The Week in Words (Dec 30-Jan 5)
Happy New Year – but will it be a prosperous one?
“The incredible sympathies shown today by the Ferrari Fans outside the hospital has utterly overwhelmed us and moved us all to tears. We are deeply grateful for it and also for all the heartwarming and heartfelt wishes for Michael to get well soon, which have reached us from all over the world.”
“Because the regulations are going to be pretty immature, like we saw in 2009 ideas will flow pretty quickly, so you will probably see quite a rapid range of development early on in the year as people are finding their feet. We have demonstrated over the last few years that we can develop the car effectively. Hopefully that will apply to next year as well.”
“We’re going back to the essence of the competition, which we had lost a little bit. Over the past years it was very difficult to know who had the best engine. In 2014, the best combination of chassis and engine will be the one who gets the best results. Over the past few seasons, I’ve never said: “It would be nice to drive now”, but for 2014, I would absolutely like to be.”
“Le Mans never really ticked the boxes for me. You are racing with cars that are so much slower, in different categories, and dodging cars throughout the whole race is not something that I have ever got that excited about. Maybe I will when I drive one of them and drive at Le Mans, because I’d love to drive around the Le Mans circuit in a sportscar, but it’s just having different categories racing together that I am not keen on. But each to their own as obviously a lot of people do love it.”
“It has to be higher next year. If we have made the right decision on the powertrain, and we won’t know that until we start running, we have got to be looking at podiums and at least fifth place next year. That will be the target. Obviously, we were the first team to sign our engine deal, which has been in place in March and we were probably one of the first teams to switch over to the 2014 design, so we are very optimistic.”
“Consistently beating his new team-mate will be crucial in helping secure Vergne’s long-term future in F1 because, so far, he has failed to show the spark that his rivals have given us glimpses of. With da Costa waiting in the wings as Red Bull Racing’s reserve driver for 2014, his time is running out to really prove that he has the potential to race at the front.”
“There is something to be said about a driver who constantly faces a barrage of criticism from the sports fans that grow weary of his domination, but refuses to change his ways. This is why Sebastian’s presence does not need to extend to social media. He’s plenty powerful where he is, on the track.”
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Luke Smith is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Richland F1. Having started the website in March 2012, he has gone on to become one of the youngest members of the Formula 1 paddock after joining American broadcaster NBC Sports at the beginning of the 2013 season. Luke now works as the network's lead F1 writer, supporting the TV coverage on nbcsports.com. Luke's work has also been featured on NBC News, Yahoo! Sports, Driven Magazine and the Bahrain Mirror, and he has also appeared on CNBC's TV series "One Second in F1 Racing".