Jessica Hawkins talks about Zandvoort, Monza and the track


Aston Martin F1 Driver Ambassador Jessica Hawkins reveals which circuit the AMR22 could perform best on, where fans can meet her and what her favorite type of bread is – spoiler alert: it’s not sourdough .

From the relentless twists and turns of Circuit Zandvoort to the ferociously fast straights of Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Dutch and Italian Grands Prix present very different challenges.

But, despite the differences between the circuits, on countless occasions they have both given us the kind of racing that keeps you on the edge of your seat – adrenaline junkie from the very first lap to the very last.

After finishing a track ride on the 4.2km rollercoaster that is Circuit Zandvoort, we caught up with Aston Martin F1 Driver Ambassador Jessica Hawkins to find out what she’s looking forward to most from the Dutch Grands Prix. and Italians.

A helping hand and another pair of eyes

“I love being with the team at Grands Prix; I use it as an opportunity to help wherever I can – offering another perspective based on things I might have seen on the track or learned before. There are only two drivers, so the more eyes on the circuit and the more experience on the track, the better.

“From year to year, a circuit never really changes too much, but the cars, especially this year with the new technical regulations, change a lot and that can bring new challenges.

“You may have to drive the circuit differently or approach the race in a different way, so all the information is good.

“I think Monza might be a better fit for the AMR22 than Zandvoort, but the car is constantly evolving – we are always making improvements. It will be interesting to see how we fare in these two Grands Prix.”

“I will listen carefully to all feedback from each session throughout the debriefings.”


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Passionate fans and electric atmospheres

“I raced at Zandvoort last year in the W Series – finishing in the top five – and, of all the circuits we have raced at, it has to be one of my favourites. The banked corners, the sections fast, the quick changes of direction… and then there’s the unparalleled atmosphere… Dutch fans never get tired of Formula 1, they love it.

“The circuit is in a beautiful part of the Netherlands and there are some nice roads nearby. Being close to the beach is a bonus for the fans but unfortunately we don’t have time to feel the sand between our toes because we are so focused on what we have to do on the track.

“As for Monza, the first thing I think of is bread. Don’t ask me why, but I love Italian bread, it’s my favorite. Focaccia, ciabatta, pizza, the list goes on.

“Monza is such a special place. As one of the most historic and atmospheric circuits on the calendar, it is at the heart of Formula 1. The passion of the fans in Italy is on another level.

“It’s obviously a very partisan crowd – it’s Ferrari territory, after all – but there’s a huge appreciation for the sport in general and I’m sure we’ll see splashes of Aston Martin green in the stands. “

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“If they can’t make it to a race, they can still soak up the atmosphere and feel like part of the team, with things like the AMF1 show car on display and challenges pit stop. The fans love it and I’ll be in Milan to meet them. I can’t wait!”

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