The Week in Words (Feb 10-16)
Another quiet week in the Formula One world… but who has been saying what?
“There’s a few things we needed to tighten up on our side but nothing major and obviously Renault have some issues that they are tidying up as well. But these cars are so complicated that even small problems can cause big failures. We don’t want another test like Jerez but that’s what testing is for – you sort your problems out so as not to have them at the races.”
“Both the chassis and the new Renault power unit ran without any major problems. Pastor settled in very quickly and is already fitting into the team nicely. The car went together well and the design and build quality is another step up on the successful E21 of 2013, we are looking forward to a full testing program in Bahrain next week where we will start to see the potential of the new package.”
“If you go to Wimbledon and you are in a knock-out competition it then gets more crucial and more important the closer you get to the final – and the final is worth a lot more points than the first round. Personally, I don’t see what the story is about. Winning the World Championship is the goal and if it gets more and more intense towards the end, and there is more at stake at the end of the championship, then that should be more exciting.”
“It’s complicated. The team was very good, but the times have changed greatly. Teams are organised differently and you have to accept that times are changing and you need to organise in a different way… and accept that you’re no longer world champions; you’re down. And this is difficult. But now I think they are making changes and will improve.”
“I have found a more mature Kimi, more closely knit to the team. He comes to Maranello almost every week to work with the engineers. He knows his worth and he knows what team he has returned to and what challenges he will face, having a world champion like Alonso alongside him for whom he has respect and he will have to adapt to working with him.”
“The racing track is 91% complete. Everything is according to plan, and there aren’t any problems during Olympic period. We expect to sell 55,000 tickets. We are already collecting pre-orders… The Russian Grand Prix is a mega event and a catalyst for the development of a motorsport community in Russia and Sochi.”
“This is a major step towards me achieving a life-long dream and I’m so happy to have the opportunity to take this step with such a great team. The Sauber F1 Team is a team with a legacy and the only Swiss team in Formula One, which I think makes this even more exciting. I can’t thank Monisha Kaltenborn and Peter Sauber enough for their support and belief in my abilities and for giving me this chance.”
“We’re still behind schedule, but it’s not a question of months. We are at least where we would have sought to be for the first test, so maybe now we are three weeks behind, and now we are on a recovery plan. We’re now going to go into Bahrain with what we would have liked to have finished the first test with. As for our rivals, let’s put it this way, they are probably four days ahead of us as they had a proper test in Jerez, and we didn’t.”
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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".