DRIVERS Ė Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes), George
RUSSELL (Williams), Lando NORRIS (McLaren), Daniel RICCIARDO (Renault),
Antonio GIOVINAZZI (Alfa Romeo)
Welcome gentlemen. It was announced yesterday that Silverstone has a new
long-term deal to remain on the Formula 1 calendar. Iíd like to get each of
your thoughts on that, starting with Lewis please?
Lewis HAMILTON: Well, good afternoon everyone. It was a good surprise to
hear that they had re-signed. It wasnít necessarily a surprise. As I spoke
to you guys before I knew that it was going to happen. Itís clear the
Formula 1 canít exist without the home of motorsport, which is the British
Grand Prix. Yeah, really, really happy. Itís great for the fan base and for
that to continuously grow over the next years to come.
Q: Thank you Lewis. Lando?
Lando NORRIS: Itís going to be my first race this weekend. Iíve race here in
the past. I love driving Silverstone. It would have been a shame to ever see
it go, especially if I only would have done this race, this year and not
done it again. Glad to see it still here and I look forward to coming back
Q: Thanks. George?
George RUSSELL: Yeah, obviously very pleased for it to be on the calendar
again. I think F1 couldnít live without Silverstone. Itís the home of the
British Grand Prix. Formula 1 is a very British sport and overall itís just
an amazing circuit to drive and thereís something special about Silverstone
when you come here. Like you said, Iím not surprised itís continued.
Daniel RICCIARDO: Very happy. Itís a cool track, cool atmosphere. It was
eight years ago this weekend, it was my F1 debut here, so itís always been
pretty personal to me. But Iíve enjoyed it. I donít know how it would feel
being somewhere else. It feels normal and right it have it here. It feels
like the home of British motorsport. I like that. Thereís that real camping
atmosphere, that festival vibe. Yeah, the Brits love and we do too.
Q: And Antonio?
Antonio GIOVINAZZI: Yes, itís a track with a lot of history, so it was
really nice to see that this circuit will be here for another five years.
With an F1 car I think itís amazing to drive here, so I canít wait to start
tomorrow and do my first grand prix at Silverstone.
Q: Antonio, if we can stay with you, you got your first world championship
point in Austria a couple of weeks ago. How did that feel and how confident
are you of maintaining that run of form here?
AG: Yeah, cost me a little bit of my hair! It was for a good reason I would
say. It was actually a different bet with Fred, because it all started at
Paul Ricard and he said: Ďif you score your first point I will cut your
hairí. And then it didnít happen and then in Austria we said Ďso, if I donít
score points you will my hairí, but I scored points, so itís a bit of a
mess. Yeah, Iím really happy with this. It was a great weekend so far for me
and the team. We went to Q3 with both cars and also top 10 for me and Kimi.
So we just need to keep working like that. We had a really good car since
Paul Ricard and now here we have another upgrade so I hope again that we are
on a good direction and I hope we can stay there and keep fighting and take
a little bit of the gap from McLaren as they are still a little bit in front
of us, so we just need to keep working.
Q: Youíve not raced here before in Formula 1 yet, so just can you tell us a
little bit about your preparations. What have you ascertained from the
simulator, what are your engineers telling you?
AG: Luckily, I did one FP1, back in 2017 in F1. Of course it will be a
completely different story now. Of course I did some simulator, like every
driver, I watched some onboard from last year, working with the team. But
you know, when you are in the car it will be completely different things but
we have FP1, FP2 tomorrow, so we have a lot of time. Itís track Iíve already
raced in F3, Formula 2 so yeah, just looking forward to racing it in F1.
Q: Ok, good luck this weekend. Daniel, tricky race for you and the team in
Austria. What conclusions have you drawn since then?
DR: It was. It wasnít a fun one for us really. We obviously got pretty deep
into it after and tried to figure out why we were off the pace all weekend.
Definitely feel we learned some things with set-up and I think we kind of
just started in a direction which we kept pursuing from Friday, thinking it
was the right way to go, but I think in hindsight it wasnít. Itís probably
more just a set-up misdirection we went for as opposed to anything crazy we
found on the car. I was hoping to find a cracked chassis or something like
that! I think the car does have a little bit of a sweet spot and I think we
had worked towards that the last few weekends, getting those Q3s and
building that confidence within myself and that momentum, but we kind of
shifted a little bit away from that in Austria, for reasons that seemed to
make sense at the time from a set-up point of view and all that. I think we
kind of moved away from something weíd got to know but weíll try to bring it
back this weekend for Silverstone and go back to what we know.
Q: You say the car has a sweet spot. Why is it so difficult to keep it in
DR: I wish I knew. I wish I knew. Sometimes Iím glad Iím not an
aerodynamicist or an engineer because it would rattle my brain. For,
personally, driving the car, I know where Iím comfortable with it and I know
where I like it and when we start going down a certain direction thatís
where we run into problems, under braking or whatever. Thereís an area where
I certainly feel more comfortable and I believe the car is better in that
phase. I donít know, itís just race cars, mate! As I said, eight years Iíve
now been here and you still scratch your head. But I think thatís part of
the attraction as well, because when you do get it right and it all kind of
works in harmony itís an amazing feeling.
Q: As you said, you made your F1 debut at Silverstone in 2011. How do you
sum up the last eight years of your life?
DR: Itís been fun. I remember vividly the press conference here eight years
ago. I actually get embarrassed looking back at photos, I looked like an
idiot Ė an idiot that needed a haircut. Same boat as Antonio! I donít know,
itís kind of a whirlwind, but itís amazing how go through it and feelÖ
Obviously I feel much more comfortable here now than I did eight years ago.
I guess just that kind of sense of belonging. Eight years ago I was here
just like a deer in the headlights, is that the expression? Youíre kind of
just overwhelmed by everything and itís like Ďwow, Iím really here now in
F1í. You obviously have a lot of belief in yourself but until you really get
the results that you believe you can get, thereís always maybe that little
bit of doubt. Obviously that has built up well over the years. I donít feel
like one of the older guys yet, Iím kind of getting there, but I still feel
young and sharp and good looking.
Q: Thanks Daniel. Lando, many congratulations on your new McLaren deal for
2020. How exciting is that news and what do you feel you and the team can
achieve over the next 18 months?
LN: Thank you very much. Iím very excited I guess. Itís just good news.
Things have been going reasonably well lately, so to have that news is just
a bonus. And of course knowing Iím going to be here next year makes it a bit
more comforting overall, but it doesnít change too much in hindsight.
Looking ahead to the next two years letís say, thereís a lot of progress
weíve got to make. I want to be racing this guy on my right a bit more over
the next couple of years, not just myself but as a team thatís our goal.
Thatís what we are trying to work towards, thatís what we are slowly
chipping away at but itís going to take two years, itís going to take even
more than probably. Weíll take it step by step and see how we go.
Q: As you say, youíre hoping to race Lewis over the next two years, but you
actually raced him at the start last time out in Austria, how was that?
LN: It was cool. I got past him in Turn 1, which was very nice of him. He
didnít force me off or anything, it was a nice little bit we did in Turn 1.
And then he just had a better position down the straight, behind Valtteri,
in the slipstream. It wasnít a proper fight I donít think. It would have
been nice to hang on a little bit longer than I did, but that position is
the aim for us, we want to be in P3, we want to be fighting for the podium.
It was nice to be there, very momentarily, but it wasnít to be. But it is
something I would love to look forward to.
Q: As with Antonio, I just wanted to ask you about your preparation for this
weekend, but looking slightly longer term, youíve raced at Silverstone in
the FIAís junior ranks Ė Formula 4, F3, F2. I just wanted to ask you how
different each of those categories is and how they helped prepare you for
LN: Well, I actually started in 2014 racing Ginettas but that was on the
national circuit, so it has stepped up quite a bit since then. But theyíve
prepared me more and more I guess. Every lap you do you learn something very
small even, but you learn something and that always helps. But I guess the
biggest progression is Formula 3 Ė reasonably high downforce given the size
and weight of the car. So you have a very good feeling through Maggots,
Becketts, you get to really push the limits and see what itís like. And itís
kind of a similar feeling when you go to F1 Ė I think, Iíve not driven it
yet Ė feeling the G-Force, feeling the downforce, thatís something you
already start to get a bit of a feel of in Formula 3 and a little but in
Formula 2. Nothing in particular, but every step you take is a step forward
and it definitely helps.
Q: George, you finished ahead of Kevin Magnussen in Austria last time out,
so it seems the car is really starting to make progress now. How confident
are you of another strong showing this weekend ?
GR: Yeah, I think itís a step-by-step process for us at the moment. The team
has two very difficult yearsÖ or a very difficult year last year, sorry.
They wanted to change a lot of the structure and it was almost that we had
to make two steps back before we made three steps forward. The groundworks
are kind of really in place at the moment to try to bring more performance
to the car as the season progresses and Iíve got confident we can do that.
But the fact is itís going to be another difficult weekend for us and weíve
just got to do our maximum week in, week out, but yes, it was nice to be
racing someone other than just Robert in Austria.
Q: Itís 40 years since Williams won its first ever race, here at
Silverstone, with Clay Regazzoni in 1979. Just how aware are you of your
teamís history and how does it make you feel to be lining up with Williams
on the grid this weekend?
GR: Iím very aware of the history. Iíve been around the museum a number of
times and it still amazes me every time I go there and even last week I was
showing my trainer around for the first time and we decided to jump in some
of the cars and it was just bonkers to think what these guys were doing back
then. I could barely get my feet in this thing and youíve only got
fiberglass protecting you. But like I say, Iím very, very aware of what the
team is achieved, it is an honour to race for Williams and like I said, we
are almost getting the mickey taken out of us with our performance, but itís
a longer-term project for the team and you could have done a number of
short-term things to be good in the moment but the team have bigger and
greater things in mind.
Q: Lewis, can you just describe how it feels to be Lewis Hamilton, coming
into the British Grand Prix?
Lewis HAMILTON: It feels pretty normal, I would say! It probably feels the
same as it is, I would say, for all the drivers here. Itís such a privilege
to be here up against the very few that can be a Formula One driver at the
pinnacle of the sport. The British Grand Prix is the most special grand prix
of the year, being that itísÖ just the sheer magnitude of it and just how
many people come for the weekend and how many British flags you see around
here. It really is a spectacular weekend. I would say it probably just
feelsÖ I don't know. Thereís excitement, thereís the adrenaline going,
thereís pressures. My whole familyís coming this weekend. It is that one
weekend whereÖ itís probably the most special in a sense because youíve got
your family, the closest support, surrounding you. Iíve been very privileged
over the years to obviously come here and have some spectacular races. I
donít know what Iíve won here but obviously here to try to improve this
weekend. We are here to improve this weekend as a team. The last one was a
little bit difficult for us but hopefully this weekend. I think itíll be
close but hopefully weíll have a better shot.
Q: As you say, Austria was, in effect, the first time you guys tripped up
this year, with Valtteri finishing third, yourself fifth. Are you confident
that was a one off, or have you got concerns coming into this weekend?
LH: I wouldnít say that I necessarily have concerns. I donít weekends
necessarily with a negative connotation to start with but, no I think weíre
fully aware that the Ferraris and the Red Bulls have taken a step forward
and the pace that they had in the last race was great. I think it looked a
lot better thanÖ I think it we didnít have the issues that we had, I think
we would have been a lot closer, would have been more in the fight. I expect
this weekend it will be closer between us all. Last year Ferrari were
super-fast here as well Ė as were the Red Bulls. I think the Red Bulls were
a little bit down but now theyíve got the new engine I think theyíll be even
quicker. So, itís definitely not going to be an easy weekend.
Q: And Lewis, youíve got 79 wins to your name, five of which have come here
at Silverstone. On Sunday, you can be the first man ever to win six races at
this race track. How enticing is that record and what would it mean?
LH: Well, you know me. Iím not really one for records, so if it happens this
weekend it does; if it doesnít, itís no biggie for me as Iíll try to be here
for a little bit longer. Just the fact that thatís even a possibility is
quite unreal for me. Ultimately itís just really important to put that stuff
out of your head, out of your mind and just focus on the job at hand. As I
said, itís not going to be an easy weekend for us. Itís really just about
being diligent, making sure we leave no stone unturned. As Daniel mentioned,
these cars all have sweet spots and itís trying toÖ all those sweet spots
donít always work at each track Ė but this has been a strong track for us in
the past. Hopefully this weekend, itíll be a sweet spot for us.
QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR
Q: (Scott Mitchell Ė Autosport) Lewis and Daniel, last year Silverstone was
resurfaced. It was slightly controversial, not all of the drivers were happy
with it. Itís been resurfaced again for this year, and thereís also a little
bit more gravel around the place in a couple of areas. Itís always been
described as a driversí track. How interested are you to go out and see what
change the changes have made.
DR: Yeah, I was trying to get out there today, I will at some point,
probably just on a bike, bit quicker. Yeah, it was pretty bumpy last year
but at Red Bull we had one of the smoother-riding cars. A lot of others did
say it was pretty bad. So, yeah, Iíll definitely have a look. I donít
normally do track walks or anything but if there is a change, itís worth
seeing, have a browse.
LH: Same same but different.
DR: Different but the same.
Q: (Livio Oricchio Ė LivioOricchiof1.com) Daniel, when you see what Max did
in Spielberg and you see the performance of your team, do you have any
regrets of changing team. And also, concerning the asphalt, do you expect
any big impact in the performance of the car. I mean, any big changes in
comparison to what has been seen at the last few races?
DR: To answer the first part: no. Honestly no regrets. It was actuallyÖ part
of me was pretty happy for them, and for F1 to just have a good race. It
went through suchÖ yeahÖ quite a lot ofÖ Iím trying think of a better word.
You know the word Iím thinking of, itís a word I canít really say! It went
through a lot of scrutiny after France, so just for the sport to have a good
race was awesome. But no, honestly, if I look back, by that time last year,
Red Bull had three wins; that was the first. Obviously Iím further back at
the moment, absolutely, youíre right but I expected this and really, if I
stayed at Red Bull it was to win a title and sure, they got the win last
weekend but theyíre still a fair way from the title. And thatís not having a
dig, thatís just the reality. So I donít think I would necessarily have
achieved anything else than I was already achieving there, so for that,
yeah, no regrets. Obviously trying to build something here with Renault and
absolutely thereís still a lot of work to do Ė but equally itís pretty
fulfilling when you do get a little bit of a result and Montreal was one of
those moments where, it kind ofÖ even that result alone made the first seven
or so races worth it. The little bit of struggle and ups and downs. So yeah,
but for the sport, honestly, Iím very happy that the last race went the way
it did and hopefully thereís more like that. Hopefully Iím not running in
12th, or wherever I was, because thatís also not fun Ė but hopefully the
battle at the front gets close and says close.
And the asphalt?
DR: Iíll let the others answer. Itís dark, yeah, the asphalt. Conductor of
I think we want to hear from the other drivers. George?
GR: I wonít know until Iíve driving on it. Obviously raced F2 last year,
didnít feel a huge issue. It adds a bit of character, I think, even when
itís bumpy. It is how it is. Itís the same for everyone. Youíve got to adapt
to the situation. Sometimes, if itís too perfect, then itís almost easier to
drive Ė but obviously they had to do it more for the bikes than for us.
Lando, have you been out to look at the asphalt?
LN: Yeah, I scootered around earlier. Just looks darker than normal, I
guess. It depends. I donít know what kind of tarmac is it. Obviously in Paul
Ricard we had the newer patches of tarmac and it was much slippier, or not
as grippy as the older bits. So, it depends. Weíll find out tomorrow.
AG: Yeah, I agree with George and Lando. Itís nothing. You need to adapt a
Q: (Julien Billiotte Ė AutoHebdo) Question to George. George, timing is
everything in Formula One. When you see someone like Lando, who youíve
beaten in Formula Two last year, getting strong results, enjoying strong
momentum at McLaren, are you not afraid you might miss out on bigger
opportunities? Because you could be driving the best race of your life at
the moment and no-one Ė or not a lot of people Ė would take notice.
GR: Yeah, thanks for that! No, not at all. At the end of the day, I know
there are only a small number of people that are going to make a difference
in my career and thatís Claire and the top people at Williams and Toto and
the top people at Mercedes. At the end of the day, those guys are fully
aware of the situation. They know exactly if Iíve had a good weekend or not.
And even in myself, Iíve come away from some races which I know Iíve
performed well, and Iíve come away satisfied, and other races Iíve come away
knowing I could have done a better job, even though I ended up in the exact
same position. So, but like I said, Iím also happy for Lando and Alex: the
younger generation sticking it to the experienced guys and showing that we
can do it. I think, yíknow, Iím happy for them and if theyíre doing a good
job, it also looks good for me.
Q: (Giles Richards Ė The Guardian) Lewis, youíve achieved remarkable things
in the sport, in what has been a very long career Ė but I was wondering if
you could try to think back to when you started in Formula One and remember
what your greatest hopes and aspirations were back then Ė what you thought
you might achieve when you began?
LH: I donít really remember much back then. I think naturally you just want
to excel and succeed in everything you do, and justÖ every driver here has a
huge amount of belief in their own ability and we all have some sort of
platform and opportunity in front of us and it was just really about
maximising the opportunity that we do have, regardless of what team weíre
in, what position youíre in. And just like George was saying, thatís really
key. You know whether youíre doing the job and the lessons that you go
through are huge at the early stages. And these guys are all going a great
job, particularly in the early days. Me and Daniel were just saying, weíre
having to represent for the 30-crew. It was extremely special but it was a
huge learning process for me, as it is for all of us in the early stages.
Thereís no substitute for experience. That just comes over time. Of course I
wanted to win world titles, I think in my first year I wanted to win the
world title, that was straight away. Super-ambitious Ė particularly up
against a two-time World Champion but there wasnít a moment that I doubted
myself, that I could do it. I think thatís ultimately what we all have Ė
that confidence in ourselves.
Q: (Oliver Brown Ė The Telegraph) Lewis, Christian Horner raised a few
eyebrows earlier this week by suggesting that, if you and Max were in the
same machinery, at the moment he would back Max to prevail. Given youíve won
six of nine races already this year, that seemed a fairly bold claim on his
part. I just wondered your response to that and, more broadly, on how you
and Max measure up as racers.
LH: Well, firstly I donít compare myself to anybody. Donít need to. I donít
really have a response to his claims. Ultimately every now and again someone
needs certain attention andÖ yeahÖ I think Max has been doing a great job
and really, really exciting to watch. I think the last race was really
fantastic and itíll be really interesting to see how they go moving
Q: (Rob Harris Ė Associated Press) Lewis, the new Silverstone deal is
through to 2024; do you think you will still be driving then or what do you
think youíll be doing in F1? And we could have England in a World Cup final
on Sunday, just as youíre racing. Do you think youíre going to have to
produce something special to grab the national attention? Not to jinx
anything for them todayÖ
LH: What I donít understand is why the organisers put the race on the same
day as all these other big events Ė Wimbledon Ė I really donít understand
it. But I hope in future that they put this on aÖ this is such a special
weekend, it needs all the focus of the whole country and just not a small
amount. I think people will be switching between channels on Sunday, not
sure what to watch. But naturally I come hereÖ thereís quite a few of us
Brits but we come here to raise the flag and do the country proud so Iím
just going to try and play my part.
2024? Jesus, it feels like a long way away. Who knows whether I will still
be here by then but if Iím not, if Iíve stopped racing, I wonít be here in
any other capacity.
Q: (Graham Harris Ė Motorsport Monday, Motorsport week.com) Lando, now that
you and Carlos have been confirmed next year at McLaren, what is that going
to do for you and possibly, speaking on behalf of your teammate, to know
that everything is settled, you donít have to go through these endless
questions from us asking what youíre going to do next year? Does this give
you an advantage? How do you feel about it and do you think youíve made the
LN: Yeah, I think Iíve made the right decision. It wasnít something I was
worried about or asking about so for me, I was pretty confident in the job I
had been doing so far this season and because I wasnít necessarily worried
or asking about it in any way, for them to come forward to me with it and
the confirmation, then yeah, it made me a bit happier. With me not being
worried about it, it wasnít something I donít thinkÖ or itís not going to be
something which changes how I think about it, itís not going to make me
necessarily more confident or anything. I had all my confidence in the team.
I would like to say that they had all theirs in me as well. From all of
that, we will keep working hard, keep trying to progress and Iím sure Carlos
and myself are going to have a lot more battles and some times together.
Q: (Ben Hunt Ė The Sun) Lewis, í92, talk about Mansell mania and the crowds
coming in to see him. Weíve got a similar situation, Silverstoneís going to
be absolutely sold out on Sunday, partly to come and see you with all the
success youíre having. Now thereís no question about the support you have
with F1 fans, they all adore you and think youíre great for what youíre
doing, the titles youíre winning. Youíve also struggled sometimes to win
over some of the other British public, non-F1 fans. Can you put your finger
on that at all, any reason why you donít have the same universal adulation
as Nigel Mansell had, say?
LH: I donít reallyÖ I donít know. I donít really generally feel that but
people have the right to chose who they support and what I can say is thatÖ
I remember growing up in Stevenage I never in a million years thought Iíd
have a single supporter besides my Mum and my Dad. I feel really privileged
in just even having one but quite a lot of people come here and Iím so
grateful just for that, which is more than enough for me, so the more the
merrier. I guess the more and more time I spend here, I guess you have more
and more opportunity to turn peopleís opinions. But ultimately, as I said,
Iím grateful for what I do have.
LN: Maybe itís the moustache!
LH: The moustache? What, the fact that I canít really grow much!
LN: Well, I canít do much better either. Mansellís one was alright.
LH: Mansell had a good moustache. It might be that, Iím not able to grow.
This is like as far as it goes. And he had good eyebrows as well. Maybe one
weekend Iíll try sticking them on and see if it makes a difference.
Q: (Phil Duncan Ė PA) Lewis, the two chaps to the left of you have got a
combined age of 40, if my maths is right. I was just wondering if you haveÖ
LN: (Having exploded with laughter) Donít worry, itís nothing to do with
GR: Itís definitely not suitable for you guys.
DR: I didnít think it was that funny.
Q: (Phil Duncan Ė PA) The question was, anyway, it was whether Lewis had any
advice for the chaps sitting to his left and what he thought of the job
LH: I donít think I need to give them any advice. Theyíve obviously come
through similar ranks to myself and theyíre doing exceptional jobs. Both
have completely different challenges with George obviously in a team thatís
has struggled for some time but is part of helping them take steps to
improve and I really really hopeÖ Iím a huge fan of Frank and that team and
what theyíve achieved in their history so I really reallyÖ I think thatís a
team that needs to be up at the top with the rest of them. Itís amazing to
see McLaren doing so well. Theyíve had some really tough years as well. We
got to have a bit of a race in the last race and just watching Landoís
progression is incredibly impressive, to be so young in such an early phase,
heís coming in and keeping a level head and delivering on weekends, also up
against a driver whoís got more experience than him. Iím personally excited
to continue to watch these two grow and the trials and tribulations that
theyíll face and I do hope that we get to do some racing together, as I
said, representing the thirties.
Q: (Stephen Camp Ė Motorsport Monday, Motorsport week.com) Over the past few
weeks, if not months, there have been discussions about making life more
difficult for the drivers behind the wheel. I was just wondering if there
was anything in particular any one of you guys would like to seeÖ perhaps
power steering taken away, reduction in downforce? Is there anything in
particular that you would like to see making your lives more difficult?
AG: Yeah, of course I think I want better racing but less downforce, better
to follow people but yeah, it really differs not from my side. We will see
what happens after 2021 but yeah, for now itís not my decision. We need to
see what happens.
DR: Yeah, I guess the racing thingís a big one, just to be able toÖ
obviously if it was all a bit closer thatís great as well but itís just the
ability to follow. I guess itís two-fold now. You get close to another car,
you lose a chunk of downforce but then also your tyres start to overheat so
that then loses you an additional amount of grip so youíre kind of fighting
against those two, letís say, negative forces which donít help. Power
steering? Honestly, with the load and the actual downforce we have now would
be literally impossible. Iíve had hydraulic failures; thatís when you lose
the power steering and you canít turn. As brave as Iíd like to say I am and
as shredded as I am, it wouldnít suffice. Maybe one lap but not fifty.
LH: I agree. I think whatís really important right now is that the drivers
are unified for the first time since Iíve been in the sport. Weíre all
together as kind of a union and sort of working together with the FIA and
hoping that we can have a positive impact on the rules in 2021. So we kind
of need to make sure we stay on top of that and stay a part of it. There are
definitely subtle changes we can do for sure to make the car a little bit
even more physical than it is. Itís by no means easy for us to drive and
definitely not taking power steering away would not be key but I think we
could probably reduce it if we needed to do. We currently have the option to
do that but thereís no need because it doesnít really make a difference for
us really. But yeah, I think thereís a lot of other aspects and ultimately,
as Daniel mentioned, if the racing was closer it would really improve racing
so thatís key for us, I think.
LN: Nothing (inaudible). Nothing in particular. I think obviously the main
thing is the racing which is probably the most important thing for all of
us. The physical attributes, I donít really mind, to be honest. I did suffer
a lot since karting, with my size and everything, not really having a clue
what to do when I started karting, so I suffered in every category: F4, F3,
F2 Ė not so much F2 but Iíve had to kind of play catch-up quite a bit and in
some ways, F1 was a bit nicer with power steering. F2ís much harder,
physically on the arms and almost on the whole body than F1 is. So it can
change but I donít really mind, itís how it is to be honest, I donít think
thatís the priority of F1 right now.
GR: Yes, as the guys said, obviously to be able to race each other closer is
the number one priority but I think also allowing us to drive flat-out every
single lap, qualifying laps for 70 laps would be pretty cool and that would
make the physical demand greater. If youíre constantly lifting-coasting or
saving the tyres in high speed corners or doing whatever else, itís
obviously not as a tough as it would be if youíre going flat-out. So those
two together would be my idea of what we want.