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SMASHING FUN

F1 Season 15

THERE’S A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE In case you’re used to us or bored of us churning out our usual mag every single time, you’re in luck. We’re still churning ‘em out, but our super-special-bumper-edition-collectors-issue-forsupernerds focusses solely on previewing the F1 season ahead. So it doesn’t matter what race you’re from who you race for, there’s something to interest you. Doug Walker has the dope. [1]


january 2010, Volume 2, F1, Issue 4

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Addicted to Speed

As the drum rolls begin to build in intensity and the curtain raiser draws near, we realise the magnitude of our own ineptitude to cover the season’s start. But fear not, for Doug Walker is close at hand to paper over those cracks and pander to the peanut gallery.

After dying an unforeseeable death at a young age, the eulogies weren’t many for Season 14 of the RLB F1 circus. For some, the season bore out much promise and we were witnessing a title fight that was at once titanic and momentous, the likes of which promised full worth of the price of an admission ticket. For others, the season couldn’t get over soon enough for it bore out much agony and heartache without the minor thrill of any sort of reward on the horizon. With the first ever truncated season a part of the history books now, and deservedly gathering dust in some musty library, what does the future hold for the combatants of motor sports’ most

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rarefied arena? With many teams shuffling their pack and taking stock of affairs, you would expect that those at the front would have built on their strengths, those trailing further back fortified for the winter ahead and that those dismissed as no-hopers would be planning a thing or two to upset the apple cart. As always, there have been some surprises and some non-surprises in the build up to this season. Ride with me on my train of thought as I take you to wondrous lands and tell you of what lies ahead should you choose to follow the RLB in its 15th avatar of F1 carmageddon.

[2]

SF

Often
 mistake
 for
 his
 twin
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 who
 is
 now
 a
 famous
 film
 star
 with
 Pixar,
 Doug
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a
star
in
his
own
right.
 After
 championing
the
human
 rights
 of
the
people
of
Eastern
 New
Bassau
and
helping
install
 a
 democratic
 government,
 he
 is
 now
 purposeless
 and
 has
 turned
 to
 his
 other
 great
 passion;
chasing
 cars.
 He
 also
 writes
 about
 people
 chasing
 one
 another
 in
 cars,
 or
 motor
 sports
as
we
humans
call
it.
SF


SF:ItYou’ve managed to impress in your twoFerrari races at Australia and Sepang was the title defense that neverfirst was. need to now pick and have definitely looked better than your solitary point might suggest. How would you assess your season thus far?

up where they left off and erase memories of erroneous ways. Eduardo Liguori may have Vilifed as villians of the

lost Warren: I think I've performed pretty well so far! Melbourne was an absolute dream debut for me, as I managed to qualify 8th and of the devastating pace that saw pantomime piece,position. it’s (still) all looked too tosome finish in that same Sepang be a promising weekend as well but things didn't work out for me in the race. Like I him power to a championship but has fashionable to putis really on your Ferrarisaid before, nothing expected out of me and Williams this season, and in all honesty we aren't where we want to be in the lost none of the canniness that has bashing hat and condemn the Italians near future. The car is solid and easy to drive, but it's not one that can regularly mix it with the big guns at the front. But we'll keep served him so well over the years. He for putting kibosh on when they going and keepthe trying for points every race! may be a mercurial racer of rare and did. spasmodic performance, but he is not a SF: Talk to us about Sepang. You made a flying start and then just faded into obscurity. What happened there? spent force. Couple that with Edu’s But pause a moment to think of A long-serving member of great well-documented deep affection for the fine gentlemen and sole lady that Warren: Yeah it was a fantastic start to the race, and I got myself up from 8th to 3rd. In practice on friday the car felt greatasinthe wet distinction, a driver long hailed Ferrari and you have a very formidable fly the Italians flaggood in F1. Wickham, conditions, and it felt again during the race. Unsurprisingly I got bumped down to 5th place after about 6 laps due to much next great hope, and a long haired opponent in one of the two cars. Liguori and Solfrank have been nothing faster cars, but I genuinely felt like I had a good shot at some points. However on lap 7 I outbraked myself 1 trying freak. On the faceinto of it,Turn it makes for ato but a credit to their profession. keep up with Sheasby and Karayi, and I went over a rumble strip and damaged the undertray of my car, and part of the diffuser as very unlikely pairing but this troika is As if facing up to Liguori weren’t Dominant, almost rampant in the well. The car was good to go, but the lack of fundamental downforce, especially in this weather, made the car not unfamiliar to an anyabsolute followerhorror of theto enough, Ferrari have stuck with one of season before, the Scuderia have been drive. As a team we decided to stay out and use it as testing session to collect some data, butRLB. it wasFerrari a real disappointing for for me. are looking race strong the most dominant drivers of almost accused by some of throwing their toys Poor error on my part. next season and until Red Bull decide any RLB era, conjuring visions of out because things weren’t quite as rosy as they might have expected. But that is just conjecture and conspiracy theory. The fact is that the nucleus of this

Nogueira. Liane Solfrank is the defending champion for a very good

to crash the party it seems like they

reason, and some may say she has

Many have been quick to say he is

inferior machinery at her disposal this

off the peak of his powers, but the

time around but may we remind

and he is an august racer with much

you that this car

femme fatale, the power to Liguori’s

shares the same genetic code of

grace and there are few combinations

the car that powered Ferrari to

It might be a case of girl interrupted

a b re a k t h ro u g h

at the summit of the championship

title. It is the greatest of teams that

table, but just as Ferrari have had a

Ferrari team was just as disappointed, Nothingif not more, to have is really to expected put the brakes out on. ofAnd me there and is arguably Williamsnothisone more motivated season, and in toallset the record honesty we s t raren't a i g h twhere than these guys. we want to

“Consistency is a great thing, and Ferrari are reaping the rewards of a sustained period where there is strength and stability in the ranks.”

be in the Motivation is one part of

t h e

equation to success (don’t ask, it can’t be revealed). The more important thing is whether they still have the ability and

have to answer the stiffest of challenges and while they might have only hit a

will be key combatants for honours.

sagacity of age has wisened Liguori left in the tank yet. Solfrank is the

on the grid that can match these two. as Solfrank ended up tied for points

chance to regroup so too has its star driver. Expect these two to carry on

Warrenthere has fit inwhere at Williams they left off, with Liane picking purple patch recently, is right no

up more wins than the doughty disputing the fact that Ferrari is one of desire. And the answer would have to be Brazilian, but don’t believe for a the marquees on this RLB grid. It would a resounding yes. They are as mo ment that he is a slouch. be a for hardWilliams. sell to getWould anyone to agree buy with Q:financially Some say strong this might be a make or breaknot season you that? as their immediate Historically promising to pack a into this Ferrari team, and I do not use rivals and they have managed to hold

wallop yet petering outafford in a whimper, wordneed lightly. Ferrari of yore has Warren: the time coming where we that as a team to start making improvements in all areas. We can't to slip any on to theI think very same teamisthat has stood of late Ferrari have found been known to be a bunch of disjointed, further thegood teams stead ahead of and of course the teams who are performing similarly to us. Obviously we are on thetheir back them behind in such of us, late. dancing shoes andthe canbest yet out waltzoftheir if brilliant, stars. This is more of a team, foot as it is with a much lower team budget compared to most of the teams, but Williams know how to get what Consistency is a great thing, and Ferrari wayover to the title. Again. with theI do parts showing a cohesion they've got, and a real spirit. But yes, think it's fair to say wethat need to get the hump and start becoming are reaping thehave rewards of fighting a sustained regular rather than SF periodpoints wherescorers theresooner is strength and later.is rare and of the pedigree of

stability throughout the outfit. But by

champions. For that is what they are,

how much have they been distracted?

and don’t you forget that.

[3]

SF

Prediction: 2nd


Will they,managed won’t to they, will inthey? Bullstwo areraces known to charge when and have definitely looked better than SF: You’ve impress your first at Australia and Sepang your point How would your season far? theysolitary see red, butmight Redsuggest. Bull doesn’t goyou on assess the attack often thus enough. That he has been a success at Ferrari How do you describe Red Bull? To Warren: I think I've performed pretty well so far! Melbourne was an absolute dream debut for me, as I managed to qualify 8th and simply raises the question again; what paraphrase a friend of mine finish in that something same position. Sepang looked to be a promising weekend as well but things didn't work out for me in the race. Like I is wrong with this current Red Bull used to describe meisaeons they are said before, nothing reallyago, expected out of me and Williams this season, and in all honesty we aren't where we want to be in the team? the kind of team that's an enigma near future. The car is solid and easy to drive, but it's not one that can regularly mix it with the big guns at the front. But we'll keep On paper, they have James wrapped in a riddle in a labyrinth going and keep trying kept for points every race! Fotheringham, one of (if not the) most with the key thrown away in the dark well-rounded and substantial recesses middle of You nowhere. SF: Talk toofus the about Sepang. made a flying start and then just faded into obscurity. What happened there? candidates from those that could have Nobody can make much sense of them Her greatest distinction was been chosen. Danielle Henson, well or where they’re headed, or if they’re Warren: Yeah it was a fantastic start to the race, and I got myself up from 8th to 3rd. In practice on friday feltF1 great in wet winning a racethe oncarher debut, known for her spats, is actually a racer headed anywhere at all. conditions, and it felt good again during the race. Unsurprisingly I got bumped down to 5th place after about 6 laps due to much although she might count outscoring of no mean calibre once you take away faster cars, but I genuinely felt like I had a good shot at some points. However on lap 7 I outbraked myselfand intorunning Turn 1 trying Preslie Hytes Sarah to all the sensation and spectacle she You would have thought that by keep up with Sheasby and Karayi, and I went over a rumble strip and damaged the undertray of my car, and part of the diffuser as Fisher Racing as greater undoubtedly brings to the team. And now Red Bull’s trials and tribulations well. The car was good to go, but the lack of fundamental downforce, especially in this weather, made the car an absolute horror to achievements. Since then, however, yet the only thing on four wheels that would have survived all the afflictions drive. As a team we decided to stay out and use it as testing session to collect some data, but despite it was acoming real disappointing race forof me. close on a number sees more ups and downs is a roller that come with the sport, that they Poor error on my part. instances, Danielle Henson has never coaster. Which is not that different from would have been somehow strengthened by it all. That through the gloom and doom prophecies they would have found some sort of hope and humor. You would be right andNothing wrong, all at once. With a is really technical package expected out the of envy me of andmost t Williams e a m s , this and beyond the season, andvery in vivid and lifelike all honesty we d a aren't y d r e awhere ms of most we of them, want you to

really managed to surmount a

Red Bull, but we digress.

credible title challenge, bringing

In part, the problems with Red Bull can be put down to infighting which

“Things have just always seemed so muddled with Red Bull, and sorting it all out would involve a superhuman effort. And yet, there is a belief that Red Bull could yet walk the straight and narrow.”

the to would not be beinwrong hope, almost against hope,

that

the Milton Keynes based team would rise to the occasion. But Red Bull is never about

many doubters to question whether she still deserves

a place at a top

team. This will be a gilt-edged

has been a large contributor to the

chance for her to silence her critics

inconsistent

season in fine form.

nature of their performances.

and carry on where she left off last Never much of a dasher, James Fotheringham has always won

You’d find more steadiness if you

admirers for his commitment in

were playing

definitely counts as a rough patch for

Russian Roullete. Minus the guns, of course. How else

t h e B r i t o n a s h e wa s n ’t j u s t

would you explain only one driver (wo)manfully carrying the burden in

teammate. He’ll want to set the

good times and bad. And last season

outscored, but obliterated by his record straight and show his worth,

Warren has fit right inmaybe at Williams as one final hurrah.

any given year.

Determined they may be, but it

simplicity. Things have just always may not be enough to see them sail Over the years, several teams have seemed so muddled with them, and across proud at the topWould of the you pile agree and with Q:sorting Some it sayallthis a make or breakstood season for Williams. that?the finish line. They will have outmight wouldbe involve a near to raise their performance way above for long Red Bull have threatened to superhuman effort. And yet, there is a

the usual and just individually, few at the pinnacle. Butimprovements all they Warren: I think is coming as a the team need to start making in all areas. Wenot can't afford to slip any belief that Red the Bulltime could yet walkwhere the we join but as a team. Can they do It’sback a have remained are threats, empty and further the teams us, and of course the teams who are performing similarly to us. Obviously we are onit?the straightbehind and narrow. Forahead hopeofsprings long they’re capable of what it. unfulfilled.toLike Linux lovers, thisbut tooWilliams is foot as it isThings with a much team budget compared most of the teams, knowshot, how but to get the best out of eternal. werelower supposed to It’s a question of translating saidyes, to be yearit's of Red they've andbetter have awith realthe fighting I dothe think fair Bull. to sayBut wewith need to get over the hump and start becoming changegot, for the arrivalspirit. of But potential into performance. regular scorers sooner rather SF Liguori,points a champion not that long than ago. later.every season that ebbs and flows you

He fought his battles, but not often on

must stop and wonder; when will it be

track, and left quietly not long after.

Red Bull’s season?

[4]

SF

Prediction: 3rd


SF:Brilliant You’ve managed to impress in your races atare Australia and when Sepang and have definitely looked better than one moment, banal the first next,two Brawn fantastic your solitary point might suggest. How would you assess your season thus far?

on song but are equally horrific when off-key. I t takes a special team to contention for

the title and looking Warren: I think I've performed pretty well so far! Melbourne was an absolute dream debut for me, as I managed to qualify 8th and with their machinery showcase itssame best and its worst all inlooked the tocomfortable finish in that position. Sepang be a promising weekend as well but things didn't work out for me in the race. Like I despite being newcomers to the team. span of a single race. Lesserexpected teams take said before, nothing is really out of me and Williams this season, and in all honesty we aren't where we want to be in the several races to create a Jekyll and Hyde near future. The car is solid and easy to drive, but it's not one that can regularly mix it with the big guns at the front. But we'll keep Smarting from a defeat the portfolio, but trying Brawnfor has always been going and keep points every race! previous season, this was a team quicker than the rest in these and determined to rebound in some style indeed any other matter. SF: Talkalmost to us about Sepang. You made a flying start and then just faded into obscurity. What happened there? and they could well do it this season. Michael Adenekan has always With a manager and two drivers that Melbourne. A win for the debutant Warren: Yeah it was a fantastic start to the race, and I got myself up from 8th to 3rd. In practice caras feltseen great wet shownona friday savoirthe faire, ininhis are the pick of the field, if not the very from pole. and But it it felt was good by noagain moreduring than a the race. conditions, Unsurprisingly I got bumped down to 5th place after about 6 laps due to much handling and the meteoric rise of best, you would imagine that Brawn has thousandth of a second after the KERS faster cars, but I genuinely felt like I had a good shot at some points. However on lap 7 I outbraked myselfand into itTurn 1 trying Panther Racing would seem to everything it needs to romp to the title. broke on his car, almost costing Karayi keep up with Sheasby and Karayi, and I went over a rumble strip and damaged the undertray of my car, and part of the diffuser as on the face of it that he has pulled But nothing is as simple as it seems, and the win. His teammate Donald snared well. The car was good to go, but the lack of fundamental downforce, especially in this weather, made the car an coup. absolute horror to off yet another mini In signing Brawn will have a very hard task on third, but he too suffered KERS issues drive. As a team we decided to stay out and use it as testing session to collect some data, but Donald it was a real me. and disappointing Karayi in hisrace firstfor full their hands with a feisty Ferrari outfit and had to settle for third. Poor error on my part. season in charge, he has aligned two looking to defend their title from

Peruse that. Two mechanical issues for both race cars in the same race and yet, they finish first and third. I dare you to name me a team that Nothing could is have done really likewise. Brawn expected out started of meout andlast s Williams e a s o n thisa s fseason, a v o r i t and e s fin or many, but they all honesty we showed aren'ta where baffling f l u c twe u a twant i o n to of

season 13. Add some Red Bull and McLaren to that mix, and you have a

drivers of very disparate style. And the results were there for all too see. T h e t w o n e w b oy s r a r e l y

nice little battle on the menu.

performed well together, but one or

“Brawn started out last season as favorites for many, but they showed a baffling fluctuation of performance you wouldn’t associate with the wizards in white.”

Always a strong

the other of them was always in

team in their short existence,

contention for a win or loads of

none

would

decision to select them. With

discount the c h a n c e s

Ferrari’s challenge strong as ever, it

Adenekan’s wards have in the season

the distance of a full season.

points, fully vindicating Adenekan’s

will have to be seen if Brawn can last There was criticism from several

ahead. Admittedly,

quarters that Brawn were a bit off

in the performancebeyou wouldn’t associate with the wizards in

Donald and Karayi have some ways to go yet before they

their game last season and that their

white.

can equal the heroics of Aurilio and Adenekan himself, but the portents are

but despite that they were still at the

But despite the yoyo-ing and

performance was a bit unpredictable front, the team everyone wanted to

has had fit right inbeat. at Williams As Ferrari, Red Bull and good. Bar that oneWarren season Donald at

McLaren look to step on to the Red Bull, he has always been a steady hemming and hawing, Adenekan’s men pedal, Brawn will have to raise their and consistent performer at this level still did enough to finish at the top of game to be better than ever. Can they the for mercurial and Would self-destructive Q:the Some say(albeit this might makeator breakand season Williams. you agree with that? drivers joint) be anda were the do it? Karayi showed he had lost none of the forefront in the constructors as well.

Logically, the answer is to yes.slip The and need erraticism marked him Warren: I think the time is coming as a team to startthat making improvements in all areas. We can't afford any The crippling combination of where some we pace personnel, the machinery, the out in Indycars. While things seem to be further the teams ahead of us, and of course the teams who are performing similarly to us. Obviously we are on the back dodgy behind luck and baffling mechanical it’s best all there. going welltofor Brawn on teams, and off-track, foot as it is with a much lower team budget compared most of the but Williams financial know howmuscle, to get the out ofBut what unreliability might have felled almost what is missing is success. And that historical isn’t always an to get over the hump and start becoming they've real yes, I doperformance think it's fair to say we need a n y o ngot, e eand l s ehave . B raa w n , fighting h o w e vspirit. e r But can’t be bought by anyone. regular pointsand scorers rather than later.indicator of future performance. The SF persevered whatsooner was all the more

heartening (for the neutral) is the

stars seem to align for them, but will

manner in which both drivers were in

their luck hold out?

[5]

SF

Prediction: 1st


SF:Enjoying You’ve managed to impress yourMullan, first twoMcLaren races at Australia Sepang and have definitely looked better than a revival under inTom were and surprise your solitary point might suggest. How would you assess your season thus far?

title contenders last season. Can they do the trick again? Sheasby has been at the time since If you had told someone at the

Warren: I think I've performed pretty well so far! Melbourne was an absolute dream debut for me, as I managed to qualify 8th and before the Dinosaurs became extinct, onsetinofthat last same season that McLaren finish position. Sepangwould looked to be a promising weekend as well but things didn't work out for me in the race. Like I and that means he has a considerable be abefore, very real championship contenders said nothing is really expected out of me and Williams this season, and in all honesty we aren't where we want to be in the amount of experience that he can put to in season 14, you would have either got near future. The car is solid and easy to drive, but it's not one that can regularly mix it with the big guns at the front. But we'll keep good use. Serru, often underrated and very and good odds on that or have been going keep trying for points every race! undervalued, is a quiet performer who run out of town as plain barking mad. puts the points up on the board almost SF: Talk to us about Sepang. You made a flying start and then just faded into obscurity. What happened there? without anyone noticing, quite like a Apparently, the idea of McLaren It wasn’t the slightest bit Ninja. Re-signing these two was a noenjoying success is not as much a blast Warren: Yeah it was a fantastic start to the race, and I got myself up from 8th to 3rd. In practice on friday the carMcLaren felt greatstuck in wet surprising to see that brainer, and Mullan and myriad from the past some might take it to the race. conditions, and as it felt good again during Unsurprisingly I got bumped down to 5th place after about 6 laps due to much with the same lineup for next McLaren fans hope it is a prelude to be. Importantly, while many classed faster cars, but I genuinely felt like I had a good shot at some points. However on lap 7 I outbraked myself into 1 trying to season. Having doneTurn surprisingly success this season. McLaren as best of the rest material, at keep up with Sheasby and Karayi, and I went over a rumble strip and damaged the undertray of my car, and part of the diffuser as well, maybe even punching above best, the team members always went well. The car was good to go, but the lack of fundamental downforce, especially in this weather, thethe carbar an absolute theirmade weight, has beenhorror raised to However, the Woking based team about their task with a conviction drive. As a team we decided to stay out and use it as testing session to collect some data, but aitnwas d eaxreal p e cdisappointing t a t i o n s h a vrace e bfor e e me. n face a far tougher task this season as almost rarely found on most of the grid. Poor error on my part. heightened for the Silver Arrows. Red Bull seem determined to put years Simon Sheasby’s battling qualities and skill was on display as he took the fight to the frontrunners, even winning races along the way. Dieter Serru was never as quick as his teammateNothing but he a l m o sis t really always backed himout up expected perfectly of me when and it c Williams a m e t othis the crunch, and season, andthat in isalljust one of we the honesty positives aren'tMcLaren where can take we want into this to

McLaren (and Sheasby in particular)

surmount. With 17 races over the

will throw everything but the kitchen

course of a season, it could well be that

sink at his opponents from the get

McLaren fall back into the clutches

restrained, just looking to finish

of some of their

others fall by the wayside. But there

rivals as the season progresses.

is no denying that the car does have

The onus is on Sheasby and Serru

McLaren’s (over?)achievements last

“Apparently, the idea of McLaren enjoying success is not a blast from the past. McLaren was most definitely one of the big success stories of season 14.”

be in the upcoming season. Surprise winners at Malaysia, McLaren never looked back from that point on and have shown genuine pace

You can rest assured that

of ineptitude and Ferrari and Brawn will be as always a tough obstacle to

to keep the tempo

go while Serru will be more races and pick up the pieces as the

its frailties, and there is a feeling that season simply papered over some of the cracks. As seen last season though,

up all season long.

McLaren would really fancy

For all the positives he brings to the table, Sheasby has never sealed the

themselves to set the cat among the pigeons. Maybe at some level they

Warren fit the right inknow at Williams they aren’t odds on to beat deal when it matters most, has deliver

some of their more fancied killer blow, or any other cliche you want in winter testing as well, perhaps opponents, but that won’t stop them to use. His prowess is not in question, it suggesting a return to hallowed days from getting in their faces and trying his ability finish offWould what he starts. Q:when Some sayroutinely this might make or breakisseason for to Williams. you agree with that? they setbe thea benchmark to ruffle a few feathers. Valorous they Will McLaren see the best of Sheasby? for other teams to follow. A lot of the

may but pure bluster alone remains be seen, butimprovements Simon Warren: I think is coming where as a team need to to start making in allbe,areas. We can't afford to might slip any credit for this the liestime at the doorstep of we That not see them across the finish should still have enough to lead the line further behind teamsunder ahead who of us,the and of course the teams who are performing similarly to us. Obviously we are on theline. back manager Tomthe Mullan, They need to display quality over the and shine for them. Serru will be solid, foot as it is with a much lower team budget compared to most of the teams, but Williams know how to get the best out of what team has been revitalised and have course thehump season, and thatbecoming will be butyes, unspectacular andfair he to is say becoming, they've got, and have realhave fighting spirit. But I do think it's we need to get overofthe and start done far better than athey in quite their acid test. regular rather SF some points time. scorers Season sooner 14 was an than eye- later.in this writers opinion, the Makelele of

opener for many, and McLaren was

his team. And that’s not a bad thing. But

most definitely one of its stories.

is it good enough?

[6]

SF

Prediction: 4th


listless at times, underrated others. SF:Surprisingly You’ve managed to impress in yoursurprisingly first two races at Australiaat and Sepang and have definitely looked better than your solitary point might suggest. How would you assess your season thus far? Toyota must make their swan song one to remember. But to do that Miles will have to In some ways, the end has been Warren: I think I've performed pretty well so far! Melbourne was an absolute dream debut for me, as I managed to qualify 8th and fare a lot better than he did in season nigh,inand the end has Sepang been antifinish that same position. looked to be a promising weekend as well but things didn't work out for me in the race. Like I 14. He might have secured a podium at climatic. much fanfare said before,There nothingwasn’t is really expected out of me and Williams this season, and in all honesty we aren't where we want to be in the Bahrain, but that was one of only two around the announcement when Sam near future. The car is solid and easy to drive, but it's not one that can regularly mix it with the big guns at the front. But we'll keep points finishes for him and he will have Johnston said that Toyota as weevery knowrace! it going and keep trying for points to do a whole lot better if Toyota are to will no longer participate in the RLB FIA challenge for any sort of honors this F1 Talk championship. their SF: to us about With Sepang. Youfuture made a flying start and then just faded into obscurity. What happened there? season. KR Raj on the other hand is one murky, Toyota could be forgiven for For a team that has always of the most doughty customers in the being a bit glum about the uncertainty Warren: Yeah it was a fantastic start to the race, and I got myself up from 8th to 3rd. In practice on friday feltGDP great of in wet invested more the thancarthe a RLB. I’d go about drawing an analogy of things. and Butitthe as the race. conditions, felt Japanese good againteam, during Unsurprisingly I got bumped down to 5th place after about 6 laps due to much couple of small nations in their car, between KR and a cockroach, but it much a permanent fixture on the F1 faster cars, but I genuinely felt like I had a good shot at some points. However on lap 7 I outbraked myselfreally into Turn Toyota haven’t had 1a trying lot of to would be so open to misinterpretation grid as manager Sam Johnston himself, keep up with Sheasby and Karayi, and I went over a rumble strip and damaged the undertray of my car, and part of the diffuser as return for their money. Little wonder that I’d best not. seem remarkably upbeat despite well. The car was good to go, but the lack of fundamental downforce, especially in this weather, the car an absolute horror thenmade that the Japanese stiffs in their to nearing the end of the line. drive. As a team we decided to stay out and use it as testing session to collect some data, but suits it wasoohed a real disappointing race me. and aahed, but notforfor I will, however, say that KR has Poor error on my part. too long before deciding to pull the had a torrid time in Indycars, lumbered Having had mixed fortunes the with one hunk of junk after another and it seemed to be that he was waiting and

plug on this pet project of the

waiting for an opportunity that was just

Where Toyota, or the remnants

not coming along. And after he announced

of the Toyota team, goes from is

his imminent departure from

for the key protagonists of this team

Indycars, some

any potential suitors. And that would

might felt that the talented Indian’s

mean pulling up their socks after a

time in the RLB might have drawn

Miles and Eyre showed flashes of

to an end, but it

short-lived to enjoy for boss Sam

be inback, the these team some time F1 machines will be no

was not to be. In the words of Abba, KR silently serenaded

Johnston. Heads had to roll, and not

stranger to KR as he looks to bed into F1

team bosses with his rendition of “Take a chance on me” and Sam Johnston

either.

rest is history. This may be the beginning of the

the way for the red and whites. Two

season before. Toyota made one change to the team that commandeered their cars back then. Ash Eyre received the golden handshake a n d mNothing ade a dignified exit. His is really r eexpected p l a c e m eout nt, surprisingly of me and for some, was this Indian Williams KR Raj, long season, andtime in tester for Toyota. all honesty we Having aren't done wherea short stint we want with the to

“The Japanese team, as much a permanent fixture on the F1 grid as manager Sam Johnston himself, seem remarkably upbeat despite nearing the end of the line.”

quickly and push on with the small matter of scoring big points.

Japanese carmaker.

anybody’s guess. But what it means is that they have to dress to impress

lacklustre couple of seasons gone by. their ability, but it was always too

in the manner of a ritualistic sacrifice Miles will have to string together

Warren fitThe right inmore at Williams of his best if he has to show responded with the offer of ahas drive.

point scoring finishes in 7 races is Martin Miles stays on and will not the stuff you expect from your for for Toyota, but Would it is also the with Q:look Some thisflag might a make or breakend season Williams. you agree that? to say fly the for be Toyota as their lead driver. KR Raj will be the one to beginning of hope for them. The hope most experienced driver. The Briton

though, not justafford because of his they put the making disappointment Warren: I think time coming as a team needaside to start improvementswatch in all areas. We can't to slip any hasn’t set the the grid onisfire withwhere his we that relative inexperience, but because of years gone by and finally fire on all further behind the of us, and of course the teams who are performing similarly to us. Obviously we are on the back performances but teams there ahead is ample scope this his big, bigthe chance. And cylinders. to Miles andofKR certainly do foot as it is with a much lower team budget compared most thecan teams, but Williams knowis how to get best out of the what to set that record straight as Toyota Indian is hungry to prove a point, theyes, business their Japanese they've got, final and have a real fighting I do thinkfor it's fair to say we need to get over the hump and start becoming enter the stretch. Miles has spirit. the But which could prove crucial in the end regular scorersofsooner rather than SF added points incentive impressing his later.overlords, but will need to come to

potential future employers by bringing

grips with the challenge at hand early,

home the bacon for Toyota.

before its too late.

[7]

SF

Prediction: 5th


SF:Somewhere, You’ve managed to impress your first two races Australiaofand Sepang and have definitely looked better than a giant stirs. in BMW Sauber areatwarning a return your solitary point might suggest. How would you assess your season thus far?

to form. Is it a credible threat? If a giant were to be felled in the

Having performed surprisingly Warren: I think I've performed pretty well so far! Melbourne was an absolute dream debut for me, as I managed to qualify 8th and last season, you’d expect BMW to woods, would anyone Sepang hear looked the towell finish in that same position. be a promising weekend as well but things didn't work out for me in the race. Like I probably enjoy a similar modicum of commotion? More is toreally the point, would said before, nothing expected out of me and Williams this season, and in all honesty we aren't where we want to be in the success this time around but it may not anyone care? near future. The car is solid and easy to drive, but it's not one that can regularly mix it with the big guns at the front. But we'll keep be all smooth sailing for the going and keep trying for points every race! beleaguered greats. Their direct rivals, People certainly took note when such as Renault, Williams and, dare we BMW from grace. TheYou German SF: Talkfell to us about Sepang. made a flying start and then just faded into obscurity. What happened there? say it, Toro Rosso, have fortified their manufacturer, renowned for their With Sam Gordon deciding that positions over the course of last season metronomic efficiency and winning Warren: Yeah it was a fantastic start to the race, and I got myself up from 8th to 3rd. In practice onenough friday the car felt inof wet he had of F1, the great mantle and will be more than capable of ways (theyandare, in good fact, again one during of the the race. conditions, it felt Unsurprisingly I got bumped down to 5th place after about 6 laps due to much team leader falls upon Colin Nixon. launching an assault for mid-table winningest teams in the RLB) have faster cars, but I genuinely felt like I had a good shot at some points. However on lap 7 I outbraked intoheTurn trying Aged and myself a veteran may1 be, but to supremacy this season. suddenly struggled to find the form of keep up with Sheasby and Karayi, and I went over a rumble strip and damaged the undertray of my car, and part of the diffuser as he is still more than adept behind yore. A far cry from the days of glory, well. The car was good to go, but the lack of fundamental downforce, especially in this weather, theThe car an absolute horror the made wheel. Aussie can still to BMW were in superb form last you can tell how far BMW have fallen by drive. As a team we decided to stay out and use it as testing session to collect some data, but conjure it was a real disappointing me. up visions of his race bestfor and season, coming out of the blocks really virtue of the fact that they were thrilled Poor error on my part. will undoubtedly grab headlines fast and not letting up in the intensity to finish second at Melbourne last season. Admittedly, it was Sam Gordon’s home race and that added to the adrenaline flowing through the veins,

of their driving. Sam Gordon was a major reason for their excelling, but

with a spectacular drive or two. the

with him choosing to depart for the US

enough for BMW who will have to

of A, Nixon will have to fill the void left by

have to be at their very best if they

‘Junior’. Anthony Morgan has been

rivals. Nixon will have to take the

called up from

while there is no doubting his

Renault to do duty for Elattar and he

capability of doing so, there are

will have the unenviable task of

of his chariot of doom.

but still, it is no substituteNothing for the f a c t tis h areally t they

would have been expected out disappointed of me andwith second untilthis only Williams some years back. season, and in

“The spirit is admirable and willing, but the machinery is not up to scratch. Is it a case of Auf Wiedersehen to the glory days?”

all honesty we aren't As always, where h o w ewe v e r, want B MtoW be in theto lure retains the capacity

top drivers to its fold. Nixon brings with him bags of experience that is absolutely priceless and his knowhow will be vital for BMW to get the

problem is that that might not be

are to see off the challenges of their battle to the opposite camp and

lingering questions about the quality Anthony Morgan was one of the

keeping Renault,

two Kiwi drivers at Renault last

Toyota and everyone bar the top 4 behind him.

season and they both suffered a rough time with the French team. Little surprise then that the Kiwi

For all their heroics, BMW might

chose to migrate as soon as possible

fit right inand at found Williams shelter with the German find the challengeWarren they face has this season

g i a n t s. L i k e h i s c o u n t r y m a n near insurmountable. With a car that is most out of their technical package. A Andrews, Morgan was too erratic and the knife in a gunfight and drivers that canny customer as always, Nixon will failed to make much of an impact in veryforwilling workers not with Q:definitely Some say this might be of a make or breakare season Williams. Would but you agree that? spring a couple big results the shortened season that went by. spectacular, you might find that while for BMW at some point or the other.

He can certainly improve results theirmaking way it would be Warren: think thehim timefrom is coming as aodd team need go to start improvements in all areas. We can't afford toonsliphis any Pairing Iup with acrosswhere the we the showing last time around, but it too much to ask them to finish in the further the teams hope ahead Anthony of us, and of course the teams who are performing similarly to us. Obviously we are on the back Tasmanbehind is perennial be that he the has best jumped from top half ofto the this foot as it isOn with muchoflower budget compared mostconstructors of the teams, buttime Williams could know how to get out of what Morgan. thea face it, itteam is not a the frying pan straight into the fire, around. Thethink spirit they've got, and have a real fighting yes, I do it's isfairadmirable to say we and need to get over the hump and start becoming spectacular combination chosen by spirit. Mo But for BMW is no less troubled than regular sooner SF Elattar,points but scorers it could wellrather provethan an later.willing, but the machinery is not up to

effective one that grinds out the results

scratch. Is it a case of Auf Wiedersehen

as needed.

to the glory days?

[8]

SF

Renault.

Prediction: 7th


craft,tomore back-breaking And and have definitely looked better than SF:Graft You’veover managed impress in your first twothan racesgroundbreaking. at Australia and Sepang your solitary point might suggest. How would you assess yet, Williams keeps on fighting the good fight.your season thus far? Struggling to scrape a few points Was it really that long ago that Warren: I think I've performed pretty well so far! Melbourne was an absolute dream debut for me, as I managed to qualify 8th and season, one of the most notable Williams wassame one of the giants of the F1 tolast finish in that position. Sepang looked be a promising weekend as well but things didn't work out for me in the race. Like I drives last season for them was when world, graced as they were expected by some big said before, nothing is really out of me and Williams this season, and in all honesty we aren't where we want to be in the Maser defended his position like a names? How did this little big team lose near future. The car is solid and easy to drive, but it's not one that can regularly mix it with the big guns at the front. But we'll keep cornered Tiger at Barcelona and just theirand way? And canfor they return torace! a going keep trying points every refused to let Karayi past him for all of semblance of pre-eminence? 26 laps. More of such pluck will be SF: Talk to us about Sepang. You made a flying start and then just faded into obscurity. What happened there? needed if Williams are to make inroads. In the RLB F1 era, Williams have When Ben Warren was signed The car showed signs of being traditionally been strapped for cash and Warren: Yeah it was a fantastic start to the race, and I got myself up from 8th to 3rd. In practice onWood, friday the the vast car felt greatwent in wet by Josh majority promising last season, but with the have thus and beenit forced to again work during within the race. conditions, felt good Unsurprisingly I got bumped down to 5th place after about 6 laps due to much ‘who?’ The spirited young Briton limited facilties at Williams’ disposal, the constraints of their financial faster cars, but I genuinely felt like I had a good shot at some points. However on lap 7 I outbraked into Turn 1 trying respondedmyself by scoring points in an to car development will certainly not be limitations. Even as some of the teams keep up with Sheasby and Karayi, and I went over a rumble strip and damaged the undertray of my car, and part of the diffuser as absolute dog of a car at Melbourne. one of their strengths. around them are more flush with funds well. The car was good to go, but the lack of fundamental downforce, especially in this weather, car anthe absolute horror Andmade that the wasn’t last of him to than they are, Williams will hope that drive. As a team we decided to stay out and use it as testing session to collect some data, but either. it was aHe realwas disappointing raceinfor me. consistently the Courageous though they are, they some of the aerodynamic work they’ve Poor error on my part. reckoning for points and proved to will need to up the ante and aim for done to improve the car will be enough. They don’t have much to invest in the team as the season progresses and they will have to just hope that the engineers

more than just a few points this season. As Renault, BMW and Toro Rosso

be a somewhat inspired signing for

prepare for an assault to move up the

beater, but Warren knows his

p e ck i n g o rd e r, Williams’ drivers

limitations and has shown a great

must be a g g re s s i ve a n d

strengths instead. There is no clear

look to outthink

to wager a bet, I’d say Ben is it.

have earned their pay cheques with some Nothing sterlingiswork over really theexpected winter. out

“Always battlers last season, Williams will turn to Ben Warren and Scott Maser to once again drive the car beyond its limits”

of me and A l w this a y s Williams bseason, a t t l e r and s l ains t season, Williams all honesty we willaren't turn where to Ben Warren weand wantScott to be in the drive Maser to once again

the car beyond its limits and

hope

it all just holds together. Team manager Josh Wood has applied himself to the task at hand in laudable fashion and is a

their opponents b e c a u s e

Williams. He might not be a world

deal of intelligence in playing to his team leader at Williams, but if I had Scott Maser is another feisty character in that Williams team. They

outdriving them will be very

are an all-British team and they

difficult at this

Maser’s drive at Barcelona belied his

point in time. In the future, probably. Not right now.

age and showed lot of acumen in a

typify the British Bulldog perfectly.

car that is, quite frankly, lacking in almost any real quality. However,

Consistently good off track,

winter testing is proving very

Warren hasset fit the right inpromising at Williams for Williams and they Williams now need to try and c o u l d ye t t u r n i n a s u r p r i s e

Cat among the Pigeons. There is so little large part of the reason that Williams performance or two. to choose between those lower down will hope to have a chance in the season On paper, it’s not much to look F1 ladder that the advantage Q:toSome this might be a make or is breakthe season for Williams. Would youmight agree with that? come.say Warren and Maser’s work at. But underestimate Williams at lie in doing something that takes the cut out for them, and in this current

your They afford might tonot andneed maybe evenmaking the big improvements guns, by Warren: think the have time ais machine coming where as a team to start in allown areas.risk. We can't slipbe any WilliamsI car they that we others, much this season, but you get the surprise. Never given much of a chance, further behind the give teamsupahead of us,but and of course the teams who are performing similarly to us. Obviously we are on the back will occasionally on them season a buildup to Williams to as most a team foot as it is with a much lower team budget compared of thehave teams,certainly but Williams sense know that howthis to get the is best out of what will also from time to time land them seasons ahead. It could all change for shown lotthink of fight tried they've got, and have positions. a real fighting spirit. But yes, aI do it's and fair to saytowebuck need to get over the hump and start becoming into points scoring The two Williams, beginning right here. regular points scorers than later.the odds. Warren and Maser are SF youngsters will sooner have rather to acquit

themselves to the task at hand very

underrated, but so is Williams. Could

early.

they be the surprise of the season? SF

[9]

Prediction: 8th


SF:An You’ve managed to impress in your firstan two at Australia Renault and Sepang and have definitely looked better than all new team, an all new look, allraces new...rivalry? your solitary point might suggest. How would you assess your season thus far?

are promising a lot this season. Can the Frenchadians deliver? Renault have progressively grown At the outset, I have to admit it.

Warren: I think I've performed pretty well so far! Melbourne was an absolute dream debut for me, as I managed to qualify 8th and comatose ever since Travy This in is that the team I was waiting to looked talk tomore finish same position. Sepang be a promising weekend as well but things didn't work out for me in the race. Like I D’Souza won them that title way back in about. Renault haveis seen change said before, nothing reallymore expected out of me and Williams this season, and in all honesty we aren't where we want to be in the season 3 and they’ve never come even recently than a vending machine, and it near future. The car is solid and easy to drive, but it's not one that can regularly mix it with the big guns at the front. But we'll keep remotely close to replicating that sort is most change for the better. going andcertainly keep trying for points every race! of form every again. It would be Mind you, this is no slight on the premature (and hugely incorrect) to outgoing that worked hard a flying SF: Talk topersonnel us about Sepang. You made start and then just faded into obscurity. What happened there? assume that all of that can be set right for the team. It’s just that there just If you believed that Samir just like that. But Renault have two wasn’t enough performance to match Warren: Yeah it was a fantastic start to the race, and I got myself up from 8th to 3rd. In practice onjust friday the car feltthe great in wet Achrifi walked into sunset drivers in their ranks now that are, the potential undoubtedly conditions, andthey it felt good againhad. during the race. Unsurprisingly I got bumped down to 5th place after about 6 laps due to much and was done for as a driver, you’d potentially amongst the cream of the faster cars, but I genuinely felt like I had a good shot at some points. However on lap 7 I outbraked myself 1 trying be mistaken. If into you Turn thought Mike to field in any respect you can imagine. You might argue that it is a similar keep up with Sheasby and Karayi, and I went over a rumble strip and damaged the undertray of my car, and part of the diffuser as Aurilio had driven his last race in Eventually, Renault can be revived by case here. Will Takahashi hasn’t won well. The car was good to go, but the lack of fundamental downforce, especially in this weather, made 1, theyou car an absolute Formula couldn’t behorror more to this team. It is only a matter of time. something since that season where Edu drive. As a team we decided to stay out and use it as testing session to collect some data, but wrong. it was aBut real to disappointing me. think that race you’dfor see set the grid alight. Mike Aurilio and Poor error on my part. these two together would be a Will Takahashi is notoriously Samir Achrifi have given up driving for laughable idea. One that could have stingy when it comes to spending a couple of seasons now. Surely you been thought of only in the money on improving his team, so it is a can’t expect them to come back and just make things alright. Especially when there is the undercurrent of a Nothing bitter is rivalry really as t hexpected e r e i s wout ith A c of h rme i f iand and AWilliams u r i l i o . Ithis t’s a powder keg season, and just in waiting to explode all honesty we in your aren't face. where

good thing that his team don’t have much moolah to splash around. Instead,

“ R e n a u l t h a v e g ro w n comatose ever since Travy D’Souza won them that title back in season 3. Rest assured, several teams will be vary of what this unit can accomplish.”

much promise as to make you

wait

to see what can be accomplished. Aurilio is a champion of no mean calibre, Achrifi a driver that proved his

But it could be just what the doctor ordered. Aurilio and Achrifi

Ta k a h a s h i h a s always followed a

are known to be tested and reliable

very simple

them all, and after the stop-start

philosophy. Pick the best possible

performance last season the last

team you can and trust them to do

on track. The question isn’t whether

what they know

we want to be in the is so But yet, there

diabolical mind of Will Takahashi.

best. The man has a scary knack for getting the best talents of any given season together, and it seems on the face of it that he has done

performers on the biggest stage of

thing Renault need is unreliability Achrifi and Aurilio will deliver. The question is how much. Heightened expectations? Perhaps. But it is only as much as you’d expect from two of the standout performers in the RLB F1

Warren right inera. at Between Williams them they’ve scored a it again. Aurilio and Achrifi has won’tfit send

championship, several wins and shivers down anyone’s spines, but that mettle against Ferrari, at times doing a podiums, albeit in much better is only because they are driving a lot better than his fancied teammate. machinery. How much can they AndWilliams. that is the truth of agree the with Q:And Some say this might be a make or breakRenault. season for Would you that? in Takahashi they have a manager extract from this aging French matter. who will be very driven and will want

warhorse? Many before them have Warren: the time coming where nothing I think less than theis best that is we as a team need to start making improvements in all areas. We can't afford to slip any come andObviously failed to we revive Renault’s Rest several will besimilarly further behind ahead of us, and of course theassured, teams who are teams performing to us. are on the back possible from the his teams drivers. If any team fortunes. But where many have vary of what this unit can accomplish. foot as it is with a much lower team budget compared to most of the teams, but Williams know how to get the best out of what were to be giantkillers, this will be it. failed, this Renault team might After of underachievement, they've got,areand have a real spirit. But yes,years I do think it's fair to say we the need to get over the hump and start becoming Yes, they hamstrung by afighting lack of any succeed only because of the interregular scorers sooner rather SF moneypoints to back their ambition. Yes, than they later.tide might finally be turning for

will have to drive the wheels off the car.

Renault. The French are coming, and

But would you say they can’t or won’t?

you better believe it.

[10]

SF

team rivalry. How ironic.

Prediction: 6th


SF:They You’ve managed to impress your first two racesthat at Australia say that the Toro in Rosso manager leaves and the Sepang team and have definitely looked better than your solitary point might suggest. How would you assess your season thus far?

without having won a race is a cat. Or something like that. Biggs’ is a curious case. He started Although I must admit I don’t get

Warren: I think I've performed pretty well so far! Melbourne was an absolute dream debut for me, as I managed to qualify 8th and u t we l l e n o u g h w i t h M i ch a e l this whole about Sepang felines looked and toobe finish in that analogy same position. a promising weekend as well but things didn't work out for me in the race. Like I Adenekan’s Panther Racing team, he not winning races, it does leave Scott said before, nothing is really expected out of me and Williams this season, and in all honesty we aren't where we want to be in the lost his way a bit after that. Eventually Moore in a pickle. Having received an near future. The car is solid and easy to drive, but it's not one that can regularly mix it with the big guns at the front. But we'll keep sacked from the team, it seemed that he overwhelming mandate run the team going and keep trying for to points every race! would be doomed to roam in the RLB we know as Toro Rosso, he now faces up wilderness for a while before Scott to Talk the predicament havingYou to win a a flying SF: to us about of Sepang. made start and then just faded into obscurity. What happened there? Moore came along and decided to take race with this little team that is the Opposites attract, they say. That him along on an F1 adventure. It will be poor cousin of the Red Bull outfit. Warren: Yeah it was a fantastic start to the race, and I got myself up from 8th to 3rd. In practice friday the carto feltbegreat in wet wouldon certainly seem the case interesting to see how Biggs acquits conditions, and it felt good again during the race. Unsurprisingly I got bumped down to 5th place after about 6 laps due to much with Toro Rosso’s capitans. Randall himself to Formula1, having driven Of the managers that preceded faster cars, but I genuinely felt like I had a good shot at some points. However on lap 7 I outbraked myself into Turn 1 trying Ruggles has a couple of bagfuls of to primarily in the US for most of racing him, Mullan and Wickham managed to keep up with Sheasby and Karayi, and I went over a rumble strip and damaged the undertray of my car, and part of the diffuser as experience lying around while Scott career, butt driving for one of the bag victories and can therefore avoid well. The car was good to go, but the lack of fundamental downforce, especially in this weather, made absolute horror Biggs is the justcar toanwet his feet in to backmarkers as a newbie means there is being egged in public. Caamen Soukup drive. As a team we decided to stay out and use it as testing session to collect some data, but Formula it was a real disappointing for me. 1 after making the race commute no pressure on him. Perhaps this is a had no such luck and thus fled to the Poor error on my part. from across the pond to carry on boon as the pressure at Panther to get United States before he was humiliated for not winning with the Rosso. How much better then will Moore fare, having inherited the DNA of the same team that celebrated points finishes like Nothing it was aismajor reallywin andexpected wins like out they w of eme and r e championships? Williams this

results began to show on his results and it was best that Biggs left for a fresh

with his career.

challenge. And Formula 1 may be just

out for them. Given a car that is

Ruggles and Biggs’ task is cut barely even mediocre, funds that are

that.

barely enough and upgrades that just

Randall Ruggles, besides having the

barely fit the bill, they will have one

most smashing

sort of decent results, especially in a

name in the RLB, has had a long run

season that promises to be so much

in F1 and this experience will

Biggs and Ruggles are no strangers to F1, having partnered

stand in good stead

each other for a season at Panther.

for Toro Rosso as he sets about trying to keep the minnows

Eventually, both were found wanting

from going down under. Toro Rosso have a strong points scoring record for

futures up in the air. Little did they

“Moore has inherited the DNA of the same team that celebrated points like they were major wins and wins like they were championships. How will Moore fare?”

season, and in T o u s ewea all honesty theory aren't a Professor where o f mwe i n want e o n to ce be inRosso the will professed, Toro

follow the ‘Theory of Small

Wins.’

Essentially, this dictates that even the most miniscule of victories will be celebrated to create a sense of

hell of a job piloting this car to any

more competitive this time around.

and moved on from Indycars, their know that Scottybear Moore would

hasRuggles fit right inbring at Williams them together again with his a car as inept asWarren theirs, and

Toro Rosso experiment. could be vital to unlocking its potential accomplishment and togetherness, But with a car that will clearly with his knowhow. With the car known which in turn eggs the team on to struggle, be monster in the wet, Ruggles and with Q:achieve Some even say this might a makemore or breaktoseason for Williams. Would you agree that? how much can you expect more so as be to receive of these two? Even with the wet Biggs will be hoping that the rain gods commendation. Rinse and repeat.

weather, theyWe only stand so much or that getmaking a slice improvements of luck. Warren: I think the time is coming where we relent as a team needthey to start in all areas. can't afford to slipof any a chance to score points. Rosso fans Which leaves the small matter of furtherMoore’s behind the teamschoices ahead of fit us, and driver in of course the teams who are performing similarly to us. Obviously we are on the back will celebrate justthe about getting a towin, to foot as it is with a much lower team budget compared mostwhich of the we’ll teams,leave but Williams know how to get bestany outpoints of what perfectly with this dictum then. Biggs thatover come way, and thatbecoming might Moore figure out.weAfter they've got, and havethe a real fighting spirit. But yes, and I docompany think it'stofair to say need to get thetheir hump and start and Ruggles aren’t most decorated well be all that they get to shout regular points sooner SF of drivers, butscorers they are gamerather triersthan and later.all, what better for the self-proclaimed about. ‘comeback king’ than to inspire a will do everything they can to cause an

upset or two.

comeback to beat all comebacks.

[11]

SF

Prediction: 9th


is notmanaged the sizetoofimpress the dog, or the size the at fight in theand dog, but and have definitely looked better than SF:ItYou’ve in your first twoofraces Australia Sepang your How would assess far? thesolitary size ofpoint its might jaws suggest. that matter. How you much of ayour biteseason doesthus Force India pack?

Warren: I think I've performed pretty well so far! Melbourne was an absolute dream debut for me, as I managed to qualify 8th and a y h a s weekend b e e n uas n dwell o u bbut t e dthings ly The think and looked fast. to be a K finish in thatpuns samecome position. Sepang promising didn't work out for me in the race. Like I impressive in his time with Panther Farce India.nothing A spent Force.expected This Force said before, is really out of me and Williams this season, and in all honesty we aren't where we want to be in the Racing, but just how well will he adapt won’t be with you.is In short, theytoare near future. The car solid and easy drive, but it's not one that can regularly mix it with the big guns at the front. But we'll keep one of butt of jokes on the grid. going andthe keep trying for points every race! to F1, even with half a season of experience under his belt? He struggled Barring that one season from Ville to getstart any points at alljust in his short stint Valtonen seemsSepang. so long ago, SF: Talk tothat us about You Force made a flying and then faded into obscurity. What happened there? so far and the indications so far is that India have never really been While Bean and Kay are drivers it will be just as much an uphill struggle competitive looked Warren: Yeah itand was aeven fantastic start like to the race, and I got myself up from 8th to 3rd. In practice fridaybythemanagers car felt great wet rated on highly up in and for him to make an impact as ever. down With to 5th place after about 6 laps due to much moving ahead. they’ve had their the race. conditions, and itSure, felt good again during Unsurprisingly I got bumped down the grid, to expect them to resources theHowever car short moments. But Ithey’ve been solike fewI and faster cars, but genuinely felt had a good shot atscant some and points. onon lap 7 I outbraked myselfaplenty into Turn 1 trying rattle up points would be a to firepower, it will be hard for team Force far between they make Blue moons keep up with Sheasby and Karayi, andlook I went over a rumble strip and damaged the undertray of my car, and part of the diffuser as minor miracle. Think of anything India to break through and get noticed like The clockwork. well. car was good to go, but the lack of fundamental downforce, especially in this weather, made thealmost car an anything, absolute horror impossible, and I to this season. drive. As a team we decided to stay out and use it as testing session to collect some data, but assure it was aitreal disappointing me. would seem easierrace thanfor the Valter Poor error onFerreira my part.has the reins of the prospect of driving this Force India. The commitment of Ferreira, Kay team and keeps hold of Ian Kay and While you might cringe inwardly and Bean to the cause seems complete, brings in Aaron Bean to replace Ville Valtonen. Highly-rated, Aaron made waves during his stint with Newman Haas but didn’t do e n o u g Nothing h to convince is really Karan

expected out Karayi to make t h of e me and deal Williams this permanent. On

season, and the lookout forin a all honesty we replacement for

aren'tafter where Valtonen the

but commitment by itself won’t get you anywhere in the cut-throat world of F1. With competitors

“Sure, Force India have had their moments. But they’ve been so few and far between they make Blue moons look like clockwork.”

we want to Finn chose to head be inBean the fitted off to Indycars, the bill perfectly and Valter has been quick to tie Aaron down for the foreseeable future. Many say that Aaron has an impossible task ahead of him, but the newcomer is as yet unfazed and

boasting better cars, deeper pockets and drivers as good if not better, Force India might find that things get a lot worse for them before it gets a lot

better, or any better at all.

and call this harsh criticism, deep

down you know that there is more than a grain of truth to this statement. Which is not to say that Bean and Kay are not up to scratch. It is just that they have to make do with a grid of drivers better equipped than they are to deal with the challenges that lie ahead. But they knew fully well that this would be no walk in the park when they signed on the dotted line, so they definitely believe that Force India’s is not entirely a

The protagonists of this tale all

lost cause. With nothing to lose and only

have interesting subplots. Ferreira Warren has fit right inpride at Williams to play for, expect Force India wants to redeem himself after the furore that surrounded him a couple of

to put in a few performances worthy

of note, a la Valtonen at Silverstone

seasons ago. Kay wants to establish him believes he can get results with his new inthat? Season 13. To expect more than Q: Some say this might be a make or breakasseason for Williams. Would youtalent agree with a frontline driver and a top team. Time will tell just how much that would be unfair on a team that while Bean simply wants to go out and bravado fuels young Aaron’s isintrying to We break free and to make a Warren: I think the time is coming where we feels as a team need to start improvements all areas. can't afford slip any he has a point tomaking prove. In all, it confidence. name for themselves. The only team further behind the teams ahead of us, and of seems course the teams who India are performing that Force has thesimilarly to us. Obviously we are on the back remain season foot as it is with a much lower team budget compared most of to themake teams, but Williams to know howpointless to get thelast best out ofgoes what ingredientsto needed a success His teammate Kay is no stranger into this season knowing they can they've got, and have a real fighting spirit. But yes,but I do think it's fair to say wethan need to get over the hump and start becoming story fact is more compelling to his environs, this being his second break their duck, but that to expectSF a regular points scorers sooner rather than later.fiction. And the fact is that Force India with the outfit if you count the lot is to brace for disappointment. will struggle to get almost anything out abandoned season 14 as the scene of his debut.

of an unforgiving season.

[12]

SF

Prediction: 10th

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