2017 FORMULA 1 PETRONAS MALAYSIA GRAND PRIX
"A day I will never forget"
Fresh off the track Pierre talks us through his first full Formula 1 Weekend with Toro Rosso in Sepang, Malaysia
Today felt fantastic! My first day as a Formula 1 driver, first Free Practices… It’s been a very special day!
This morning when I drove out of the garage for the first time was a very emotional moment. I was super happy but at the same time I was focusing on the work with the team, trying to be as competitive and professional as possible from the very start.
I think it’s been a positive first day. In this morning’s session we had tricky conditions but I managed to do quite well in the wet. In this afternoon’s FP2, I kept learning and getting used to the car and all the procedures - I have to say that I feel more and more comfortable, lap after lap. Of course, I still need time to get even more confident, but we are progressing well and going step by step. We will now work hard tonight and focus on tomorrow… I can’t wait to get back in the car again
Your first qualifying in Formula 1 is always a special moment and one I was really looking forward to!
I tried to give my best and I think we made really good progress between FP3 and Qualifying. I felt comfortable in the car in Q1 and then, in Q2, I kept on learning while giving my all and I’d say we can be satisfied with the result! I now look forward to tomorrow, my first Formula 1 race and something I’ve been dreaming of since I was very young…! I expect it to be a really good experience and I hope to keep improving tomorrow as well. You never know what can happen with the weather here so, if the rain and tricky conditions do appear, I will welcome it as I felt confident in the wet in FP1 on Friday and I’m sure it will make it all even more exciting!”
This was a special race for me, as it was my first ever Formula 1 race – a day I will never forget! It was definitely a good experience, I'd say even better than what I expected.
I tried to do my best and pushed as hard as possible! It was a really physical and tough race – my drink system didn't work properly, the water was going all over my face and not in my mouth! – and it felt like a long race... But with such a big adrenaline boost that I got, I just kept focusing until the end.
I was quite close to Magnussen during the whole race, but it was quite difficult to close the gap. I think I also need a bit more experience regarding tyre management and blue flags– but this will come with a bit more practice, I'm sure!
I will now have a look back at the race and see all the things I can improve for the next race in Japan next week. All in all, I leave Malaysia satisfied, it was a positive race!
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