Abu Dhabi Preview Quotes from the Toro Rosso F1 Team
“It’s unbelievable how quickly my first season in Formula 1 has gone by! I still remember this time last year as if it was yesterday…It was a very special moment in my career too as, after the 2014 Abu Dhabi test with our friends at Infiniti Red Bull Racing, I was confirmed as a Scuderia Toro Rosso driver. It will now be good to go back there and race…
“I have some very good memories [of my Toro Rosso season]: scoring my first ever F1 points in my first race in Australia; qualifying in P5 in front of my home crowd in Barcelona; racing from pits to points in Monaco. Okay, then there’s been a bit of an unlucky streak, but we were able to overcome that and I’ve had some more good races lately, like Austin. I’ve learned so, so much this year that I can be sure I’ve become a better driver and I can use this experience to grow even more. This year was all about gaining experience, and that’s what we’ve done!”
“It’s a shame that it’s already the last race of the season, it would be good to keep on racing for another few weeks! At least I have my simulator at home, I can race on that until the season starts again!
“I’m very happy with my first year in Formula 1 with Toro Rosso. It’s been a steep learning curve. The Toro Rosso team has scored some really good results, ending up very close to the podium thanks to our two P4’s in Hungary and Austin! I’ve also had a lot of fun out on track – hopefully I can have some more this week.
“Even though [the Yas Marina Circuit] has long straights, there are also plenty of corners, which is good. The atmosphere is also special, with the harbour so close, and it will be interesting to race starting in the daylight and finishing at night. It’s the perfect setting for our last day at school. If we could finish the season sixth, that would be great – so let’s go for it! We will all push together, that’s for sure.”