So, Fred, first time in Mexico, how's it been being here and with experiencing the weekend with the team?
Fred: “Being in Mexico has been a really, really cool experience. I've learnt so much from being with the team. Being able to drive the car and then straight away being in all the meetings. Learning from Lewis and George has been very beneficial, because I can assess my own performance against two of the best drivers in the world. And that has been very helpful. Also being with the Mercedes crew, the engineers and everyone has been great. They’ve all been extremely helpful for this weekend and also my future, for sure. So I’ve learned a lot.”
How did it feel driving out of the garage for the first time in W14?
Fred: “I would be lying if I said that I wasn't nervous, but it's funny because when you put your helmet on, and especially when the engine starts, it's just like this tunnel of focus. All of my brain capacity is focused on how I can execute this job in the best possible way. So, when the engine starts, you sort of forget about that nervous feeling, but for sure when I woke up in the morning before the FP1 there was some nerves.
What was your focus for the session?
Fred: “Well the focus was to deliver really good feedback to the team, both on the car set-up but also on the planned set-up changes we made. There were never any specifics in terms of lap time or achievements, it was more focused on completing the programme, driving within your limit and learning from that. We definitely did that so I was pleased overall.”