5:14 Sky F1’s Martin Brundle delivers his verdict on Lewis Hamilton’s latest Formula 1 record, what’s next and how many wins, and titles, he could rack up.
Charles Leclerc, Ferrari: “I’ve already raced at Imola twice in Formula Renault. It’s a track that I love and really enjoy driving at. The circuit is very technical, with some very tricky corners and it’s also a track where there is very little room for mistakes. I think that most of the drivers who are yet to discover it will love it there.
“This weekend we’ll also try the two-day track activity format for the first time, even if, to be honest, we’ve tried something similar because of the circumstances a few weeks ago at the Eifel GP, when bad weather kept us in the garages on Friday. It will be interesting to see how this compressed weekend will work.”
Daniel Ricciardo, Renault: “Imola is another new one for us. I’m excited about going there as we’ve had a great run of racing at new places and I’ve enjoyed them all so far. It’s also back to another Italian race and I’ve had good results in Italy this year so I’m hoping to have another strong one this weekend. I haven’t raced at Imola before and I’m sure there will be a bit of an aura about the place as there is so much history there and that will be nice to experience.”
Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri: “It’s an old-school track, one of those I really like, with gravel traps, high-speed and blind corners and elevation changes. It’s not going to be easy to set up the car properly for qualifying and the race with only one practice, but it’s a nice challenge which makes the weekend very exciting.”
Lance Stroll, Racing Point: “It’s clearly a very technical track and narrow in places – I think precision is going to be very important. That won’t be easy, it’s a tough track and hitting all the marks will be a challenge every lap for all the drivers. It’s going to be demanding mentally and physically, but overtaking could be a real challenge.”