Felipe Massa Previews Indian Grand Prix 2011

October 27, 2011

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“ Felipe Massa was one of the drivers called to the first ever FIA press conference at the Buddh circuit today, which hosts the inaugural Indian Grand Prix on Sunday. Asked for an impression of the track, the Ferrari driver was complimentary:

“It looks very nice, very interesting with some good opportunities for overtaking.” At this point, Felipe’s fellow countryman, Rubens Barrichello interrupted to explain the two of them had tackled the circuit on a computer game, racing one another sometimes playing for hours at a time over the internet. “It’s him my wife is angry with, not me” joked Rubens pointing at Felipe. “He is the one who introduced me to the game!”
“Then it was time for more serious matters, specifically the performance of the 150º Italia. “Recently, it has been okay,” said Felipe. “However, for the past four races, we have not had so many updates, as we approach the end of the season, which means our performance very much depends on the characteristics of the tracks we are at and Japan and Korea seemed to suit the car quite well.

“It is hard to tell, because sometimes this season we have done well at tracks where we did not expect to and not performed well at circuits where we expected to be competitive.”

“Asked what were the Scuderia’s goals for the final three races, the Brazilian explained they were twofold. “We will tackle these last races trying to get a podium finish and who knows, if possible maybe fight for the victory, which is always our target, always the direction we are working in. At the same time, we are also already working very hard for next year.

“Development of the car is ongoing as we put together all our ideas, trying to keep all the good points from this year’s car and changing those areas that did not work so well.”

Ferrari Report British Grand Prix 2011

July 12, 2011

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Williams Preview Spanish Grand Prix 2011

May 20, 2011

Rubens Barrichello – Williams FW32

Rubens Barrichello, Williams
2010 Qualifying – 18th, 2010 Race – 9th

“Barcelona is a great racing track and one that people know the most. It will be interesting to see how much the other teams and drivers have developed since we were there for the final test in March. I hope that we as a team can make a good jump forward in performance with our upgrades in Barcelona. I remain positive that we will.”

Pastor Maldonado, Williams
2010 Qualifying – n/a, 2010 Race – n/a

“It is going to be a very interesting race as we’ve had more time to develop the car now so we will see what we can do in Barcelona. We have more data as we tested there over the winter, so I think that will make it slightly easier than it’s been at the previous races. I think it will be easier from my point of view as well because I’ve already driven the FW33 there. We will continue to work on the new upgrades to see what a difference they can make. I really like the circuit. I think it is one of the best as it is a very complete, technical track with a good mixture of high and low speed corners. Turn Three is probably my favourite; it is very long and fast.”

Sam Michael, Williams technical director
“Barcelona is a circuit that demands good aero efficiency. It isn’t a track that is hard on brakes and with its long high-speed corners, the aero efficiency of the cars can be the biggest performance differentiator. The circuit layout hasn’t been favourable for overtaking in the past – however with the tyre degradation and the moveable rear wing it will likely be different this year.

“Since the Turkish Grand Prix, we have been working on our new rear wings that we ran in practice at Istanbul Park and we will have them on both cars again in Barcelona. In addition to that we’ll have new exhaust-blown diffusers to test.”

Monaco Will Be More Dangerous With DRS

May 14, 2011

Rubens Barrichello Williams FW32

Although some teams have stated that they are not in favour of DRS being used at the Monaco Grand Prix on safety grounds, not all of the teams were in agreement. If DRS were not permitted, then wings, specifically designed for Monaco would have to be constructed. The FIA has therefore stated that DRS will not be banned, as the teams were unable to reach a concensus.

DRS can be deployed any time during qualifying and with high tyre degradation and lower downforce, driving, especially through the tunnel, will be potentially far more dangerous.

Rubens Barrichello, the Chairman of the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association, is totally opposed to its implimentation: “I just think it is wrong. I would love the people at the top to sit in the car and try to do the tunnel with the DRS open.

“In my opinion, they are waiting for something bad to happen and when it happens, they will just say, ‘oh, next year we will not have it for Monaco.’ The drivers have not been listened to right now and I think it is the wrong decision.

“You are going to try to use it there (in the tunnel). I can see a race with safety cars a long way. If they could listen still: I think Monaco is what it is. It is not overtaking territory.

“Do they think they can introduce overtaking through the DRS? They possibly can, but they might hurt someone. That is a voice from experience.

Ferrari’s Stefano Domenicali commented: “There was a lot of debate between drivers yes and no. I think Monaco could be tough, but when you speak about safety it is better to stay quiet and not say anything in public but, for sure, it will be very tricky but this is the decision and we need to make the maximum use from it.”

Rubens Wants Someone to Take Charge at Williams

May 12, 2011

Rubens Barrichello – Williams FW32

Rubens Barrichello feels that Williams still needs someone to take charge of the team in spite of the recent change of management which sees Sam Michael leave and Mike Coughlan join: “We are missing something still. We need to address the problems.

“It is good to have some of the top guys here to see, because Sam will give 100% up until the end, but we need a leader. We need a leader.

“Right now, it is almost like we have too many but not enough. A lot of people are trying to say something but in the end that is not the point. They need to focus on what they are doing.

“Sam looks a bit more relaxed because he has settled down a bit. We need, as soon as possible, something that brings the car along.

“I can possibly recruit more people, look at other teams. I can. I am a top ten guy in the paddock who has been around the longest. I know a few people and I am calling them.

“The engineering side is okay, but we need to focus on developing and sorting the problems out because right now we are getting from one race to another and is the problem getting sorted? We have had this KERS problem from the first race so depending on the weather attitude we are still struggling.

“I am possible the most positive guy in the paddock. I will always dream of a change. Right now what I said in the team, in the briefing – it is like a message that people send out to the world: everybody needs to do their individual thing to get out of this.

“Right now, it is too easy to say that Williams has gone, that it is in the past but if each member does their little bit on their way of working, they are going to make it better and we need it better, because right now there is such a suffering with the way the car goes.”

Force India Qualifying Turkish Grand Prix 2011

May 7, 2011

2011 Turkish Grand Prix Qualifying and Final Free Practice Report – 7 May

It was another encouraging afternoon for Force India as Adrian and Paul qualified in P12 and P13 respectively for tomorrow’s Turkish Grand Prix at Istanbul Park.

Adrian Sutil (car 14, VJM04/04)
FP3: P13,  1:27.318 (19 laps)
Q1: P7,  1:27.397 (8 laps)
Q2: P12, 1:27.027 (6 laps)

Paul Di Resta (car 15, VJM04/02)
FP3: P16,  1:27.644 (18 laps)
Q1: P12,  1:27.652 (8 laps)
Q2: P13, 1:27.145 (3 laps)

Adrian Sutil (car 14)
It was quite a straightforward session for me with no major issues. I think we used the tyres well, there were no problems with traffic and it was a great team effort. But we should remember that the races so far this year have shown that qualifying is not as important as it used to be and it’s more important to have a good car for the race. I’m pretty happy with my set-up for tomorrow and feel more comfortable with the car than I did at the last race. In terms of the tyres, the hard seemed to perform very well yesterday, but the softs are looking good in the higher temperatures so it will be interesting to see how that develops in the race.

Paul Di Resta (car 15)
I think it was another great team performance today and we are roughly where we expected to be. There were no problems in Q1, and in Q2 I only did one run because we thought it would optimise our race strategy and save a set of tyres. I’m happy with my set-up for the race and I think we’ve sacrificed a bit more today to have a better car tomorrow. Hopefully that will put us in a reasonable position to fight the cars ahead of us and pick up some more points.

Robert Fernley, Deputy Team Principal
A pretty good day overall. Starting in P12 and P13 puts us in a great position to race strongly and hopefully challenge for more points. It was a shame that we just missed out on getting ahead of Barrichello, but ultimately Williams were just a little quicker today. For the race I think we can expect more of what we saw in China with lots of action throughout the field. It will be interesting to see how the tyres hold up, especially with the demands of turn eight, and we know there are some good overtaking opportunities in the lap which should make for some exciting racing.

Force India’s Malaysian Grand Prix 2011

April 10, 2011

2011 Malaysia Grand Prix Report – 10 April

Adrian Sutil (car 14, VJM04/04)     11th (56 laps)

Paul Di Resta (car 15, VJM04/02)  10th  (56 laps)

Air maximum/minimum: 28.0°C  Humidity: 80.0 – 86.2%
Track maximum: 31.0°C  Track minimum: 28.0°C

The Force India Formula One Team came home in 10th and 11th positions at the end of today’s Malaysia Grand Prix. The team is now joint 5th in the Constructors’ Championship with four points on the table, and Paul joins Adrian on two Championship points.

Both drivers made a clean race start, however Adrian had to return to the pits for a new nose on lap 3 after a coming together with Barrichello. Paul was the first to make a tyre stop, with a strategy for the race of option/new option/option/new prime, while Adrian ran with option/new option/new prime/option tyres. Paul had a very good race battling with Rosberg and the mid-fielders in the first stint and Schumacher in the second. He made up four places to bring home another point for the team today. Adrian quickly made up lost ground due to the early nose change and was charging through the field for most of the race. He ran consistently in 12th position until a retirement by Petrov led to Adrian crossing the line in a well deserved 11th place.

Adrian Sutil (car 14)
The first few laps were not brilliant as I lost my front wing touching Barrichello’s rear tyre. Then we had a two-stop strategy, I went into the pits for the soft tyres, then another set of hard and another set of soft, and made them last well, which is positive. We could have been in for a much better finishing position, which is a shame. Overall it was a disappointing weekend for me, but the team did a great job with the pitstops so I’d like to thank them for that.

Paul Di Resta (car 15)
I am quite happy I must say. The team did a good job with the strategy. I just could not hold off Michael at the end, he had fresher tyres and we had to stop a bit earlier for my third stop than predicted. But I also did not want to risk the championship point as well. I think the DRS showed some good racing today, so maybe we can be confident that in China our race pace may even be a little bit better. We were battling with cars that were a little bit quicker than us today, so overall I think we had a great race.

Dr. Vijay Mallya, chairman and team principal
Once again, it was a satisfying race for the Force India team. The boys did a great job with the pitstops in very difficult weather conditions and the team’s strategies worked very well. Paul did an excellent job coming home in the points once again, while I believe that Adrian would also have finished in the top ten had it not been for the early nose change which altered his two-stop strategy. I am very proud of what the team has achieved here in Sepang this weekend and hope that we can carry this momentum, and great team spirit, with us to the race in China next week.

Williams Look Forward to an Innovative Year

February 26, 2011

Williams FW32

Sam Michaels, Williams Technical Director, is pleased that the new regulations have resulted in radical new designs from a number of teams.

“All the testing has shown that we have a competitive car. As long as we develop the car quickly, we can have a good year. As a team, we are more ambitious than ever.

“Teams have had to take much bigger risks. There’s the Williams gearbox, the Red Bull exhaust system and the way it blows the diffuser, the Renault exhaust system and the way it blows the front of the diffuser and the Toro Rosso double floor. Those four things are the ones that stand out.

“We’ve had some annoying systems problems but we’ve done 3800 kilometres and testing has been very good. There is a big group of teams in the middle where you can’t predict where people are. We know it’s not easy but we hope that this car will take us a step closer to the leaders. One of the things I liked is that Pastor is definitely naturally talented. He’s a rookie, he’ll make a few mistakes but I’m impressed. Rubens is the key driver for the direction of the car because someone with that experience can’t be matched. He contributes the most.”

Williams Respond to Barrichello’s Input

January 3, 2011

Rubens is delighted with the morale and team spirit at Williams.

“I’m so positive that I can see the team growing, but I’m possibly not the right person to question. I can see only the good signs, and I’m changing the bad signs. I’ve been pinpointing things exactly with the car, and with that they can help everyone in the team to go forward. Next year’s car is definitely in aggressive mode but it’s about whoever makes the tyres work better. It’s a make or break type of thing. If you think that the Honda was not a very good car, we had a terrible 2008 season, and whenever they put the slicks on at the end of the year, the car improved itself. It was a car that if it was fighting for sixth position, it was already fighting for fifth and then they made such an upgrade it went to first. The Pirelli tyres could have a fundamental change on the tyres aerodynamically, so whatever happens it will help some teams and it won’t help some others.”

Williams’ KERS system is well advanced and they should benefit from its progression.

“We do think we’re strong, because we’ve been developing it. As a driver we’re just concerned that we’re going to have to press so many damn buttons that it’s going to be tough! It’s not about cuddling and love, it’s about getting the work done and getting everyone to hear what you’re doing. It’s a good marriage to be honest, with you. That’s what I’m in love with! It’s been one of the best times of my career. Like I’ve said before, all the teams that have employed me have used me well enough for their benefit, but not as well as Williams have used me. They hear me fully, and they actually act. They may have a sense that ‘this is bullshit,’ but let’s try it anyway’ and then they try, and see some benefit. There’s been some fantastic work. Sam heard me and went off, and after Istanbul we were able to change the characteristic of the wind tunnel.”

Moss’s Views on Rule Changes

December 26, 2010

Sir Stirling Moss is pleased that the sport’s governing body, the FIA, have brought in stricter penalties from next year for dangerous driving. This follows Michael Schumacher’s attempt to squeeze his ex-team mate, Rubens Barrichello, into the pit wall during the Hungarian Grand Prix in August.

“I see that they’ve done something about dirty driving and that’ll probably lessen Schumacher’s chances. It was disgraceful what he did at the Hungarian Grand Prix; Formula One is now one of the safest sports there is, but if somebody had been coming out of the pits at that moment it could have been a disaster.”

Sir Stirling believes that the re-introductions of team orders is long overdue.

“It’s stupid that they ever had to make a ruling on it. Team orders were always there and they always will be, and I think they always should be.”

“I’d like to hope that this coming year is going to be even better than last year, and I think last year was one of the best seasons we’ve seen for a long time. With all these changes the driver input, it would seem to me, is going to be much higher than in previous years. I think that’s a good thing because the driver input has been cut down so much that two seconds can cover the whole field which is unreal.”

“I’m very pro KERS because I think in 10 or 15 years it will be on every road car. You’re getting something for nothing and that’s always a good thing. Racing is the best environment to prove and test things before they go to the public, like disc brakes which I was connected with when I was racing. There’s no doubt that the teams will find out a tremendous amount about the technology as they use it. It’s expensive, but it’s difficult to feel sorry for the teams because the money they are spending is already enormous. They are the people that have allowed spending to get to this point and if they’d dug their heels in 10 or 20 years ago I’m sure they could have slowed up the spending but I’m not criticising because Formula One, in my mind, should be the best of everything.”

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