The Week in Words (Mar 10-16)
It has been a busy week for the F1 world with the 2014 season kicking off in Australia… but who has been saying what?
“We’re extremely disappointed and quite surprised. We will of course appeal. Through the appeal process we’ll claim that we complied with the technical regulations. We wouldn’t be appealing the decision if we weren’t confident that we had a defendable case. It’s just disappointing that this has happened through no fault of Daniel’s. I don’t believe it’s the fault of the team’s. I believe that we’ve complied with the rules and the investigation and documents relating to the appeal will demonstrate that.”
“It looks like we only had five cylinders firing and, while I wanted to keep going, we had to play safe and save the engine. It’s unfortunate but that’s racing and we will recover from this. We have a great car and engine, and the pace was really strong today as Nico clearly showed.”
“That was an incredible day for us. To start the season with a win is unbelievable and I have to say a big thank you to everybody who was involved in building our car over the winter. I always dreamed of having such a strong Silver Arrow and now it seems we are there. In the race, everything went perfectly for me. My start was great and I was able to push from there until the end, with our fuel consumption well under control.”
“It’s just fantastic to be on the podium. What happened today just feels surreal. Being on the podium in the first race of my Formula 1 career – it’s amazing.”
“In a way, it was a pretty positive day,” he said. “I expected to do around 15 to 20 laps in the race after all the issues we’ve had this weekend, and we managed 45. We’ve learnt a lot today and all the changes made to the car have been positive. We still have a long way to go, but at least I know more about tyre usage, all my engineers know where we need to improve with the chassis, and we’ve learnt a lot about aero balance and fuel consumption.”
“It was a very intense afternoon and finishing my first race with a point is a great feeling. It was a fantastic first Grand Prix weekend with the team, everyone worked really hard and scoring points was a great way to end it. So well done to everyone. I never expected to score a point in my first race, so it feels amazing. It’s a real boost for us and now we have to keep on working hard and if we keep on the way we are going, then we can look forward to a really positive season.”
“I’m a little disappointed with myself because I was pushing a bit too hard and hit the wall which caused a puncture and put me back a long way. I spent the rest of the race trying to make up for that mistake and managed to make some good overtakes, but I need to learn from this and make sure it doesn’t happen again. We should have finished higher today than we did with the pace we had and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do in Malaysia.”
“Well for us it is really, really boring because we don’t switch on the tyres becaue they are too conservative. We don’t want to see them bursting on the straight, but we want to see more of a big drop.”
“A lot of teams have come up with a solution which is not quite what we intended. The [nose tip] bits are less structural than we would have liked, but the fully structural part of the noses is significantly lower than it was last year. OK it has not worked exactly as we had hoped it might, but it will be a significant improvement over last year and it will be addressed for next year.”
“We are pleased to announce our new Deputy Team Principal. Federico Gastaldi has been a valued friend of the Genii and Enstone families for quite some time. His Enstone history dates back to the Benetton days. For Lotus F1 Team, Federico was instrumental in nurturing our relationship with PDVSA and he continues to be a vital link for us with Venezuela.”
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Jack Leslie is a freelance motorsport and Formula 1 journalist. He has been part of the Richland F1 team since the very start and made his F1 paddock debut for the website at the 2014 Austrian Grand Prix. Jack also writes for Car Throttle, RumbleStripNews, Formula1Blog, PureF1 and F1 Plus, as well as running a popular blog.