08.12.22 NL Blog
Abu Dhabi GP: The story behind my weekend
So, we leave Spielberg with my second F1 race done and another finish under my belt.
I felt more comfortable in the car this weekend – but unfortunately the race was a tricky one to manage, and we were definitely slower as a team than we thought we were going to be.
I was among the action on the first few laps, and it was good to get my first real experience of proper wheel-to-wheel racing in Formula 1. The speed at which everything happens is like nothing else!
In general, I felt my performance today was better than my debut and it was good to share the same piece of track with George for most of the race. It’s just a shame that our pace meant we were only able to compete against each other.
But it still got the competitive juices flowing. I couldn’t quite keep him behind this time, but I learned a lot and feel I made another step forward. Now as a team we have to understand why we were slower than anticipated and try and turn it around for Budapest.
I’ll stay in Austria for a couple of days before heading to Hungary. After two rounds at the same track, it’ll be good to see how our performance stacks up at a different circuit.
The Hungaroring has never been one of my favourite venues, but I have had some good results there in junior categories so I am looking forward to it.
Hungary will be the last event of the opening triple-header, so my aim will be to continue learning, while hopefully improving the car at the same time.
Last season Williams had one of its most competitive weekends in Hungary, and knowing that we’ve made a step forward this year, we’re all eager to see what’s possible.”
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