For the first time since 2013, Formula 1 returns to the Nürburgring, one of the legendary historic circuits that will host the Eifel Grand Prix. The Williams team is preparing for the 11th stage of the season, hoping to show better results than in previous races.
Dave Robson, Chief Race Engineer: “After a seven-year hiatus, we are returning to the Nürburgring. Located in the Eifel Mountains, this trail has an interesting combination of different types of bends, and there are several straight sections, although not a single long one.
We are looking forward to a visit there, because on the Mugello track, which was also “new”, we did a good job.
Since the race takes place in early October, this means that the weather can significantly affect the course of the weekend. Most likely it will be cold and windy, as well as a high probability of rain. Pirelli’s tire makers will bring rubber from the middle of their lineup, and understanding how it will perform in cold weather is our top priority.
The previous race took place in Russia, and there we continued to progress in qualification: George Russell again made his way to the second session. However, the results in the race leave a lot to be desired, and we must figure out how to achieve more on Sundays.
We have devoted a lot of time to analyzing the information collected at the Russian Grand Prix, and this coming Friday we will need to check a number of our conclusions – we hope this will help to work out more effectively on all days of the German weekend. “
George Russell: “I’m really glad we’re going to the Nürburgring. The last time I played there was five years ago, it is one of my favorite tracks because it has a special character.
Everyone will have to get used to an unusual track, and this gives us some opportunities, especially since the weather is expected to be cold and, probably, rainy, so an interesting test awaits us. “
Nicolas Latifi: “It’s great to have another race ahead of us, and we are back to the Nurburgring, where I last competed in 2015 in Formula Renault 3.5. It will be interesting to rediscover this old-school track, because it has its own characteristics: there are unique curbs, gravel traps, and there are no wide departure zones.
It looks like the weather will be cold and very rainy, and I am ready to take on the challenge. Conditions await us, unlike those to which we are accustomed this year – I hope we can perform well, but for this we must use all the opportunities that can be presented. ”