The Week in Words (Apr 21-27)

The Week in Words (Apr 21-27)


Following the fourth round of the 2014 season in China, it has been a rather quiet week in the world of Formula 1. But who has been saying what over the last seven days?

“They say letting a bull loose in a china shop is a recipe for disaster, so what happens when you double the number? What the Chinese Grand Prix proved, besides the fact that the Mercedes duo are still way out of anyone’s reach, is that a second and equally intense rivalry is brewing in the Red Bull garages.”

Chris Cassingham analysed the Chinese Grand Prix

“Following a disastrous Bahrain Grand Prix, the 2014 season didn’t get much better for Maldonado. He spun in first practice after getting distracted by his steering wheel and then crashed at the pit entry in FP2. Failing to qualify wasn’t his fault (it was a power-unit problem) and he got to the chequered flag, but it was another poor weekend for the Venezuelan.”

Jack Leslie rated how each driver performed over the Chinese Grand Prix weekend

“It’s for Christian to reach out. We’ve done everything to ascertain that they knew there was a contract. We sent the messages out and they were ignored. If you send an email into a company and you don’t get a response, then clearly I think the onus is on Christian stepping up to the plate and sitting down and talking.

“We’re obviously not happy to be contracting people in a correct and professional way, only to find that those contracts are disregarded. What I’m particularly uncomfortable with is that people just don’t change their minds, they’re induced to change their minds. People being induced to break contracts, it’s just wrong.”

Ron Dennis is hoping McLaren’s dispute with Red Bull over Dan Fallows can be settled outside of the courtroom

“I don’t know why you always come up with motivation. If I didn’t have motivation I wouldn’t be here answering these kinds of questions. It’s f**k all to do with that. We have bad races and it’s an unfortunate thing, but the aim is to improve and get where we want to be.”

Kimi Raikkonen denied a lack of motivation is behind his current poor form

“Obviously we have to believe we’ll win a race. If you look at the details, it looks like we’re stepping back since the beginning of the season. It’s true that Australia was a bit optimistic but we also prepared ourselves to pick up points and even podiums from the others. I think what’s going on here in Woking is very positive and I think we’ll be able to keep pushing and bring, let’s say, a very aggressive and strong development for the season. I think we’ll put ourselves in a position, maybe not in the first part of the season, but maybe later to fight for a win. I hope so.”

Eric Boullier said McLaren is planning to aggressively develop its MP4-29

“There might be situations where you can’t lose lots of time in battle if you have your enemy right up your back. Bahrain was a very particular situation because our package worked very well there and we had quite a competitive advantage, so it’s easier to take a decision for the sake of racing because you know you have quite a margin to the guy in third place. The narrower that margin gets, the more you have to look out.”

Toto Wolff admitted Mercedes may be forced to resort to team orders if rival teams close the gap

“Each time I step into F1 machinery there is an important job to do. Montreal and Austin are important races for me and I want to thank Caterham for the opportunity to continue my development to a full time race seat in F1.

“My GP2 program combined with my F1 team Reserve Driver duties give me invaluable insight and experience for my future. I’ve built up a lot of hours in the F1 simulator already this year, but Montreal will be my first visit behind the wheel of the CT05 on track. I look forward to a positive runplan for both the Canadian and USA sessions.”

Alexander Rossi will take part in two first practice sessions for Caterham this year

“Although it’s something very special to drive a Formula One car, I was not too nervous in the morning,” explained de Silvestro. I was more focused on what my job would be. But, after completing the installation lap, I realised that this was my first lap in a Formula One car, and that this was something really special.

“What impressed me most was the downforce of the car and the braking. When I did my first lap the brakes were cold, but even then the decelaration was beyond what I had experienced before. Overall, I’m happy with my first day in a Formula One car. I concentrated mainly on understanding the tyres and finding out how to get the best out of them. And with every outing I learned more about the behaviour of the car. I can feel now where there is more potential and how I can use it.”

Simona de Silvestro shared her thoughts after testing an F1 car for the first time

“Ultimately, these proposed changes to create ‘visually spectacular’ grand prix cars comes from a desire to pump back some of the excitement that has been lost from the sport in the last decade or so, as a result of technical innovations and rule changes. Active suspension, cars sparking and glowing brake disks all conjure up the romantic images of Formula One’s past.

“Yet, with F1 now entering a new era, does it pay for the sport to look backwards in a hunt for artificial nostalgia, or should the focus of the sport now be turned to building on this new era, which has started so brightly, with some great racing?”

Dan Paddock and Will Tyson took a look at some of the proposed changes that are reportedly tabled for discussion at the next F1 Strategy Group meeting

Image courtesy of Caterham F1 Team


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