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..."
CS: "It really is. I enjoyed it so much there last year. [Note: Carlos scored two pole-positions and won a race in his Renault World Series 2014 season]. But to drive an F1 there and reach one of the highest top-speeds of the year... That must be such an adrenaline rush, eh?!"
MV: "Ah! Speaking about adrenaline rushes... Do you know what I did last week?! I decided to go for a different kind of training and went water-skiing! That was really thrilling, good fun and, actually, a great workout for the arms!"
CS: "Let's see some photos of that, I also try and do some wakeboarding whenever I have time! I also did a lot of " [A proud Max gets his phone out and shows a couple of photos to Carlos].
Hey guys, sorry to interrupt but... What are your thoughts on the weekend ahead?
MV: [While he puts his phone back into his pocket...] "Even though Monza isn't the best track for us in terms of engine speed, I will push to the max, eheh... Obviously! It's the team's home race, so it's definitely going to be a special one for us and everyone will be extra motivated. Hopefully we can deliver another good result and score some more points!"
CS: "Yeah, I just can't wait to get back in the car even if I have to change the engine [Note: due to the problem in Belgium] But that spec seemed to work quite well for you in Spa, right?
MV: "Yes, it was quite good for me in Spa, I really enjoyed the race."
CS: "Yeah, I'm positive even if I'll have to take a 10-place grid penalty... I really want to at least gain all those positions back in the race, as you did in Spa... If you do it, I can do it! [They both laugh together]"
MV: "Overtaking is a lot of fun, it's really not all lost! [Big grin on his face] And anyway... Your bad luck has to stop at one point!"
CS: "Oh yeah, enough is enough! ...Adelante, adelante, que hay un machote al volante!"