On the eve of the Tuscany Grand Prix, Red Bull Racing driver Alex Albon talked about the features of the Mugello circuit …
Question: What do you know about Mugello?
Alex Elbon: I look forward to this stage, in Mugello we will have a special race. The track is incredible – there are no slow turns. I think, in terms of physical activity, this is the most difficult track where we are performing this year.
I only raced here once, in Formula Renault in 2012, but even then I realized how steep the track is. If we talk about speed, then we are waiting for one of the fastest tracks on the calendar. The lowest gear we’ll be using this weekend is 4th!
Q: What do you expect from piloting in Mugello?
Alex Elbon: The track is special, fast and with a noticeable difference in altitude – it’s a lot of fun to fly. I drove a circle on the simulator and I can say that it is smooth.
It’s hard to say what awaits the team, but I think that the track suits us. The track makes its debut on the calendar, past experience this weekend does not matter – it will be interesting.
Q: Mugello is not just a fast and physically challenging track, but also completes a series of built races. Are the riders really feeling the strain?
Alex Elbon: It will be very difficult for us physically, because the turns are fast and long – in them we will fully feel the overload! On some tracks, such as Singapore and Hungary, physical fitness matters and Mugello is on this list too.
Q: How difficult is it to overtake in Mugello?
Alex Elbon: I don’t think it will be easy for us to overtake – qualification is very important. You can overtake only in one place, in the first corner – the cameras should be placed there. I expect high speeds and heavy tire wear. An exciting race awaits us in terms of strategy. There are two or three pit stops possible.
Q: In Mugello for the first time this season, fans will come to the stands …
Alex Elbon: It’s great that we will see spectators in the stands again. To be honest, I’m already tired of the same faces in the paddock! We are safe when inviting fans, so I’m looking forward to it.