Sato on the keys to being fast at Long Beach

Takuma Sato

Takuma Sato on why the Long Beach Grand Prix is so popular: "I think it's because it's a gorgeous venue. It has such a great atmosphere with an energetic city and of course it's got the long racing history."

Sato on key factors for success at Long Beach: "You need pretty much everything basically. A fast car, of course, but putting more weight on mechanical grip rather than aero, plus a strong fuel consumption, which was key last year, and a fast driver as always, and the right call on strategy."

Sato on what makes Long Beach's track distinctive: "It has a roundabout at the middle of the track! Also, the surface is quite slippery with relatively low grip and it has the tightest hairpin in the series."

Sato on what he looks for during the Track Walk with his engineers: "A good chatting time. Seriously, we look at the bumps, any changes at the corners so that I can explain to the engineers how the car reacts and feels. That way they can imagine the car movement in addition to what they can see from the data — and that will always help to improve the setups."

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