The Week in Words (Jan 20-26)
“It feels really good to be back in the DTM and to see so many familiar faces again. The DTM is a fantastic racing series with three strong premium brands, a very competitive field and a very evenly matched bunch of drivers.”
“I consider this an important step in my career. It is my goal to help the team with the development of the new car. But, of course, I am a racing driver, and I want to show the team and everybody else what I am capable of and that I deserve a race seat with the Sauber F1 Team in 2015. After all, my ambition remains unchanged and I am highly motivated to succeed in Formula One, especially in the long term.”
“It’s a great feeling to be back as an F1 race driver and I’m really pleased it’s with Caterham F1 Team. We’ve been talking to Cyril and Tony since last year about driving for the team for 2014 and beyond and throughout all our discussions I’ve been very impressed with where they want to take the team, and how much investment has been made already to help them achieve their goals. I will do my very best to lead the team and work as hard as possible to achieve our targets.”
“How many F1 drivers are this year on the grid with a big sponsorship?”
“The VJM07 looks stunning and the new livery reflects the way Sahara Force India is evolving. I’ve always believed our cars have been the most eye-catching, but adding black as a main colour gives us a fierce new look.”
“I can’t see how anyone likes this, it looks like one of those terrible fantasy liveries we see come around very year. If I hadn’t woken up to this horror sitting in my email inbox courtesy of FI I’d have thought it was fake.”
…but Richland F1‘s Dan Paddock is not a fan…
“In order to continue strengthening its management structure, to further increase Genii’s role in the team and to close the gap between its strategic, commercial and sporting activities, Lotus F1 Team is pleased to announce that its co-Chairman, Gérard Lopez, will combine his position on the board with the role of Team Principal with immediate effect.”
“Obviously, we want to get back to the front. We want to have a better season than we did in 2013, too. But it’s really difficult to accurately predict anything right now – these are such huge changes that they’ll have a massive impact on the competitive order, so we need to wait and just see how things shake out.”
“Are we the strongest team? I hope that we are going to be. I think we both drive very well and we both want to win. The time will tell what will happen and if we can bring the championships back to Ferrari. But I would say that there are a lot of other things, especially with the new rules, that is the results going to be what we want. I think we are both more than capable to be up there and fighting for world championships.”
“Could Monsieur Boullier be heading to Woking? Forget Kimi Raikkonen (another Lotus departee) moving to Ferrari; Boullier joining McLaren could trump that as being the most surprising and perhaps the best signing heading into the 2014 season.”
Image courtesy of McLaren Mercedes.
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 and in Driven Magazine, and he has also appeared on CNBC's TV series "One Second in F1 Racing".