Now that we’re properly into the GP3 Series season, there’s not long between each race weekend. We’ll be on track at Silverstone just 12 days after we left the Red Bull Ring.
I’ve had two wins from the first two rounds and I’m leading the championship, and since the Red Bull Ring I’ve been very busy just preparing for Silverstone. I’ve been at my team Carlin for debriefing from the last round, I’ve been on the simulator at Red Bull Racing’s base in Milton Keynes, and generally getting ready for my home race weekend.
I’ve enjoyed a lot of success at Silverstone in the past in Formula Renault and Formula 3 – people used to call me a Silverstone specialist, but fortunately I’ve lost that tag because I’ve won on other circuits too! It is special going there for the British Grand Prix meeting, but it’s still very early days in the season so I’ve just got to treat it as a normal weekend. Even so, I’ll have more of a buzz inside me to do well, and I’ve got confidence just as I had for the first two rounds at Barcelona and the Red Bull Ring – I’ve done my homework and Carlin have as well, and we’ve definitely got some speed.
Silverstone has been good to me in both wet and dry, and conditions are looking as though they may be quite mixed this weekend. Judging by our pace at the moment I’d like it to stay dry, but by the same token I know I’m fast there in the wet. I’ve done days and days there in the wet, and I don’t think there’s an inch of track surface I don’t know in all conditions!
Because the first couple of race weekends have been so successful attention has grown quite a lot and it’s put a bit of spotlight on me coming to Silverstone, and that’s something I enjoy. I love pressure, and live for the feeling of needing to win.
That spotlight means I’ve got a few media interviews lined up. It looks like I’ll be doing interviews on the Thursday with Sky Sports and the BBC, and that’s really good – it’s getting my name out there more and more.
We’ve been the ones to beat in qualifying and the first race of each weekend so far, but I’ve been out of luck in the reversed-grid Sunday races and haven’t scored any points in those yet. That’s been disappointing because our pace is so fast, and it’s something we’re aware of the need to rectify.
As a team, we’ve worked so hard on qualifying and the first race – those are the things that we can control. There’s a lot of planning that goes into it – being on track at the right time, tyre strategy, where you have to be on the track on the first lap. Winning the first race puts you eighth on the grid for race two, right in the middle of the pack and in front of the guys who are desperate to get into the points, so you can’t really control that. But I can’t complain, because everyone is in the same boat.
Anyway, you get more points for winning the first race than the second each weekend, so I wouldn’t change that for anything!”