I start every race to win and Daytona will be no different despite my lack of [Daytona] track experience and taking into account the incredibly high quality of drivers and teams combined with the size of the entry.
That said, a podium result will be very tough to achieve. We struggled a little in terms of outright pace at the Roar test earlier this month because brand new aero was fitted to the Ligier for the first time and we were running on tyres we don’t use in Europe. But the engineers have been analysing the data that was accumulated and I’m certain that we’ll have found some time compared to our rivals when we go back out on track this week.
It’s my first race with United Autosports and I’m sharing the Ligier with two incredibly fast guys. Fernando needs no introduction while Lando has been on a rigorous programme and has a great future in single-seaters and we all immediately gelled together at the Roar.
From the moment last year that I knew there was a chance of racing at Daytona, I began to prepare my fitness in the gym. That aspect was one of my strengths at Le Mans and I hope to repeat that kind of performance. Although it'll be my first race since last August, the thorough test program I’ve been taking part in with Onroak and United has prepared me well.
Le Mans is the pinnacle of sportscar racing but Daytona is also world renowned and has its own unique atmosphere which I’m looking forward to experiencing.