Di Resta: India ‘best of modern tracks’

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Paul di Resta hailed the Buddh International Circuit, scene of this weekend’s Indian Grand Prix, as the best of the modern Formula One circuits.

“I think the layout is one of the best from the new generation of tracks,” said Di Resta.

The Buddh International Circuit joined the F1 roster in 2011. Other recent additions to the calendar include the Circuit of the Americas (2012), Korea International Circuit (2010), Yas Marina (2009), Singapore (2008) and Valencia (2008, now dropped).

“Sector one stands out for me because it’s where you can really challenge somebody,” explained Di Resta, “it’s got long straights and big braking zones and can make for some exciting battles.”

“The rest of the track has elevation changes and off-camber corners so it’s a challenging combination for the engineers as it’s important to have good mechanical grip.”

The race marks the home event for the Indian-owned team. “This is always a massive event for us and comes at the end of a very busy week because we will be spending a few days in Delhi ahead of the race to meet the local media and fans,” said Di Resta.

“We come to India several times during the year and you can see the growing enthusiasm of the fans. It’s great that we get to spend time with them and show them the thrill of Formula One up close.”

Leclerc: No. 16 was third-choice for Formula 1 career

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2018 Formula 1 rookie Charles Leclerc has revealed No. 16 was his third-choice number to use through his grand prix career, with his preferred options having already been taken.

From 2014, drivers were given the chance to pick a number to use through their F1 careers instead of being assigned one depending on their team’s championship position.

Formula 2 champion and Ferrari junior Leclerc was announced in an Alfa Romeo Sauber race seat for 2018 earlier this month, picking No. 16 as his permanent number.

However, the Monegasque racer revealed last week that it was in fact his third choice, with both No. 7 and No. 10 already being taken by Kimi Raikkonen and Pierre Gasly respectively.

“It’s quite simple to be honest: I wanted number 7 first, but Kimi had it,” Leclerc said, as quoted by Crash.net.

“Then I chose 10, but Pierre came to F1 and chose number 10, so then I chose number 16.

“It’s just my date of birth and I could not find anything better. And 1 + 6 = 7, which is my favorite number.”

Leclerc will become the first driver hailing from Monaco to race in F1 since Olivier Beretta, who made nine grand prix starts in 1994 for Larrousse.