Racers Force India Sergio Perez and Esteban-UPS talked about their expectations before the Grand Prix of Russia.
“After tests in Bahrain have I told you how proud of my team, – said Sergio. – We never gave up and got a good result at any cost. We have 13 consecutive finish in glasses – even when we finished the qualification on the 18th, I did not expect that we will strongly hold the race. Such a good result we got is deserved.
In my opinion, the beginning of the season went for the team well, we did a great job in the strategic plan and implemented all the features. This is the strength of our team.
As for Sochi, I have great memories from 2015, when I went up there on the podium. Then this result proved that anything is possible. On the track all riders like unusual fourth turn, where the car gets a serious overload. The rest resembles a city route, where difficult to overtake, so it is important to perform successfully in the qualification”.
Esteban Windows added: “I’m happy with my start to the season after three races in the glasses, although we could do better. If I was a little bit more luck in China and Bahrain, I would have earned more points. Not enough for me to finish three times in a row in tenth place – I want more!
The track in Sochi reminds Bahrain with long straight and high speed turns. I am familiar with the circuit from the time GP3. I think turn four this year will be felt in new ways because of the greater downforce of the new cars and the right front tire passes the test of strength.
I find it difficult to predict our position. Tests in Bahrain went to us well, but we must not forget, how high is the competition in the middle of the peloton. We looked stronger in the race compared to qualification, and thus earn points. The goal this weekend is exactly the same – again to break into the points zone”.
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