|Date of birth :||10 January 1992|
|Team :||Team Strakka Racing|
|Car No. :||43|
|Car :||Mercedes-AMG GT3|
Christina Nielsen is a Danish female driver who started her race career at the age of 13. In 2016, she won the title in IMSA WeatherTech Championship GTD-class and became the very first female racing driver to win the sportscar championship in North America. She repeated her success in the following year. Nielsen also has the experiences in 24 hours of Le Mans. Suzuka 10 Hours is going to be her first time out on Suzuka track. What kind of challenge it the race going to be for her and, what is she expecting?
Definitely it is going to be a challenging race because I have seen in the past that the heat is quite a big factors for the drivers in Suzuka. It is an endurance race and of course, it is going to be a challenge for us as we are going to have to drive for a longer period of time. Plus, it is a track where there is a big tire drop. The degradation of the tire is quite large, which usually makes the car more difficult to handle throughout the stint.
So I think there is going be a lot of tire management and making sure to be consistent will be much harder with the car balance changing a bit as the tires go down. So I would say the conditions and tire degradations are the two major factors that are going to be the challenge in Suzuka.
But Mercedes AMG GT3 has proven to be a strong car when it comes to tire degradation, so I think it is a great car to race there. Strakka Racing has done the race before and has been successful with Mercedes AMG in the past in a lot of races in Europe and in all around the world. I really look forward to racing with them and having a good shot.
In terms of expectations, it is a 10 hours race, and anything can happen in an endurance racing. I think it is going to be essential to keep in mind that the race is not going to be won on the first lap. So we have to make sure we execute correctly; we need to do all the pit stop right, have the right strategies, and stay consistent in terms of lap times.
I always hope for a good result, but you will never know what is going to happen in the endurance racing, and that is actually the beauty of it. I think it is going to be important to be there in the end. So keeping the car clean, staying out of trouble, and being aware of what I mentioned before will be significant.