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Austrian F2 warm up with Nikita Mazepin, ART Grand Prix

Austrian F2 warm up with Nikita Mazepin, ART Grand Prix

27.06.2019: FIA FORMULA 2 Championship Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria NIKITA MAZEPIN “I remember when I first went to Spielberg without knowing the track I had a look at the map. It looks pretty simple but there are definitely challenges. First of

FIA FORMULA 2 Championship
Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria





NIKITA MAZEPIN  “I remember when I first went to Spielberg without knowing the track I had a look at the map. It looks pretty simple but there are definitely challenges.



First of all it's a short track and from the outside it looks very easy going, but it's important to have very good car balance because there are a lot of high speed corners with gravel traps which don’t allow you to make mistakes. There are very unforgiving sausage kerbs on the exit of corners too which catch out a lot drivers.
 


“It's a real driver’s track and a very good overtaking arena, especially in Sector 1, so it's a lot of fun for racing. Qualifying laps around the track look spectacular on on-board cameras with a combination of high-speed and slow-speed corners. It’s a very fun and enjoyable place to be.
 


“It has a very smooth tarmac surface which allows you to push in every lap which again makes it fun for fighting with other cars. It's one of the easier places for tyre management which allows you focus on the race.
 


“If you have a chance of starting on pole it's always better than starting further back, although if you don't have a good start from pole it's very easy to be overtaken there on the run down to Turns 2 and 3. You can win or lose a lot of time in Sector 3, with high-speed Turns 7, 8, 9 and 10 but you have to make sure you're well within the track limits and not overusing the sausage kerbs because they can hurt!
 


“I expect myself to do the best job that I can at every race, so hopefully I can deliver that and see where that puts us.”
 



- Alexa Quintin, photo FIA Formula 2

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