2018 Spanish Grand Prix Preview – McLaren
Race: Spanish Grand Prix
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Most Demanding Section? 2018 Spanish Grand Prix Preview
Turns One, Two and Three.
Turns One and Two are deceptively fast – taken at 180km/h (112mph). Many drivers hit the inside kerbs to help rotate the car and aid direction change.
Turn Three is a breathtakingly fast right-hander, through which the cars accelerate to 285km/h (177mph) at the exit.
DRIVER INTERVIEWS – 2018 Spanish Grand Prix Preview – McLaren
Fernando Alonso: “It’s great to be back in Europe, in Spain, and at home!”
“You can never beat the feeling of racing in front of your home fans. I’m very lucky that we get to race in my country of birth as not all drivers get that opportunity and every year the support from the Spanish fans gets bigger and better!”
“The Spanish Grand Prix represents the start of a very busy few months leading up to the summer break – both for McLaren and for me with my other racing commitments. I’m more than ready for the challenge and I’m really excited to see what the next few races bring us.”
“I know we have some developments in the pipeline, but we also know there is no magic bullet that will propel us to the front of the grid overnight.”
“There has been a lot of work happening at the factory and there is still a lot of work to do – so in Barcelona it’s a chance to evaluate some new things, see where we are, and determine the direction that we take with car development as we progress through the season.”
“As always, and especially after the battle we fought in Baku, I’m really looking forward to pushing hard on track again this weekend in front of my home fans.”
Stoffel Vandoorne: “Heading back to European races always feels very satisfyingly familiar, especially in Barcelona. We all know the track very well and spend a lot of time there – in fact, it doesn’t feel that long ago that we were there during pre-season testing!”
“Thankfully, the weather should be a little bit more reliable this time around. Although we do a lot of testing there and we have a lot of data about the circuit, we weren’t able to do a lot of representative running pre-season due to the weather conditions and the issues we had.”
“However, I’ve spent time back at the factory in the simulator since Baku, so the key will be to translate that information to the track and get a read on our package as soon as possible on Friday.”
“That package will include a few new components that we’ll be working hard to learn about and evaluate on Friday. There’ll be a lot to assess and for sure other teams will be planning the same thing, so as always we’ll need to race hard, ensure good reliability, and optimise our strategy to be able to come home with more points.”