“It’s my one and only race of the season in the UK and I’m aiming for a first ELMS podium. Silverstone is without question one of my favourite race tracks around the world – definitely in my top-three. We’ll run high downforce so will pull pretty big g-force but it’s not too much of a physical track. I’ve spent time in the gym so am feeling ready for the challenge.
“We’ve made massive steps forward since the ELMS opener at Paul Ricard in terms of the way the team is operated and results are starting to show on the track. I didn’t know the team at all and had never worked with Ryan or Gustavo. My first experience of driving the Oreca 07 in the dry during a day session was in qualifying and so I was very happy to go sixth fastest on my ELMS début. I was very happy with my pace in the last race at the Red Bull Ring and was in a fight for a podium but gambled on tyre choice, going onto ‘inters’, which ultimately proved to be the wrong decision but it was a positive race for the entire team.
“My Le Mans début was amazing. It’s something I’ve always aspired to do it and so to be racing there as a 19-year-old was a surreal experience. The passion and energy that engulfs the event is incredible. Considering how late the deal to do it with SMP came together, I was happy with the outcome. My pace was good and similar to that of Norman [Nato] but unfortunately we lost almost 50mins for repairs after technical issues which put us out of contention. It’s the most amazing race I’ve every competed in.
“I made my sportscar race début last October having previously tested an LMP2 car just once the previous year having raced single-seaters up until then. I adapted pretty quickly and felt comfortable driving a sports-prototype almost immediately. Obviously these cars are heavier and ‘softer’ but it’s a high downforce car so driving them are not too dissimiliar apart from the carbon brakes. Tyre management was new to me, something I’d never had to consider in Formulae 3 or 4, as well as dealing with traffic and the car performances of the different classes.”