The Week in Words (Jun 2-8)
It was a busy week for the Formula 1 world, with the sport returning to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for the Canadian Grand Prix. But who has been saying what over the last seven days?
“Seriously, I do not believe that these situations can be reduced to an evaluation of statistics. At Red Bull and Toro Rosso, they have never been afraid of leaving aside drivers they do not believe in anymore, but if they had lost faith in me I think they would have let me go at the end of last year. If they did not, and I’m still here, it is because they believe in me and my abilities.”
“Awh, groundhogs! They’re also known as woodchucks, and inspired the tongue-twisted “how much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?”. Often, these little creatures will be seen scampering around the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, but this came to Anthony Davidson’s cost in 2007. The Super Aguri driver was running in the points, and looked set to score some for the first time ever, only for him to hit a groundhog and have to pit for a new front wing. They are cute though!”
“The plan is absolutely to launch in 2016 and we are fully committed to that. I don’t think there is any doubt about that whatsoever. I think we will be a better team because we will have more time to plan and we will be able to do a lot more engineering in Kannapolis. We have been working on a building there since November of last year as part of the expansion of the NASCAR team. In about a month we will have the NASCAR site open then about a month later we will have the Formula One site operational so we can go in there.”
“We’re here, we’ve spent four good years together already. We’re in our fifth year together and we both want – I think – to work together in the future. But it’s just not the time yet – the right time. We’ve got a lot of other issues to solve yet before we start thinking about the future too much. We’re in a good place and I think my experience does help me a lot. I still feel very young at heart, fitter than ever and I have all of that experience so I’m in a great position. I feel that I have got a lot more to give in the future in Formula 1. I definitely can’t see an end to my career. This is my life and it’s where I want to be.”
“After such an amazing and long time with Ferrari, I am taking time out. I am trying to disconnect from the world of F1. It was an extraordinary experience and I will always support Ferrari – always. And Fernando. I have several very interesting options. But I am in hurry [to make a decision about my future]. I have to think about it and then choose the best option.”
“Immediately there was chatter between drivers and engineers and information bounced back and forth as the drivers felt out the circuit for the first time this season. The drivers were asked to try different settings in different parts of the circuit. The cars returned quickly to the garage for slight adjustments with tyre pressures and various settings.”
“To be honest, the actual performance of the GP cars specifically is very similar to a Formula One car. The biggest adjustment this year is managing all of the controls from the power unit and the active rear brakes system. There is just so much more for a driver to do over a lap.”
“The drivers applauded the deal while Rosberg and Hamilton called the Canadian GP ‘one of the best races in the year,’ and where the fans are ‘fantastic and so enthusiastic’. Vettel indicated that drivers love coming to Montreal where ‘the whole city really parties all weekend long and embraces the Grand Prix.’ Hamilton loves the ‘atmosphere’ saying the city is incredible.”
“Red Bull is pleased to confirm that it has extended its successful relationship with Adrian Newey with a new multi-year agreement. As part of this new agreement, Adrian will work on new Red Bull Technology projects, as well as advising and mentoring Infiniti Red Bull Racing as it develops its Formula One cars over the next few seasons. The details of the new projects will be announced in due course.”
“I’m a grand prix winner. I think it still seems a bit surreal to be honest, just because it all happened so quickly at the end. I was third for a while and then it all happened in a really exciting fashion. Once I got past Perez I knew I just had to drive clean and get in Rosberg’s DRS zone and, from then on, it was just awesome.
“We achieved a great result today with first and third – so let’s enjoy it – but we will still have some work to do also. This will motivate the guys to work even harder and find even more, so I’m sure it will keep coming even better for us at the next few races.”
Jack Leslie is a freelance motorsport journalist. He has been part of the Richland F1 team since the very start and made his debut in the F1 paddock for the website at the 2014 Austrian Grand Prix. Jack also writes for Car Throttle and RumbleStripNews, as well as running a popular blog.