Renault preview the British Grand Prix, round 4 of the 2020 FIA Formula 1 world championship.
Drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon and Technical Director Pat Fry share their thoughts on Silverstone.
Daniel Ricciardo: “I love racing at Silverstone. It’s a special one for me especially as it’s where I first raced a Formula 1 car back in 2011. That feels quite long ago now, but I do remember it well. Silverstone is a great track, it’s quite epic at full whack with a nice flow to it. It’s high-speed throughout and you have to be quite brave in a few places and get the car to stick. We all love Maggots and Becketts, they are amongst the best corners of the entire season and that’s a lot of fun.”
Esteban Ocon: “Silverstone is a really fun circuit to drive. In a Formula 1 car, any fast sequence of corners are a fantastic experience and, at Silverstone, you get that throughout. We all talk about Maggots and Becketts, but they are so much fun to drive in a modern car. They are just awesome. It’s a challenging lap, but a track where a lot of it is down to the driver. It’s about nailing every corner and carrying momentum through the whole lap. There are a few overtaking spots there, so I’m sure there will be some great racing and we’ll be aiming to be fighting for those points places.”
Pat Fry, Technical Director: “Silverstone is a mixture of medium and high-speed corners. The old part of the circuit is fantastic, especially the run through Maggots, Becketts and Chapel. It’s a great circuit for highlighting potential car performance problems and identifying what works well and what doesn’t. You need a good level of efficiency in the car and it’s also quite a power sensitive circuit. The last race in Hungary was at the extreme maximum downforce. Silverstone, however, is more about having an efficient car that works well in the high-speed corners. In the past, our car hasn’t been suited to this sort of track but, this year, the signs are there that we’re heading in the right direction.”