The unknowns and very low grip of the Jeddah Corniche Circuit will be an issue for all of the drivers to quickly adapt to this weekend as they head out on track first ahead of Formula 1.
A factor that Hitech GP team mates Jüri Vips and Liam Lawson are aware of as both Red Bull Juniors ready themselves to accept the challenge.
Vips embracing the bravery needed on the track.
“I drove it in the simulator, and it seems really really cool. I think that it will be very difficult to get used to. I think it will come a lot down to bravery, because it will be very low grip at the start,” claims the Red Bull Junior who compared the first sector at Jeddah to that of Suzuka.
With the limited track time on a new track, bravery indeed will come in Qualifying and throughout the races, as the drivers find out how accurate their simulator preparation has been.
But for Vips, it appears as though the bravery and the challenge of getting up to speed the quickest is a challenge that he is ready to enjoy.
Lawson aiming high.
After agonizingly missing out on the DTM title during the nine-week break. New Zealander Lawson will be hoping that his luck will change as he aims to finish his rookie season as high as possible in the Drivers’ Standings.
“I’ve got to make the most of Free Practice, get as many laps done as we can, to go into Qualifying as well prepared as possible.”
The 19-year-old who seems intrigued by the layout of the Jeddah Corniche Circuit, talking about how he will tackle Jeddah this weekend as he aims to go for strong race performances in the closing stages of the season.
Being the ones up to date first.
“It’s going to be interesting to see who’s team has the most accurate simulator and how close that is going to be,” explains Lawson ahead of Round 7.
And with only one Practice session on track before Qualifying later on Friday, the limited track time will mean that the drivers will have to quickly find where the limits of the track are.
With the Hitech GP duo hoping to come out on the right side of that and the other challenges, they face this weekend as they aim to finish the final two rounds of the season on a high.
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