TEAM REPRESENTATIVES – Franz TOST (AlphaTauri), Zak BROWN (McLaren), Otmar SZAFNAUER (Racing Point)
Q: Welcome gentleman, good to see you all. Can we start this session please with your first impressions of the Algarve International Circuit. What are the engineers saying, what are the drivers saying. Franz, perhaps we could start with you.
Franz Tost: It’s a very impressive race track. The drivers like it. It’s a demanding track, it’s not so easy and we are still analysing everything to find hopefully a good set-up. It’s, I think, an enrichment for Formula 1 to be here because it’s really a very nice venue and I like it.
Zak Brown: I think it’s exciting to come to new venues. I think that’s been an exciting part of the season this year, with some new circuits. I think the drivers enjoy the challenge of the circuit, the elevation changes. I think it will be difficult to pass around here. The early comments as you would expect was not a lot of rubber down so quite slippery but it will be exciting. I’ve been here before, about a decade ago, so I think it was intended to have Formula 1 races here before all the testing restrictions were put in place. So, I think we’ll put on a good show for the fans.
Otmar Szafnauer: Yeah, no different to what Zak and Franz said. There’s good elevation change here and some blind corners too and some