Archive for July, 2020

R.3 HUNGARY 2020

Monday, July 20th, 2020

“It was quite a busy race and, overall, I’m happy with how it went. I gave everything I could and I felt we got the most from it today. Our start was good and everyone around us went for slicks quite early on. We showed good pace on the medium and almost caught the top six at the end. Eighth was all we could achieve in the end, though. We’ve had eighth in every race so far. It’s not bad, but I do feel we have the speed for more from the first three races. We’re not far from top six finishes, it’s coming, and we know bigger points are around the corner.”

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R2. AUSTRIA 2020

Tuesday, July 14th, 2020

“We certainly hoped for more today. I had a good start and made some decent progress up the order. The mediums felt good on our first stint, but when we put the soft on it wasn’t as quick as we’d hoped, and it didn’t really give us as much as we’d thought. The end of the race was frustrating, and I was struggling to hold on to the position on the last couple of laps. On the incident, I did see Stroll coming but I felt if I turned in, we would have crashed, so I had to make that call. I maybe should have blocked him and it’s a shame to lose a couple of positions from that one moment. The overriding feeling is frustration, but we’re up and running for the season now.”

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2020 Helmet

Wednesday, July 8th, 2020

What inspired the design for this year?
In recent years I’ve had more freedom with the overall design of the helmet, and when I looked at my cabinet where all of my helmets are lined up, I noticed all of the older ones generally looked the same. So going forward, I want every helmet to be a piece of art and each year it will represent something different.

Are there any standout features?
I’ve worked with Nico from Ornamental Conifer again, and I feel it’s something different again this year. The base of the helmet is a sort of leopard print style, not necessarily obvious in its colours but with the use of pastel greys and charcoal. We have more layers applied to the helmet again and this helps to give parts of it more pop.

This year my title for the helmet is ‘become unstuck’. It’s a similar trend to last year’s messaging, where it’s all about not getting caught up in the same old stuff and how it’s important to pull yourself away and do something on your own.

How long does it take from start to finish?
We started our first ideas for the helmet back in October last year. At that stage we only really confirmed we wanted purple on the helmet and it’s been gradual since then.

Your favourite part of the helmet?
I love the entire helmet and it’s tough to single out one aspect. I do really like what Nico has done though on the top of the helmet this year, and we noticed a lot of camera on-boards last year caught a lot of the pink on the helmet. So, this year Nico has created a logo that is visible for the on-board camera shots which says, ‘smile you’re on camera’, it’s quite witty and funny.

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Life as a Formula 1 Driver

Wednesday, July 8th, 2020

Describe a typical day in your off-season?
The break in F1 is the summer time back home in Australia, and for me it usually starts by setting no alarms. Once I am up, I try to head to the beach first thing where there are good coffee and food places. Being at the beach and in the sun really helps to kickstart your day the right way. Next, I’ll spend some time with family and friends and maybe go to the farm where I’ll drive some buggies, and eventually watch the sunset. Sometimes we’ll go out fishing as well which is always fun.

What do you enjoy the most about the break?
The weather! And, after such a busy year and with lots of travel, it’s great waking up and not having too many plans for the day.

What’s been your most memorable moment during an off-season?
I went fishing once with a group of friends at around 4.15am. It was pitch black outside, but it was so special being out on the water that early and waiting for the sun to come up.

What do you like the least about the break?
There isn’t too much to dislike about the break, but you do miss the lack of racing and contact with the team. The closer you get to the season start, the more excited you get.

One thing you’d love to do during the break that you haven’t done before – what would it be?
Surfing. I’ve only done it a few times and every summer I say to myself that I’ll do it again, but I never get around to it. I’m also scared of sharks, so that sometimes puts me off.

Do you focus on anything in particular for your training?
I haven’t focused on just one thing and because the break is quite long, there is enough time to make sure everything is done. Such as building up your cardio, overall strength and neck strength. We plan for most of the training to be outdoors, so the cardio is always fun – running along the beach in the sun and heat. Mountain biking is also fun and very accessible near my house in Australia.

Do you follow a special type of diet or nutrition plan in the pre-season?
During the break, I am conscious the more I let myself go then the more work I have to put in to get it all back. But I do try to be as relaxed as I can be about it. Once January starts, I try lower my intake of meat and increase vegetables in my diet.

Do you have any pre-season tips for junior drivers?
Overall, it’s about finding a balance, because you need to do a lot but also try not to peak too early in your training phase. My advice would be to start with low intensity and be patient. Neck training is also very important for racing drivers as that part of the body is used so much and it’s very fragile. In terms of cardio, it’s not about sprinting as fast as you can. You have to build a base and get those long runs or bike stints in first and foremost.

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R1. AUSTRIA 2020

Monday, July 6th, 2020

“Today was a reminder of what Formula 1 can be like and, sometimes, it’s unkind. It’s a shame to retire early, but we had a cooling issue and we had to retire the car as a precaution before we did any further damage. I think there are a lot of positives from the weekend. Our low fuel pace looked strong and we know we have a little bit to learn on high fuel. We can take a lot from it and it’s good we have another chance next weekend. We’ll learn and move forwards.”

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