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The heat is all in the mind, says WTCC stalwart Coronel

The heat is all in the mind, says WTCC stalwart Coronel

01/11/2015 10:11

Tom Coronel isn’t about to let the searing Thailand heat get the better of him when he contests rounds 21 and 22 of the FIA World Touring Car Championship in his DHL-backed Chevrolet shortly.

Coronel, who will start P14 for the inaugural WTCC Race of Thailand following a minor component failure in qualifying, says he knows how to handle high ambient temperatures, which will hover around the 30-degree centigrade mark this afternoon.

“The harder you make it for the drivers the better the stronger ones are,” said the ROAL Motorsport-run Dutchman. “I am not afraid of the heat because I have been racing in Japan in GT cars and there I’ve seen differences. You will see differences at the end of the race. You will see people that start to get tired in the mind because of the heat and that’s where I think I am stronger.

“I have shown before it’s all in the mind. You have to drink a lot of water and be clever, save some energy to the end and then you can win some places. We don’t open the windows or have air conditioning, everything I closed for the aerodynamics. If you complain to the engineer he says it’s ‘your problem’.”

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