Fernando Alonso he returns to Istanbul Park after ten years, but for someone like him, a lap is enough to get used to a feeling that he has certainly not forgotten. The Spaniard, a great protagonist also in Sochi (if the rain had not increased in the final, he would have reached that podium that has been missing from 100 races), wants to continue with his excellent form on a track he likes, although he has never reserved for him. great satisfaction (zero wins, zero pole positions, but “only” four podium finishes). The Alpine rider is especially intrigued by the sensations of the renowned curve 8 driving modern Formula 1 cars. These are the words of Nando and his teammate Esteban Ocon.
Fernando Alonso: “I have good memories of the Turkish Grand Prix. It is a circuit with a good mix of high speed corners and overtaking opportunities. Turn 8 is a unique challenge and I can’t wait to tackle it in a modern Formula 1 car. I fought a great battle with Michael Schumacher there in 2006. It was just behind my gearbox coming out of the last corner on the last lap. That was just one of the many battles on the track we had that season. We have had some good races this year and above all we have been consistent. We need to maintain this continuity and score even more points for the team to finish the season at the top“.
Esteban Or with: “I like Istanbul Park because it is a really nice circuit. It was my first time racing there last year, as it has been for many riders on the grid, and it certainly lived up to expectations. When it was announced that we would be racing in Turkey again, I was quite happy as I feel I have an unfinished business there. Last year was an interesting weekend for many reasons. The track had been resurfaced and at the beginning it was difficult to find grip on the track. Then, when the track started to tire, it rained on Saturday and it was probably the toughest conditions I’ve ever ridden.“.