I really think we will miss the fans in Monza, because the atmosphere there, for our team’s home race as well, was always really special. And then comes Mugello, so that’s two home races for the team and, to some extent for me too as I live near Monza. This will be a special trio of races. I can’t wait to go to Mugello. It’s always exciting to discover a new circuit in a Formula 1 car. The teams have no data from this track so everyone, drivers and teams, will be discovering what it’s like. It’s a thrilling layout and I think that will be especially true in a Formula 1 car. I raced there in 2013, but in an F1 car it will be very different and impressive. The double right-hander especially should be super quick. It will be a track where you can really feel what a Formula 1 car can do and it will be fantastic from a driving point of view.
I love racing in Italy so I’m really happy about it! At Monza, it’s the usual story of finding the right balance between downforce for the corners and good straight-line speed. Again, it’s all about getting it right on Friday. With Mugello, I have good memories of the track, particularly winning in Formula Renault many years ago. I enjoyed driving there, it’s a very interesting track; I would even say one of the most impressive ones. I really like high-speed corners and Mugello has plenty of those. It should be something very special in a Formula 1 car. With the level of downforce we have now, it’s going to be amazing to drive. The main thing is that I enjoy driving the car, it’s the best part of the job and that has not changed. Of course, the spectators and fans usually make the atmosphere very special and that’s something we are missing. But for sure it will be back one day. In the meantime, with fewer activities to deal with outside the car at the track, I’m spending more time practising my guitar in the driver’s room!