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Simon Pagenaud, Schmidt-Hamilton Motorsports - Q&A

I know the relationship I have with the team is great. They trust me so well that I'm never in doubt, and that's a big thing for a driver to be in confidence. And I feel like I'm driving well at the moment.

So I'm raising the bar every race and I'm analyzing a lot what's going on and every race, I try to improve a little bit more. So I think, you know, it's fantastic what we are doing for the resources we have.

As I said, we have got great people on board and that relationship with them really helps getting the results. But the results is just the results of the equation. Everybody is just working so well results together.

Q:
You mentioned engineers earlier this year, plural, because Tristan ran really well, qualified Fast Six. What was the feedback of your working with him and how does having the second car here help compared to last year when it was a single‑car deal?

Simon Pagenaud:
This weekend I think was probably our best weekend as a race team with two cars. Alan was very experienced on Tristan's car and Tristan was very fast straightaway here. So we started with same setup. We went different directions. One direction was better. We kept going in that direction and we improved both cars at the same time.

Yesterday in practice, we tried something different that didn't work so we came back to my setup and then this morning, I tried something else that was more toward what he did the day before, and that didn't work. So we have twice as many information.

I think that just helped us to understand how to tackle Houston, for example, and that's definitely - it answers a lot of question when you can have two valuable feedback, and that kind of weekend like we had.

Q:
Thank you so much for your time today. Congratulations on the win.

Transcript courtesy IndyCar. FastScripts by ASAP Sports.



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