Formula 1 with BWT
Turkish Grand Prix 2020
Spectacular race weekend in Istanbul – Lance Stroll achieved his first pole position on Saturday and led half of the race on Sunday. Unfortunately, after the second pit stop, his car slowed down and he finished on P09. Sergio Perez finished the Qualifying on P03 and was able to finish the race on Sunday on the 2nd place due to his unique performance. Congrats to Checo and Lance to their top results.
Comments on the Race:
P02 – SERGIO PEREZ
“We’ve come close to a podium several times this year, so it’s great to enjoy the moment now with the team. It was an exciting race and a difficult one all the way to the end. I was trying to look after the tyres, push at the right time to keep the temperatures in the right window, and learn the track all at the same time.
When I crossed the line, I told the team that I didn’t think the tyres could last another lap! They were vibrating like hell at the end. It was about keeping it on the track and making the right calls, which we did. The key was managing the intermediates at the beginning and end of the second stint, it made a huge difference. Lewis was on another level today and, once he got by me, he controlled the race. So, second was the best we could achieve and we did a great job to keep the Red Bulls and Ferraris behind. I had no idea Max was chasing me with all the spray and my mirrors being fogged up: I just saw him run wide and then disappear. We’re all delighted with today’s result and it was a great effort by the team. We’re going to enjoy it tonight!”
P09 – LANCE STROLL
“It’s really hard to understand what happened today. I made a good start from pole position and I was able to build up a lead of over 10 seconds in the first stint, which gave us a real platform for the second stint to get a great result. Throughout the race, I was struggling with graining on the intermediate tyre. The team made the right call to pit when we did because the graining was extremely difficult and it didn’t look like slick conditions would ever arrive. But we then had significant graining on my second set of intermediates, and I couldn’t push to make up places. In hindsight, maybe staying out would have allowed the tyre to clean up, but it’s easy to say that now. Getting pole yesterday was a great achievement, but the points are scored on Sunday. It was fun to lead so many laps, but we didn’t lead enough! While I’m frustrated today, Checo’s scored valuable points and we’ll switch focus to the final few races.”