and Jolyon Palmer.
Jolyon ran alongside Pastor in the opening session, which was most affected by the weather, and the pair could only set two installation laps between them on the wet tyres.
JAPANESE GP: FREE PRACTICE
September 25, 2015
Has been a rainy day in Suzuka: here our drivers and team's reaction after Free Practice 1 and 2.
2015 Formula One Japanese Grand Prix, Free Practice Report
Wet weather in Suzuka saw Sahara Force India complete a reduced free practice programme ahead of Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix.
Japanese GP Practice
Objectives: Wet set-up and tyre work.
Rob Smedley, Head of Performance Engineering: It was a reasonably quiet day. This morning’s wet track gave us a chance to test the car and tyres in problem situations such as when the track is crossing over between the wet and intermediate tyre. Our tests were well-executed and we learnt a lot. The rest of the day was tougher and we now have a very busy FP3 to capture all the data ready for the race. Tomorrow looks to be dry at present, as does Sunday.
2015 Japanese Grand Prix - Practice
25 September 2015, Suzuka
Limited running in wet conditions on Day One at Suzuka
Nico finished in P3 and P2 respectively in the two Friday Practice sessions, with Lewis P5 and P3
Light rain throughout the day limited running to just 22 laps (Nico) and 14 (Lewis)
Both cars ran the wet tyre in P1, the wet and intermediate compound in P2
JAPANESE GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE
25 September 2015
First Practice Session: Position: 2, Best Time: 1:49.938, Laps: 7
Second Practice Session: Position: 1, Best Time: 1:48.277, Laps: 6
“The conditions today were tricky. The track was slippery the more it drizzled and Suzuka is a narrow circuit and there are a few corners where the car had a tendency to aquaplane. We have work to do for tomorrow but I think we are ready. The chassis is handling well, cornering in the wet has always been strong for us but we don’t know what the weather will be like tomorrow. For us it would be good if the rain continued, but we will see what happens.”
2015 Japanese Grand Prix - Preview
23 September 2015, Brackley
The 2015 Formula One World Championship season continues with Round Fourteen, the Japanese Grand Prix, from Suzuka
2015 Singapore Grand Prix - Race Day 20 SEP
“Honda's power units performed with admirable reliability here in Singapore”
Marina Bay Street Circuit, Sunday September 20
Singapore Grand Prix - Singapore, 20 September 2015
Maurizio Arrivabene: “This is a fantastic win! It’s fantastic for Seb, who yesterday put in an awesome qualifying lap, something which reminded me of the great champions of the past. But this result is also fantastic for the whole team, for all the guys here in the Singapore garage, and also for those who work back at Maranello. Kimi’s third place today clearly shows how important and effective was the development work we carried out on our car. Today we have both drivers on the podium and we’re happy with that. And yet, I was not sure that we could make it until we crossed the finish line. A race win is something you build step by step, from the start onwards: and on a track like this, full of unpredictables, and with two safety car periods, the real problem was keeping concentration. Now I don’t want to make predictions for the championship: there are still may points at stake, and obviously we’ll do all that’s in our power to stay in front. But always with great humility and a huge respect for other contenders.”
2015 Singapore Grand Prix - Qualifying 19 SEP
“Tomorrow's race will be long and hard”
Marina Bay Street Circuit, Saturday September 19
Singapore GP Qualifying
Valtteri qualified seventh and Felipe ninth for the Singapore Grand Prix.
Valtteri set his quickest time on his final run but was pushed down from P5 to P7.
Felipe made a small mistake on his last lap, so was unable to match his best Q2 time.
Williams was closer than usual to both Mercedes, with Valtteri just two tenths behind Hamilton in P5, while Ferrari and Red Bull make up the first two rows.
Singapore Airlines Grand Prix – Qualifying
Weather: dry, 31-29°C air, 40-33°C track
It was a disappointing result in qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix for the Sauber F1 Team, as the drivers finished 16th (Nasr) and 17th (Ericsson). In terms of results, the new aero upgrade has not yet fulfilled its expectations. However, the first data from the aero tests shows potential that will need further investigation.
SINGAPORE GP – QUALIFYING
19 September 2015
DANIEL RICCIARDO, Position: 2, (3rd Practice – 4, 1:46.359)
“It’s really nice to be back up here on the front row; it’s been a while and it’s a bit of coincidence that it’s Seb and I together, but it should be a good race. Qualifying was exciting and to have no Mercedes up here is a surprise, so we will definitely try to capitalize on that - it would be nice to be back in the press conference tomorrow! I’m really happy for the team as we have definitely made a load of progress, since Silverstone and particularly since Budapest. Today’s result backs up the confidence I had in the car. We’ll be aiming for the win, as that’s where the points are and the champagne is. Seb put himself out of reach, so we are second best for today and we’ll try and go one better tomorrow. It’s always a challenge here and you need to have confidence in the car, because it’s hot and physical and a test for the driver which makes it fun. I’m happy with the way the weekend has gone so far.”
2015 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix, Qualifying Report
Qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix saw Nico Hulkenberg set the 11th fastest time ahead of teammate Sergio Perez in P13.
2015 Singapore Grand Prix - Qualifying
19 September 2015, Singapore
Lewis and Nico to start P5 and P6 respectively for tomorrow's Singapore Grand Prix
The team will start on the third row of the grid tomorrow, missing out on pole position for the first time in 24 races
Lewis qualified fifth and Nico sixth after struggling for grip
This year's pole lap from Vettel was just under 2 seconds quicker (1:43.885) than last years' time set by Lewis (1:45.681)
Both drivers ran prime and option tyres in Q1, with option tyres used throughout Q2 and Q3.
2015 Singapore Grand Prix - Practice 18 SEP
“At least we're in the fight here”
Marina Bay Street Circuit, Friday September 18
2015 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix, Free Practice Report
Sahara Force India’s preparations for the Singapore Grand Prix progressed well with Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg clocking up 109 laps between them during the two practice sessions.
Singapore Airlines Grand Prix – Practice –
Weather: dry, 30-28°C air, 38-33°C track
During the practice sessions for the Singapore Grand Prix the new aero package was introduced on the Sauber C34-Ferrari. Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr were able to run different aero measurement tests, as well as doing race preparation work with short and long runs on both tyre compounds (soft and supersoft). Overnight the Sauber F1 Team will analyse the data collected in order to make suitable adjustments to the Sauber C34-Ferrari for qualifying and race.
Singapore GP Practice
Objectives: Aero evaluations, set-up and tyre work.
Rob Smedley, Head of Performance Engineering: We've got a bit of work to do on both the low and the high fuel. The drivers are alternately happy on the prime and the option tyre, so we need to work to get them each happy on both compounds. The reality is we need to find a bit of performance as well. The up sides are that we've brought a lot of new parts here, worked through our programme diligently, and they seem to be working well. Now we just have to put everything together to ensure we get a good position in qualifying.
SINGAPORE GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE
18 September 2015
First Practice Session: Position: 3, Best Time: 1:48.331, Laps: 21
Second Practice Session: Position: 3, Best Time: 1:46.256, Laps: 29
“We’ve had a pretty nice car out of the box at the last few races, because the balance has been right. Both free practices today were good for us, we hit a bit of traffic on the Option lap, but we know what we have and I think we are looking good for the weekend. Saturday is the important day but I am happy we started off on the right foot in free practice. The car felt strong and as expected is performing well at this track. We will be doing some fine tuning tonight. We expect the silver cars and the red ones to turn it up tomorrow, but hopefully we can keep the pace we showed to get up as far the grid as possible.”
2015 Singapore Grand Prix - Practice
18 September 2015 ,Singapore
Hot and sticky on the first day of running at the Marina Bay Circuit
Nico topped the times in the first session with Lewis in P2 in very hot conditions
A competitive second session ended with Lewis and Nico finishing P4 and P7 respectively
Both cars ran the prime (soft) tyre in P1, the option (super soft) and prime in P2
SINGAPORE GP: FREE PRACTICE
September 18, 2015
After the first two sessions of the Singapore Grand Prix's Free Practice, our drivers and team look back at today's action at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.
Singapore Grand Prix Preview
Power Unit details
Singapore is one of the slowest circuits on the calendar, rating just above Monaco and Hungary in terms of the lowest average speed. With 23 corners, the average speed is around 165kph.
Singapore Race Preview
18 – 20 SEPTEMBER
A modern-day classic despite its unusual timings as a night race, Singapore has become a popular stop for the Formula One paddock. Due to the high humidity the drivers lose up to three kilos in sweat during the race, so preparation is vital to maintain concentration amidst the looming street circuit barriers. The race’s susceptibility for safety cars makes it one of the longest of the season, and it often finishes close to the FIA’s two hour time limit. Good traction and car stability are vital for a good laptime due to the bumpy nature of the circuit but unlike other street circuits, overtaking is possible.
Preview – 2015 Singapore Airlines Grand Prix
13th Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 18th to 20th September 2015
Hinwil, 14th September 2015 – The Singapore Grand Prix is one of the highlights of the season for the Sauber F1 Team. Not only because of the unique atmosphere which the Marina Bay Street Circuit on the island state offers, but also due to the new aero package that will be introduced on both Sauber C34-Ferrari in Singapore. The night race, as well as the typical high temperatures and high humidity, makes it to one of the most exciting and challenging race weekends on the Formula One calendar for drivers as well as for team members.
2015 Singapore Grand Prix - Preview
14 September 2015, Brackley
The 2015 Formula One World Championship season continues with Round Thirteen, the Singapore Grand Prix, from the Marina Bay Street Circuit
2015 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix, Preview
Team Principal, Dr Vijay Mallya, hopes for another strong showing on the streets of Singapore
VJM: “The Singapore Grand Prix has already established itself as a firm favourite on the calendar. The organisers put on a fantastic event and I enjoy the unique atmosphere of the night race. It’s a venue where we’ve traditionally been competitive and we go there determined to build on our good track record.
AHEAD OF THE SINGAPORE & JAPANESE GRAND PRIX
Daniel, it’s traditional for a driver to start the Singapore preview by saying it’s a bit hot and quite humid...
Well it is hot! And very humid! I think it’s all those tall buildings downtown – the heat doesn’t have anywhere to go. It’s the most physical challenge of the year. It’s the only race of the season where you crack open your visor to let in some cool air and instantly wish you hadn’t because it’s hotter outside. By the warm-up lap your chilled drinks bottle is the temperature of a freshly-poured cup of tea. It’s a tough place to race – but I love the challenge. I think most of the drivers do.
2015 Italian Grand Prix - Race Day 06 SEP
“Though expected, a very difficult weekend”
Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Sunday September 6
As expected, that was a tough afternoon for McLaren-Honda.
Both drivers made strong starts – Jenson Button jumped five cars on the first lap, and ran as high as ninth in the opening laps. However, he was soon passed by a number of faster cars, eventually settling into 15th position. A late retirement from another car elevated him to 14th at the end.
2015 Italian Grand Prix - Qualifying 05 SEP
“It'll be tough to make progress tomorrow”
Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Saturday September 5
Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso will start 15th and 16th respectively for tomorrow’s Italian Grand Prix.
Jenson qualified 16th, and receives a five-place grid penalty, but will start 15th owing to four cars receiving bigger penalties, which relegate them to the back of the grid. For the same reason, Fernando will start 16th despite qualifying 17th.
2015 Italian Grand Prix - Practice 04 SEP
“This is a circuit we love”
Autodromo di Monza, Friday September 4
A difficult pair of free practice sessions for the team today.
Jenson was sidelined for the majority of the afternoon after his car suffered a coolant leak, which could not be fixed before the end of the session. This meant that the bulk of the evaluative work was conducted from Fernando’s side of the garage.
The engineers will pool data tonight ahead of tomorrow’s free practice and qualifying. However, the afternoon session will be tricky since both cars have grid penalties (Fernando, 10; Jenson, five) for fitting a ninth ICE this weekend.
Italian Race Preview
MONZA, 4 – 6 SEPTEMBER
Monza is home to some of the most passionate fans in Formula One. The Italian Grand Prix was first held during the inaugural Formula One season in 1950 and has been on the calendar ever since. Four times during a single lap the FW37 will exceed 195mph due to the circuit’s layout. Monza’s history surrounds the circuit with corner names linking back to past greats and the original banking from the 1950s is ever-present. Monza hosts the last visit to Europe for the Formula One fraternity before they head to sunnier climes. The Italian Grand Prix has had six Williams victors, with Felipe Massa securing an emotional podium in 2014 in front of the Tifosi.
ITALIAN GRAND PRIXVIEW
September 1, 2015
Time flies, definitely. As we gear up for the final European Grand Prix of the team's tenth season in Formula 1 – as well as our home race! – we joined another of Max and Carlos' conversations, this time while talking about their preparations for the race, the Italian track, the speed and... Adrenaline rushes!
So... Next one: Monza!
CS: "Monza is such a classic, old-school track, every driver loves to race there!"
MV: "Yes, I just can't wait – it's the type of track I enjoy: high speeds, great braking zones and a unique atmosphere. The only time I drove there was last year during an F3 test, but to actually race there must be such a great feeling..."
2015 Italian Grand Prix - Preview
01 September 2015, Brackley
The 2015 Formula One World Championship season continues with Round Twelve, the Italian Grand Prix, from Monza
Driver / Senior Management Quotes
Spa was a really positive weekend for me. I felt comfortable right the way through and it was great to finally get another win at one of the real classic F1 circuits. Now, we head to another of those in Monza. It's an awesome track - so fast and with some of the most passionate fans you'll see anywhere in the world. I was actually at this circuit with Sir Stirling Moss earlier this year, driving the banking in his old Mercedes W 196, which was just awesome. Having that taste of what it was like for those guys back in the day really gives you a feel for the history of this place and why it became so legendary. It's still a big challenge today, too. Fast, but really technical at the same time with some heavy braking and big kerbs to ride for the best line. Racing in Italy brings back a lot of good memories for me and I'd love to add to those this weekend, so that's the aim.