Calan Williams is relishing the chance to lead the field from the grid after inheriting pole position for the Barcelona Sprint Race.
Following Felipe Drugovich’s three-place penalty for being judged to have impeded Théo Pourchaire, Williams moves across the grid and into reverse pole position. With such a long run to the first corner from lights out, the Trident driver is already focused on the start, an area he feels very comfortable with in his Trident.
“I'm looking forward to it. I feel confident with my starts so far this year, they've been good. That's obviously really important when you start at the front, even more so here where overtaking is particularly difficult., I've been watching some of the previous races to learn as much as I can but honestly, I'm just looking forward to it.”
With temperatures expected to hover around the 30°C mark for the Sprint Race, conditions are vastly different to the ones that the driver’s experienced during in-season testing last month. Williams says that those who are able to conserve the tyres the best will no doubt profit as the race goes on.
“Barcelona is always really tough on the tyres and with tyre degradation. It was already quite severe at the test and now with the extra heat, it's going to be even more. That's going to be the main factor the race.
“Maybe we’ll see a few people dropping back with tyres and maybe if someone else has conserved them a bit better though, they’ll make a late charge through, but we'll wait and see.”