The Week in Words (Mar 24-30)
It has been an action-packed week in the F1 world with the Malaysian Grand Prix taking place at the Sepang International Circuit…but who has been saying what over the last seven days?
“There are currently a number of well established, privately funded circuits in the UK, including Wales, that feel that the British motor sport industry would be threatened by the addition of a government funded circuit. It is Silverstone’s view that the Circuit of Wales project is unviable.”
“It’s been good for F1. It has shuffled everything about, which is great. The sport needs that. And it is contemporary. It is all very, very energy efficient, which is a good direction to take. Driving-wise, it is good fun too. It is slower than last year, which I don’t like, but I have got used to it and I don’t notice any more that I am slower. It is all good.”
“It is s**t. I was on the pitwall during the race (in Australia), and it is better than in a bar.”
“People said you couldn’t hear anything – it’s not true. It is a little better than we thought so if we can just get it up a little more than that, then it would be alright. All the promoters are complaining, saying the same thing, so we have to see a little bit what is going to happen. It sounds terrible on TV. The problem is not that, the problem is for the people coming here and the whole atmosphere.”
“It was no surprise to see some modifications to McLaren’s MP4-29, the standout part being their new nose. There has been a lot of talk around this area of the car, with many teams known to be running various solutions in CFD/wind-tunnel models. It is not an absolutely critical component but an optimal design can reduce laptime by a substantial margin.”
“I’m sorry for the team that I messed things up going into the second corner, with the incident with Kimi. I think we could have scored some good points today, so I’m disappointed with and for myself, too.”
“It was looking like we could have a solid points finish today; the race was going pretty well. It’s fun being up there and fighting for the top few spots, but then we had a problem at the last pit stop and then we had a puncture. The race ended pretty quickly for us, it went from looking good to looking pretty bad in a short amount of time. I’m really disappointed.”
“I could hear everything but it was not clear. What I did was correct. I’m trying to the best for the team. I’m sure the result would not (have) changed even if I had let him (Bottas) by. The team respects me 100% and they respect me 100% after the race as well. What happened today was not what I expect but what I did was correct.”
“The race was tougher than it perhaps looked today and the conditions here always make it a great challenge. But I was able to look after the car, the tyres and the fuel and still keep a bit of pace in hand which made my job that little bit easier.”
“The end of the season is going to be more important for us. I can see the potential. It’s a good start but now we really need to focus really hard. We can’t be too happy. We’ve dealt with the problems and now we have to focus on performance. We’re still not fighting for points so that’s now our target.”
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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.