The Frenchman retired from the last race in Canada with rear wing damage but despite the disappointing result, he feels the team is making steps forward and says he is being “won round” by the new-spec cars.
When asked what his outlook is ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix, he replied: “I am positive. Even though the end result in Canada might not show it, we’ve actually made good progress with the car and it’s starting to feel like a real racer in how it handles and how all the systems feel.
“This is very important to me as it helps you get the most out of the car through every corner to make the most of every lap. Certainly at the start of the season this new generation of car was not the easiest or the most pleasurable thing to drive, but I’m being won round.”
He has never driven the Red Bull Ring, but is looking forward to the challenge of learning a new track.
“Competing in the Grand Prix will be my first experience there, which is a pretty cool way to get to know a track,” he said.
“It looks like quite a fun lap with some high speed sections and not too much low speed stuff – which hasn’t suited our car so far this year. The track has a bit of undulation too, which is always fun as a driver.
“A downhill approach to a corner means you have to drive it quite a bit differently than if it’s an uphill approach and Spielberg has both of those. It should be fun.”
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