It has been a busy week in the world of Formula 1, with the sport returning to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the first European race of the 2014 season. But who has been saying what over the last seven days?
“He has been close to perfection, just brilliant. He has been given the freedom to express himself. When you get a few more wins under your belt, you get even more confidence and that gives you another half a second in your pocket.”
“F1 never stands still, every team knows this and McLaren are no different. Despite their recent lack of pace, all is not lost for the team this season as a lot of their woes are down to factors beyond their control.”
“Baku has been signed. It will start in 2015 and will replace Korea. I don’t want to go back there [Korea]. They did a good job with the track but what they forgot to do was build all the things they wanted to build.”
“Racing next year is the goal. There’s still a long road ahead, but if I do everything correctly and show good pace in the race car I don’t see why not. The sponsors I have on the C31 are sponsors I’ve had since 2008 with the cleaner energy campaign. They’ve always known F1 is my ultimate goal and they’re helping me try to get there.”
“I don’t think it’s dead because first of all, as it’s been said already, there is a unanimous decision and I think it is very much possible to police it. Because it’s something can be policed, it’s figures – because they are pretty clear. It depends on the people that put down the figures if they are right or wrong.
“We do that all with our companies. I think there’s no country where our teams are situated where we don’t have book-keeping so I don’t think it should be an issue. We, at Sauber, definitely could live with a system where you first of all come into with trust, and not the lack of trust, and say if the teams put in the figures and you have a certain actual policing system. It can work, we’ve been saying that for long and I think it is very much doable.”
“Sauber extensively modified their lacklustre C33 with a range of aerodynamic parts including a totally new sidepod layout. Much slimmer in appearance, the inlets also move away from their previously square shape to a more conventional rounded triangle. Improvements to the car’s overall weight have been made to gain as much as 3 tenths of a second in lap time, as they were previously rumoured to be as much as 15-20kg overweight.”
“Mercedes aimed to increase their advantage over the rest of the field this weekend, and all the evidence suggests they have. They finished 1-2 for the fourth time in a row and enjoyed the biggest margin over third place this whole season. Monaco is a whole different beast, but judging by Mercedes’ chokehold on the rest of the field, you would be forgiven for thinking a Silver Arrow will stand atop the podium in the principality.”
“It’s fantastic to get my first win here after eight attempts and it’s really difficult to put that feeling into words right now. Nico drove a fantastic race and I struggled to keep him behind, but I just managed it at the end. I had the same problems with the car this afternoon that I found yesterday in qualifying: I couldn’t attack the corners properly because of snap oversteer and that’s where Nico was catching me.
“I’m just so proud of this team: we are looking very strong and I’m enjoying every moment and every step of the way. There’s still a long way to go this season, though, so we are staying humble, getting our heads down and working hard. I still have a bit more time to find from the car because it’s very, very close with Nico, so I have to keep working on that. But it’s a great feeling to be leading the championship.”
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