Williams: 2008 Turkish GP preview 

Written by David on May 02nd, 2008 at 6:27 pmLast Update: May 02nd, 2008 at 6:28 pm

AT&T Williams F1Sam Michael, Technical Director, Williams F1: “Istanbul’s Otodrom has a couple of overtaking opportunities per lap and a good mixture of high, medium, and low-speed corners. The circuit has a great layout and always produces something exciting during the race. The Turkish Grand Prix normally takes place in August, when it’s always really hot. With the race falling earlier this year, the temperatures are likely to be much cooler which will have an impact on bodywork configuration and tyre selection. Downforce is some way off the maximum level because of the long straights, so car set-up is arranged around that. Bridgestone will bring the harder compound tyres to Turkey, mainly due to the long and heavily-loaded left hander of turn eight, a corner which sees the cars and drivers experience the longest period at such a high lateral load of any track on the calendar. The majority of the teams will most likely opt for a two stop strategy in Turkey.”

Nico Rosberg: “I’m looking forward to Turkey. It was our strongest race last year in terms of pace in comparison to the front runners, so I think we can do well there. The circuit itself is great and it should suit our car. We’ve spent some time analysing our performance in Spain, where we took the wrong set-up direction with the car in the opening sessions. We’ve learnt from that mistake so we should definitely take a step forward next weekend. I’m looking forward to it.”

Kazuki Nakajima: “I’m not particularly familiar with Turkey’s circuit, but I did race there last year in GP2 and liked the track so hopefully I can do a good job for the team in my debut there in an F1 car. I will try my best to get a good result and score some more points.”

source: AT&T Williams

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