08.12.22 NL Blog
Abu Dhabi GP: The story behind my weekend
“The opening three rounds in Austria and Hungary flew by so quickly, and here I am already looking ahead to another triple header in Britain and Spain!
As a rookie driver, lots of races in quick succession is great news. It makes it easier to transfer lessons learned from one round to the next. It’s a hard slog for the team though, and there is a lot of effort and long hours going on between the races.
It may only have been short, but the break after Hungary has been very useful. I was able to take a step back and properly analyse the first three rounds, looking at what went well and, more importantly, to focus on where I need to improve in the next few weekends.
I also spent time at the Williams factory, doing simulator and correlation work and gearing up for Barcelona and the team’s home track, Silverstone.
I’ve never hidden the fact that Silverstone is my favourite track on the calendar, and with this Formula 1 car it should be an incredible experience – super grippy and super high-speed. And with two rounds of course, double the fun!
Realistically Silverstone is, on paper at least, a track that we may struggle at in comparison to how we performed as a team in Budapest. Our performance there, particularly in qualifying, showed the steps the team has made. But we’ve got to ensure we don’t get carried away, and even though we know there is progress we’ll probably have to reset the expectations heading to Silverstone.
So it’s time to knuckle down and concentrate on doing the best job possible. I’ll continue to build on the experiences of the first three rounds, try and extract more out of myself and the car, and hopefully as a team we can surprise ourselves.”
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