Shwartzman (AF Corse): “Have the same mentality and the same approach as in Qatar”

At Imola, Robert Shwartzman spoke this Thursday about his WEC debut in Qatar and the challenge that awaits the drivers this Sunday on the narrow transalpine track.

Published on 18/04/2024 à 21:26

Valentin GLO

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Shwartzman (AF Corse): “Have the same mentality and the same approach as in Qatar”

Photo: Thomas Fenetre / DPPI

Robert, how do you judge your first race of the season with AF Corse (4th)?

It’s a very good start to the season. Of course, everything is a bit new for us. It was the first time that I worked with these people and also with the other drivers (Yifei Ye and Robert Kubica. Editor's note) in the race. We managed to withstand the pressure, to show resilience, because we had problems throughout the race, even at the beginning. We did a very good job. This shows that our good state of mind and our desire to do well. We all do our best to do the best job possible. So I'm very happy that the race went this way.

What do you need to improve personally and as a team?

There is always something to improve. We must first completely get used to each other in terms of communication, structure the work correctly, do not need to say something that has already been done. This is a normal process and it is only a matter of time. Overall, we just need to have the same mentality and approach as in Qatar. We come here to do the best job possible. Because things don't always go the right way, the goal is always to maximize everything we have to earn every little point we can.

Do you think a podium, or even more, is possible here in Imola?

We can do very well. It's not just about making a podium, because for my part, I think we can do even better. It's an endurance race, anything can happen. I trust my teammates, my team.

It's a race that promises to be tricky with GT traffic on a track that is reminiscent of American circuits. What do you think ?

It will be an interesting experience for me because it will be the first time I will be in this position where I will be driving a Hypercar against GT3s on a tight circuit, and where you have to do a lot of overtaking. So it will be a real challenge for me. The right way to do this is to never rush. It is better to lose half a second, but not more, than to make a mistake and penalize the entire race. For my part, I will try to be careful the whole time I am in the car in order to have a clean race.

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Valentin GLO

Journalist. Endurance reporter (WEC, IMSA, ELMS, ALMS) and sometimes F1 or IndyCar.

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