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.”

Paul di Resta redefines “really good”…

“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.”

Giedo van der Garde on his canny move to Sauber.

“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.”

Kamui Kobayashi is back in Formula One for 2014.

“How many F1 drivers are this year on the grid with a big sponsorship?”

Timo Glock asks the question that we’ve all been asking.

“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.”

Vijay Mallya is a fan of Force India’s new livery…

“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.”

Boullier becomes the latest figure to leave Enstone.

“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.”

Jenson Button hopes for better in 2014.

“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.”

Kimi begins to play happy families at Ferrari.

“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.”

Finally, I give my view on Boullier’s availability.

Image courtesy of McLaren Mercedes.

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