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Charles talks us through the
“There are a few tricky sections such as braking
for turn 10 (while still cornering in turn 9!) and
the section comprising turns 5 to 7 where it is often
difficult for the drivers to know whether to push or
not. It is quite hard on brakes and rear tyres, and this
often becomes a focus of our set-up across the weekend.
On top of all of this, Mother Nature also makes it a bit
more tricky, with high and gusting winds, a possibility
which can affect car balance in the high speed corners.
The high winds also mean that sand is blown on to the
track, however the cleaning machines currently used do a
fantastic job of clearing it up.
Running the race at night for the first time should add interest.
The drop in track temperatures at the end of the day during
winter testing created large balance and grip level changes, so it
will be interesting to see how the race unfolds later into the night.”
Sakhir will be the first track this year where we have already driven the latest
car, as we had the two test sessions there. Regarding the new cars, from the
cockpit, despite all the technical changes, they are not so different to drive,
when compared to the 2013 models. You still have a steering wheel, a throttle
and a brake!
There are a few aspects of your driving that you have to adapt, but the
real changes are on the Power Unit side, in terms of when and how you
will work to save fuel during the race, compared to going flat out on a
I think this year’s Grand Prix here will be quite special, as it is the first
time we will drive this circuit at night under lights. I think that will be
cool, and it will bring a special atmosphere to this race, looking a bit
like Qatar for the MotoGP race. The track itself presents nothing out of
the ordinary, with the usual aero compromise so that the car is quick
down the straight, but still has enough downforce for all the corners.
It’s a nice circuit, good for testing and racing with its long straights and hard
braking, as well as a mix of corners and challenging ones like turn 10.
I am looking forward to racing there, as it will be the first track I will drive
on this year where I have already tested. But really, that doesn’t make much
difference to my approach, because whatever track we go to, I should learn
it quickly enough.