All of us at M-Sport Bentley can’t wait to get started this weekend at Monza. We are ready to challenge and aim to go one better than in 2014 when we were runners-up. We want to fight for the title like we did last year but this time emerge victorious. We will give it absolutely everything.
We have great continuity in the M-Sport Bentley team which is very important of course. When you race in a team with two other colleagues you have to know them very well, both in and out of the cockpit. It is vital for smooth driver changes, data gathering/analysis and also just generally forming a common bond to go out there and do the business on the track.
Guy (Smith) and Andy (Meyrick) are perfect team mates in many ways and they share the same drive and ambition that we all have in the team. We get along very well and do a lot of training and socialising together. It is vital to have this relationship and it pays huge dividends throughout a long, hard season.
Monza is always tough as we found last year. With the GT3 regs being set and the car homologated there are not many huge technical steps we can take in terms of development. So we have looked at maximising lots of incremental steps in the set-up, tyres, driver changes, pit procedures, etc.
We are in good shape but we know it will be tough. The Blancpain is after all the biggest and best GT3 series in the world.
You can watch Steven in action this Sunday (12th April) on Motors TV at 18.30bst