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  • F1 Season 15 SMASHING FUN 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-for- supernerds 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 Disclaimer We d o n o t SMASHING FUN smash things n o r h ave a ny fun. But we sure MAGAZINE wish we did. 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 Doug Walker rarefied arena? Often
 mistake
 for
 his
 twin
 With many teams shuffling their pack and taking stock of affairs, you would expect brother
 Dugg,
 who
 is
 now
 a
 famous
 film
 star
 with
 Pixar,
 that those at the front would have built on their strengths, those trailing further Doug
is
a
star
in
his
own
right.
 back fortified for the winter ahead and that those dismissed as no-hopers would be After
 championing
the
human
 planning a thing or two to upset the apple cart. As always, there have been some rights
 of
the
people
of
Eastern
 surprises and some non-surprises in the build up to this season. Ride with me on my New
Bassau
and
helping
install
 train of thought as I take you to wondrous lands and tell you of what lies ahead a
 democratic
 government,
 he
 is
 now
 purposeless
 and
 has
 should you choose to follow the RLB in its 15th avatar of F1 carmageddon. SF 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 [2]
  • You’ve managed to impress in never was. Ferrari need to and pick SF:It was the title defense that your first two races at Australia nowSepang 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. Vilifed as villians of the Eduardo Liguori may have 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 pantomime piece, it’s (still) all too some of the devastating pace that saw finish in that same position. Sepang looked to 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 put on your Ferrari- 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 bashing hat and condemn the Italians lost none of the canniness that has 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 goingputting the kibosh points every race! for and keep trying for on when they did. may be a mercurial racer of rare and 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 well-documented deep affection for A long-serving member of great 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 greatas the distinction, a driver long hailed in wet Ferrari and you have a very formidable conditions, and it felt goodF1. Wickham, the race. Unsurprisingly I got bumped down to 5th place after about 6 laps long to much fly the Italians flag in again during due haired opponent in one of the two cars. next great hope, and a 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 the faceintoit, it makes for a freak. On myself of Turn 1 trying to but up with Sheasby their profession. a credit to and Karayi, and I went over a rumble strip and damaged the undertray of my car, and part of the diffuser as keep As if facing up to Liguori weren’t very unlikely pairing but this troika is well. The car was good rampant the lack of fundamental downforce, especially in this weather, unfamiliarcar an absolute horror to Dominant, almost to go, but in the enough, Ferrari have stuck with one of not made the to any follower of the 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. Ferraridisappointing race for for it was a real are looking strong me. accused by somepart. of throwing their toys the most dominant drivers of almost Poor error on my any RLB era, conjuring visions of next season and until Red Bull decide out because things weren’t quite as rosy Nogueira. Liane Solfrank is the to crash the party it seems like they as they might have expected. But that is defending champion for a very good will be key combatants for honours. just conjecture and conspiracy theory. reason, and some may say she has Many have been quick to say he is The fact is that the nucleus of this inferior machinery at off the peak of his powers, but the Ferrari team was just her disposal this sagacity of age has wisened Liguori as disappointed, if Nothing and he is an august racer with much not more,really time around but is to have “Consistency is a great may we remind left in the tank yet. Solfrank is the to expected out put the brakes thing, and Ferrari are you that this car femme fatale, the power to Liguori’s on. of me there is And and reaping the rewards of a grace and there are few combinations shares the same Williams this arguably no one sustained period where genetic code of on the grid that can match these two. season, and in more motivated there is strength and the car that It might be a case of girl interrupted all honesty we to set the record stability in the ranks.” powered Ferrari to as Solfrank ended up tied for points s t r a i g h twhere aren't t h a n a b re a k t h ro u g h at the summit of the championship we want to these guys. title. table, but just as Ferrari have had a be in the It is the greatest of teams that chance to regroup so too has its star Motivation is one part of t h e have to answer the stiffest of challenges driver. equation to success (don’t ask, it can’t and while they might have only hit a Expect these two to carry on be revealed). The more important thing is whether they still have the ability and purple patch recently, there fit right in at Williams with Liane picking Warren has is no where they left off, disputing the fact that Ferrari is one of up more wins than the doughty desire. And the answer would have to be the marquees on this RLB grid. It would Brazilian, but don’t believe for a a resounding yes. They are as Q: Some say strong as their make or break season for Williams. Would you agree with o m e n t t h a t h e i s a s l o u c h . financially this might be a immediate not be a hard sell to get anyone to buy m that? into this Ferrari team, and I do not use Historically promising to pack a rivals and they have managed to hold as a word lightly. Ferrari of improvementswallop areas. We can't afford whimper, Warren: I thinksametime isthat has stood we that team need to start makingyore has on to the very the team coming where in all yet petering out in a to slip any course the to be a bunch performing similarly to us. Ferrari have are on the back further behind thegood stead of us, and of been knownteams who are of disjointed, them in such teams ahead late. of late Obviously we found their if brilliant, stars. This is teams, but Williams dancing shoes get the best out oftheir foot as it is with a much lower team budget compared to most of themore of a team, Consistency is a great thing, and Ferrari know how to and can yet waltz what they've got, and have a real fighting spirit. But yes, I do think it's fair cohesion that to get to the title. Again. are reaping the rewards of a sustained with the parts showing a to say we need wayover the hump and start becoming regular points scorers sooner rather than later. rare and of the pedigree of period where there is strength and is SF stability throughout the outfit. But by champions. For that is what they are, Prediction: 2nd how much have they been distracted? and don’t you forget that. SF [3]
  • Will they, won’t they, will they? Bulls are known to charge when SF: You’ve managed to impress in your first two races at Australia and Sepang and have definitely looked better than they see red, but Red Bull How would on the attack often enough. your solitary point might suggest. doesn’t goyou assess your season thus far? How do you describe Red Bull? To That he has been a success at Ferrari 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 paraphrase same position. Sepang looked simply raises the question again; what finish in that something a friend of mine to be a promising weekend as well but things didn't work out for me in the race. Like I used to describe me really expected out is wrong with this current Red Bull said before, nothing isaeons ago, they are of me and Williams this season, and in all honesty we aren't where we want to be in the the kind of team that's an enigma team? 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 going and keep riddle kept in a labyrinth wrapped in a trying for points every race! with the key thrown away in the dark Fotheringham, one of (if not the) most well-rounded and substantial SF: Talk toof the middle of You made a flying start and then just faded into obscurity. What happened there? recesses us about Sepang. nowhere. candidates from those that could have Nobody can make much sense of them been chosen. Danielle Henson, well Her greatest distinction was 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 the car feltF1 debut, winning a race on her great in wet known for her spats, is actually a racer conditions, and it felt all. again during the race. Unsurprisingly I got bumped down to 5th place after about 6 laps due to much headed anywhere at good of no mean calibre once you take away although she might count outscoring 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 to Preslie Hytes and running Sarah You would have thought and went overthe sensation and damaged theshe all and spectacle keep up with Sheasby and Karayi,that Iby a rumble strip undertray iof h e rcar, and part ofsthe r e a t e r as my R a c i n g a g diffuser F s nowThe car was good to go, but the lack of fundamental downforce, especially in And weather, made the car an absolute horror to undoubtedly brings to the team. Red Bull’s trials and tribulations well. this achievements. Since then, however, would have survived all the afflictions yet the only thing on four wheels that drive. As a team we decided to stay out and use it as testing session to collect some data, but despiteacoming close on a number of it was real disappointing race for me. thaterror onwithpart. sport, that they come my the sees more ups and downs is a roller Poor coaster. Which is not that different from instances, Danielle Henson has never would have been somehow Red Bull, but we digress. really managed to surmount a strengthened by it all. That through the credible title challenge, bringing gloom and doom prophecies they would In part, the problems with Red many doubters to question whether have found some sort of hope and Bull can be put down to she still deserves a place at a top humor. You would be infighting which team. This will be a gilt-edged right and wrong, Nothing “Things have just always chance for her to silence her critics all at once. With a has been a large is really seemed so muddled with contributor to the and carry on where she left off last technical package expected out Red Bull, and sorting it all inconsistent season in fine form. the of me of most envy and out would involve a Never much of a dasher, James t Williams this d eams, an nature of their superhuman effort. And yet, performances. Fotheringham has always won season, and in beyond the very there is a belief that Red You’d find more admirers for his commitment in vividhonesty we all and lifelike Bull could yet walk the steadiness if you good times and bad. And last season d a aren'tawhere f ydre ms o straight and narrow.” were playing definitely counts as a rough patch for most wethem, you of want to Russian Roullete. t h e B r i t o n a s h e wa s n ’t j u s t would not be inwrong to be the Minus the guns, of course. How else outscored, but obliterated by his hope, almost against hope, that would you explain only one driver teammate. He’ll want to set the the Milton Keynes based team would (wo)manfully carrying the burden in record straight and show his worth, rise to the occasion. any given year. Warren has fit right in at Williams hurrah. maybe as one final But Red Bull is never about Determined they may be, but it simplicity. Things have just always Over the years, several teams have may not be enough to see them sail seemed so muddled with them, and Q: Some it all outmight be a make near stood proud at the top of the pile and across the finish line. They will have sorting say this would involve a or break season for Williams. Would you agree with that? for long Red Bull have threatened to to raise their performance way above superhuman effort. And yet, there is a Warren: I think the time is coming where we join the few at the start making improvementsthe all areas. Wenot just individually, belief that Red Bull could yet walk the as a team need to pinnacle. But all they in usual and can't afford to slip any course the teams who are performing similarly to us. team. Can we are on the back further behindnarrow. For hopeof us, and of have remained are threats, empty and straight and the teams ahead springs but as a Obviously they do it? It’s a foot as it isThings much lower team budget compared to most of the teams, but Williams long shot, butget the best out of what eternal. with a were supposed to unfulfilled. Like Linux lovers, this too is know how to they’re capable of it. they've got, the better a realthe arrival of But yes, be the yearit's Red Bull. But with to get a the hump of translating change for and have with fighting spirit. said to I do think of fair to say we need It’sover question and start becoming every season that ebbs and flows you regular points scorers sooner rather than later. potential into performance. Liguori, a champion not that long ago. SF 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? SF Prediction: 3rd [4]
  • You’ve managed to impress in the next, Brawn are fantastic Sepang SF:Brilliant one moment, banalyour first two races at Australia and when and have definitely looked better than 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 showcase its best position. Sepang looked comfortable with their machinery finish in that same and its worst all in the to 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. said before,single race. really expected out of me and Williams this season, and in all honesty we aren't where we want to be in the span of a nothing is Lesser teams take 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 portfolio, but Brawn has always been Smarting from a defeat the going and keep trying for points every race! quicker than the rest in these and previous season, this was a team determined to rebound in some style SF: Talkalmostabout Sepang. You made a flying start and then just faded into obscurity. What happened there? indeed to us any other matter. and they could well do it this season. With a manager and two drivers that Michael Adenekan has always 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 on friday the caras seen inin wet shown a savoir faire, felt great his from pole. But it was by no more than a are the pick of the field, if not the very conditions, and it felt good again during the race. Unsurprisingly I got bumped down to 5th place after about 6 laps duerisemuch to of best, you would imagine that Brawn has handling and the meteoric 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 it would seem to Panther Racing into Turn 1 trying broke on hisSheasby and Karayi, and I went over a rumbleneeds and damaged the undertray of my car, and part of the diffuser as car, almost costing Karayi everything it to romp to the title. keep up with strip on the face of it that he has pulled the The car was good to go, but the lack of fundamental downforce, especially in and weather, made the car an absolute horror to But nothing is as simple as it seems, win. His teammate Donald snared well. this off yet another mini coup. In signing third, but he too suffered KERS issues Brawn will have a very hard task on drive. As a team we decided to stay out and use it as testing session to collect some data, but Donald real disappointing race for me. it was a and Karayi in his first full and error on my part. had to settle for third. their hands with a feisty Ferrari outfit Poor looking to defend their title from season in charge, he has aligned two season 13. Add some Red Bull and drivers of very disparate style. And Peruse that. Two mechanical McLaren to that mix, and you have a the results were there for all too see. issues for both race cars in the same nice little battle on the menu. T h e t w o n e w b oy s r a r e l y race and yet, they finish first and third. performed well together, but one or I dare you to name Always a strong the other of them was always in me a team that Nothing contention for a win or loads of could is really have done “Brawn started out last team in their season as favorites for short existence, points, fully vindicating Adenekan’s likewise. Brawn expected out many, but they showed a none would decision to select them. With started out last of me and baffling fluctuation of discount the Ferrari’s challenge strong as ever, it s Williams this s eason a performance you c h a n c e s will have to be seen if Brawn can last fseason, and fin r avorites o wouldn’t associate with Adenekan’s wards the distance of a full season. all honesty we many, but they the wizards in white.” have in the season There was criticism from several showed a where aren't baffling ahead. Admittedly, quarters that Brawn were a bit off f l u c twe t i o n to f u a want o Donald and Karayi their game last season and that their performancebe in the you wouldn’t have some ways to go yet before they performance was a bit unpredictable associate with the wizards in can equal the heroics of Aurilio and but despite that they were still at the white. Adenekan himself, but the portents are front, the team everyone wanted to But despite the yoyo-ing and good. Bar that oneWarren has hadright in at Williams season Donald fit at beat. As Ferrari, Red Bull and Red Bull, he has always been a steady McLaren look to step on to the hemming and hawing, Adenekan’s men and consistent performer at this level pedal, Brawn will have to raise their still did enough to finish at the top of Q: Some say(albeit joint) be a were at the and the mercurial and self-destructive game to be better than ever. Can they the drivers this might and make or break season for Williams. Would you agree with that? Karayi showed he had lost none of the do it? forefront in the constructors as well. Logically, the answer is yes. The Warren: I think the time is coming where we pace team need to start making improvements in all areas. We can't afford to slip any as a and erraticism that marked him The crippling combination of some course the teams who are performing similarly to us. Obviously machinery, the further behind and teams ahead of us, and of out in Indycars. While things seem to be dodgy luck the baffling mechanical personnel, the we are on the back foot as it is with a much lower team budget compared to most of the teams, but Williams financial muscle, the bestthere. But unreliability might have felled almost going well for Brawn on and off-track, know how to get it’s all out of what what is missing is success. And that a n y o got, and . B a real h o w e spirit. historical performance isn’t always an they've n e e l s ehavera w n , fighting v e r But yes, I do think it's fair to say we need to get over the hump and start becoming regular points scorers sooner rather more later.indicator of future performance. The can’t be bought by anyone. persevered and what was all the than SF 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? SF Prediction: 1st [5]
  • SF:Enjoying a revivalimpress in your first twoMcLaren were and Sepang and have definitely looked better than You’ve managed to under Tom Mullan, races at Australia surprise your solitary point might suggest. How would you assess your season thus far? title contenders last season. Can they do the trick again? If you had told someone at the Sheasby has been at the time since 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 onset of last season that McLaren would before the Dinosaurs became extinct, finish in that same position. Sepang 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 said a very real championshipexpected out of me and Williams this season, and in all honesty we aren't where we want to be in the be before, nothing is really contenders in season 14, you would have either got amount of experience that he can put to 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 very good odds on for points every race! good use. Serru, often underrated and going and keep trying that or have been run out of town as plain barking mad. undervalued, is a quiet performer who 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 Ninja. Re-signing these two was a no- It wasn’t the slightest bit enjoying 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 stuck surprising to see that felt great in wet brainer, and Mullan and myriad conditions,past as felt good again during the race. Unsurprisingly I got bumped down to 5th place after aboutlineup due to much from the and it some might take it to 6 laps for next McLaren fans hope it is a prelude to with the same 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 Turn 1 trying to season. Having done surprisingly success this season. keep up with best of the rest material,Iat McLaren as Sheasby and Karayi, and went over a rumble strip and damaged the undertray of my car, and part of the diffuser as well, maybe even punching above well. The car was good to go,always went of fundamental downforce, especially in this weather, made thethe bar absolute horror to best, the team members but the lack However, the Woking based team their weight, car an has been raised 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 a nwase xrealcdisappointing v e bfor me. it d a p e t a t i o n s h a race e e n almost rarelymy part. most of the grid. found on face a far tougher task this season as Poor error on Red Bull seem determined to put years heightened for the Silver Arrows. Simon Sheasby’s battling qualities and of ineptitude and Ferrari and Brawn will You can rest assured that skill was on display as he took the fight be as always a tough obstacle to McLaren (and Sheasby in particular) to the frontrunners, even winning races surmount. With 17 races over the will throw everything but the kitchen along the way. Dieter Serru was never as course of a season, it sink at his opponents from the get quick as his could well be that go while Serru will be more teammateNothing but he “Apparently, the idea of McLaren fall back restrained, just looking to finish a l m o sis reallyy s t alwa McLaren enjoying into the clutches races and pick up the pieces as the backed himout expected up success is not a blast of some of their others fall by the wayside. But there perfectly when it of me and from the past. McLaren rivals as the is no denying that the car does have c Williams this e ame to th was most definitely one season progresses. its frailties, and there is a feeling that season, and in crunch, and that of the big success The onus is on McLaren’s (over?)achievements last is just one of we all honesty the stories of season 14.” Sheasby and Serru season simply papered over some of aren't where positives McLaren to keep the tempo the cracks. can take want this we into to up all season long. As seen last season though, upcoming season. the be in McLaren would really fancy For all the positives he brings to themselves to set the cat among the Surprise winners at Malaysia, the table, Sheasby has never sealed the pigeons. Maybe at some level they McLaren never looked back from that point on and have shown genuine pace deal when it matters most, has fit the Warren deliver right in at Williams odds on to beat know they aren’t killer blow, or any other cliche you want some of their more fancied in winter testing as well, perhaps to use. His prowess is not in question, it opponents, but that won’t stop them suggesting a return to hallowed days from getting in their faces and trying when they this might the make or break season for to finish off what he starts. with that? Q: Some sayroutinely setbe a benchmark is his ability Williams. Would you agree Will McLaren see the best of Sheasby? to ruffle a few feathers. Valorous they for other teams to follow. A lot of the Warren: I think the timethecoming where we That team need to start making improvementsmay be, but purecan't afford to might credit for this lies at is doorstep of as a remains to be seen, but Simon in all areas. We bluster alone slip any further behind the teamsunder who the of should still have enough to performing similarly to us.them across the finish line. manager Tom Mullan, ahead of us, and course the teams who are lead the line not see Obviously we are on the back foot as it is with a revitalised and have and shine for them. the teams, but Williams They need to display quality over the team has been much lower team budget compared to most of Serru will be solid, know how to get the best out of what they'vefar better have a realhave in quite But yes, I do think it's fair to say we need to get over the season, and that will be done got, and than they fighting spirit. but unspectacular and he is becoming, course of thehump and start becoming regular points scorers sooner rather than later. this writers opinion, the Makelele of in their acid test. some time. Season 14 was an eye- SF 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? SF Prediction: 4th [6]
  • SF:Surprisingly listless at times, surprisingly underrated at others. and have definitely looked better than You’ve managed to impress in your first two races at Australia and Sepang Toyota must make their swan song one to remember. your solitary point might suggest. How would you assess your season thus far? In some ways, the end has been But to do that Miles will have 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 nigh, that the position. been looked fare a lot better than he did in season finish inand same end has Sepang anti- to be a promising weekend as well but things didn't work out for me in the race. Like I climatic. nothing is really expected out 14. He might have secured a podium at said before,There wasn’t much fanfare of me and Williams this season, and in all honesty we aren't where we want to be in the around the announcement when Sam Bahrain, but that was one of only two 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 going and keep that Toyota as weevery race! Johnston said trying for points know it will no longer participate in the RLB FIA to do a whole lot better if Toyota are to challenge for any sort of honors this SF: Talk to us about With their future a flying start and then just faded into obscurity. What happened there? F1 championship. Sepang. You made season. KR Raj on the other hand is one murky, Toyota could be forgiven for of the most doughty customers in the For a team that has always 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 the car feltGDP of wet invested more than the great in a RLB. I’d go about drawing an analogy conditions, and itthe Japanese team, as the race. Unsurprisingly I got bumped down to 5th place of small nations in their car, of things. But felt good again during after about 6 laps due to much between KR and a cockroach, but it couple 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 myself into Turn 1 trying to Toyota haven’t really had a lot of grid as manager Sam Johnston and I went over a rumbleopen to misinterpretation would be so keep up with Sheasby and Karayi,himself, strip and damaged the undertray of my car, and part of the diffuser as that I’d best not. return for their money. Little wonder well. Theremarkably to go, but despite of fundamental downforce, especially in this weather, made the car an absolutein their to seem car was good upbeat the lack then that the Japanese stiffs horror 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 oohed disappointing race for me. it was a real and aahed, but not for I will, however, say that KR has Poor error on my part. had a torrid time in Indycars, lumbered too long before deciding to pull the Having had mixed fortunes the with one hunk of junk after another and plug on this pet project of the season before. Toyota made one change it seemed to be that he was waiting and Japanese carmaker. to the team that commandeered their waiting for an opportunity that was just Where Toyota, or the remnants cars back then. Ash Eyre received the not coming along. And of the Toyota team, goes from is golden handshake after he announced anybody’s guess. But what it means a n d mNothing ade a “The Japanese team, as his imminent for the key protagonists of this team dignified really is exit. His much a permanent departure from is that they have to dress to impress r eexpectedeout , placem nt fixture on the F1 grid as Indycars, some any potential suitors. And that would surprisingly for of me and manager Sam Johnston might felt that the mean pulling up their socks after a some, was this Williams Indian himself, seem remarkably talented Indian’s lacklustre couple of seasons gone by. season, and in KR Raj, long time upbeat despite nearing time in the RLB Miles and Eyre showed flashes of all honesty we tester for Toyota. the end of the line.” might have drawn their ability, but it was always too aren't where Having done a to an end, but it short-lived to enjoy for boss Sam short stintwant the we with to was not to be. In the Johnston. Heads had to roll, and not team some timein the these be back, words of Abba, KR silently serenaded in the manner of a ritualistic sacrifice F1 machines will be no team bosses with his rendition of “Take either. stranger to KR as he looks to bed into F1 a chance on me” and Sam Johnston Miles will have to string together quickly and push on with the small Warren has fit right in at Williams if he has to show responded with the offer of a drive. The more of his best matter of scoring big points. rest is history. the way for the red and whites. Two point scoring finishes in 7 races is This may be the beginning of the Martin Miles stays on and will not the stuff you expect from your look to fly this might Toyota as or break season for Williams. Would also agree with that? Q: Some say the flag for be a make their end for Toyota, but it is you the beginning of hope for them. The hope lead driver. KR Raj will be the one to most experienced driver. The Briton Warren:set the the time isfire with his we that team put aside the making improvementswatch areas. We can't afford to slip any hasn’t I think grid on coming where as a they need to start disappointment in all though, not just because of his course gone by who are performing similarly to us. inexperience, are on the back further behind the teams ahead of us, and of of yearsthe teams and finally fire on all performances but there is ample scope relative Obviously we but because to as is with a much lower team budget compared to most ofKR can certainlyWilliams this is how big, big chance.out of the foot set itthat record straight as Toyota cylinders. Miles and the teams, but do know his to get the best And what the business for their Japanese Indian is hungry to prove a point, they've the final have a real fighting spirit. But yes, I do think it's fair to say we need to get over the hump and start becoming enter got, and stretch. Miles has the regular points scorers sooner rather than later.overlords, but will need to come to which could prove crucial in the end added incentive of impressing his SF potential future employers by bringing grips with the challenge at hand early, home the bacon for Toyota. before its too late. SF Prediction: 5th [7]
  • You’ve managed to impress BMW Sauber are warning of a Sepang SF:Somewhere, a giant stirs. in your first two races at Australia andreturn and have definitely looked better than 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 woods, would anyone hear the well last season, you’d expect BMW to finish in that same position. Sepang looked to be a promising weekend as well but things didn't work out for me in the race. Like I commotion? More to the expected out probably enjoy a similar modicum of said before, nothing is reallypoint, would of me and Williams this season, and in all honesty we aren't where we want to be in the anyone care? success this time around but it may not 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! People certainly took note when beleaguered greats. Their direct rivals, such as Renault, Williams and, dare we SF: Talkfell us about Sepang. You made a flying start and then just faded into obscurity. What happened there? BMW to from grace. The German say it, Toro Rosso, have fortified their manufacturer, renowned for their positions over the course of last season With Sam Gordon deciding that 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 onenoughthe F1, felt great inof he had friday of car the mantle wet ways (they are, in fact, one of the and will be more than capable of conditions, and it felt good again during the race. Unsurprisingly I got bumped down to 5th place after falls upon Colin Nixon. about 6 laps due to much launching an assault for mid-table team leader 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 myself into Turn 1 be, but to Aged and a veteran he may trying suddenly struggled to find the form Iof supremacy this season. keep up with Sheasby and Karayi, and 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 well. The car was good to go, but of glory, of fundamental downforce, especially in this weather, made theThe an absolute horror to yore. A far cry from the days the lack BMW were in superb form last the wheel. car Aussie can still 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 real visions of his race for me. it was a up disappointing best and virtue of the my part. they were thrilled fact that season, coming out of the blocks really Poor error on fast and not letting up in the intensity will undoubtedly grab headlines to finish second at Melbourne last of their driving. Sam Gordon was a with a spectacular drive or two. the season. Admittedly, it was Sam Gordon’s major reason for their excelling, but problem is that that might not be home race and that added to the with him choosing to depart for the US enough for BMW who will have to adrenaline flowing through the veins, of A, Nixon will have to have to be at their very best if they but still, it is no fill the void left by are to see off the challenges of their substituteNothing for the ‘Junior’. Anthony rivals. Nixon will have to take the f a c t tis a t t h e y h really “The spirit is admirable Morgan has been battle to the opposite camp and would have been expected out and willing, but the called up from while there is no doubting his disappointed with of me and machinery is not up to capability of doing so, there are Renault to do duty Williams this second until only scratch. Is it a case of for Elattar and he lingering questions about the quality season, and in some years back. Auf Wiedersehen to the will have the of his chariot of doom. all honesty we glory days?” unenviable task of Anthony Morgan was one of the aren't always, As where keeping Renault, two Kiwi drivers at Renault last h o w ewe r, B M W v e want to Toyota and everyone season and they both suffered a be in the retains the capacity to lure bar the top 4 behind him. rough time with the French team. top drivers to its fold. Nixon Little surprise then that the Kiwi brings with him bags of experience that For all their heroics, BMW might chose to migrate as soon as possible is absolutely priceless and his know- how will be vital for BMW to get the find the challengeWarren has season they face this fit right in at found shelter with the German and Williams near insurmountable. With a car that is g i a n t s. L i k e h i s c o u n t r y m a n most out of their technical package. A the knife in a gunfight and drivers that Andrews, Morgan was too erratic and canny customer as always, Nixon will Q: Some say this might be of make or break season for Williams. Would but agree with that? make much of an impact in definitely spring a couple a big results are very willing workers you not failed to spectacular, you might find that while the shortened season that went by. for BMW at some point or the other. as team need to their way it improvementsHe all areas. We can't afford to slip any Warren: I think the time is coming where we theaodd results go start makingwould be Pairing up with him from across the in can certainly improve on his further behind the teams hope Anthony of too much to ask them are finish in the showing last time around, but it Tasman is perennial ahead of us, and course the teams who to performing similarly to us. Obviously we are on the back top half to most of the teams, but Williams could how to get the best out of what foot as it is with a face of it, itteam budget comparedof the constructors this time Morgan. On the much lower is not a know be that he has jumped from they've got, and have a real fighting spirit. But yes, I do think it's is admirable and to get frying pan straight into becoming spectacular combination chosen by Mo around. The spirit fair to say we need the over the hump and start the fire, willing, but the machinery is not up to regular points scorers sooner rather than later. for BMW is no less troubled than Elattar, but it could well prove an SF scratch. Is it a case of Auf Wiedersehen Renault. effective one that grinds out the results as needed. to the glory days? SF Prediction: 7th [8]
  • SF:Graft over craft, more back-breaking than groundbreaking. And and have definitely looked better than You’ve managed to impress in your first two races at Australia and Sepang yet, Williams keeps on fighting the you assess your season thus far? your solitary point might suggest. How would good fight. Was it really that long ago that Struggling to scrape a few points 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 Williams was one position. Sepang looked last season, one of the most notable finish in that same of the giants of the F1 to be a promising weekend as well but things didn't work out for me in the race. Like I world, graced as they were by some out drives last season for them was when said before, nothing is really expected big of me and Williams this season, and in all honesty we aren't where we want to be in the names? How did this little big team lose Maser defended his position like a 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 their way? And can they return to a cornered Tiger at Barcelona and just going and keep trying for points every race! semblance of pre-eminence? refused to let Karayi past him for all of 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 The car showed signs of being When Ben Warren was signed 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, the vast felt greatwent by Josh friday the car majority in wet promising last season, but with the conditions, and it forced to again during the race. Unsurprisingly I got bumped down to 5th place The spirited laps due Briton have thus been felt good work within after about 6 young to much limited facilties at Williams’ disposal, ‘who?’ 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 myself into Turn 1 trying to responded by scoring points in an car development will certainly not be keep up with Even as some of theand I went over a rumble strip and damaged the undertray of my car, and a car of the diffuser as limitations. Sheasby and Karayi, teams part at Melbourne. one of their strengths. absolute dog of around them are more flush with funds of fundamental downforce, especially in this weather, made the car an absolute horror to well. The car was good to go, but the lack And that wasn’t the last of him 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. aHe was consistently infor me. it was real disappointing race the some of the my part. aerodynamic work they’ve Courageous though they are, they Poor error on will need to up the ante and aim for reckoning for points and proved to done to improve the car will be enough. more than just a few points this season. be a somewhat inspired signing for They don’t have much to invest in the As Renault, BMW and Toro Rosso Williams. He might not be a world team as the season progresses and they prepare for an assault to move up the beater, but Warren knows his will have to just hope that the engineers p e ck i n g o rd e r, limitations and has shown a great have earned their pay Williams’ drivers deal of intelligence in playing to his cheques with some Nothing strengths instead. There is no clear sterling work over must be is really “Always battlers last a g g re s s i ve a n d team leader at Williams, but if I had the winter. out expected season, Williams will look to outthink to wager a bet, I’d say Ben is it. of me and turn to Ben Warren and their opponents Scott Maser is another feisty Williams this s A l w a y Scott Maser to once b e c a u s e character in that Williams team. They b a t t l e r and a s t season, s l in again drive the car outdriving them are an all-British team and they all honesty we season, Williams beyond its limits” will be very typify the British Bulldog perfectly. will turn where aren't to Ben difficult at this Maser’s drive at Barcelona belied his we want to Warren and Scott point in time. In the age and showed lot of acumen in a Maser to once in the drive be again future, probably. Not right now. car that is, quite frankly, lacking in the car beyond its limits and hope almost any real quality. However, it all just holds together. Team manager Consistently good off track, winter testing is proving very Josh Wood has applied himself to the Warren has fit right in at WilliamsWilliams and they Williams now need to try and set the promising for task at hand in laudable fashion and is a Cat among the Pigeons. There is so little c o u l d ye t t u r n i n a s u r p r i s e large part of the reason that Williams to choose between those lower down performance or two. will hope to have a chance in the season On paper, it’s not much to look to come. Warren and be a make or break season for Williams.advantage might with that? Q: Some say this might Maser’s work is the F1 ladder that the Would you agree lie in doing something that takes the at. But underestimate Williams at cut out for them, and in this current Warren: I car they have a machinewhere we others, and maybestart making improvementsyour own risk. can't afford to slipbe Williams think the time is coming that as a team need to even the big guns, by in all areas. We They might not any further behind the give up on them but of surprise. Never given muchperforming similarly to us. Obviously we are onget the will occasionally teams ahead of us, and course the teams who are of a chance, much this season, but you the back Williams as a team teams, but Williams sense that this get the is a buildupwhat will also from a much lower team budget compared to most of thehave certainly foot as it is withtime to time land them know how to season best out of to seasons ahead. It could all change for they've got, and have positions. The two But yes, a do think it's and to sayto buck to get over the hump and start becoming into points scoring a real fighting spirit. shown I lot of fight fair tried we need the odds. Warren and Maser are regular points scorers sooner rather than later. Williams, beginning right here. youngsters will have to acquit SF themselves to the task at hand very underrated, but so is Williams. Could early. they be the surprise of the season? SF Prediction: 8th [9]
  • SF:An all new team, impressnew look, an all new...rivalry? Renault and have definitely looked better than You’ve managed to an all in your first two races at Australia and Sepang your solitary point might suggest. How would you assess your season thus far? are promising a lot this season. Can the Frenchadians deliver? At the outset, I have to admit it. Renault have progressively grown 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 more comatose ever since Travy finish in that team position. Sepang looked to be a promising weekend as well but things didn't work out for me in the race. Like I This is the same I was waiting to talk about. Renault have really expected out D’Souza won them that title way back in said before, nothing is seen more change of me and Williams this season, and in all honesty we aren't where we want to be in the recently than a vending machine, and it season 3 and they’ve never come even 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 is most certainly change for the better. remotely close to replicating that sort going and keep trying for points every race! Mind you, this is no slight on the of form every again. It would be premature (and hugely incorrect) to SF: Talk topersonnel Sepang. You made a flying start and then just faded into obscurity. What happened there? outgoing us about that worked hard assume that all of that can be set right for the team. It’s just that there just just like that. But Renault have two If you believed that Samir 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 walkedcar feltthe sunset Achrifi friday the into great in wet the potential they undoubtedly during the race. Unsurprisingly I gotnow thatdown to 5th place after about 6 laps due to much drivers in their ranks are, conditions, and it felt good againhad. bumped potentially amongst the cream of the and was done for as a driver, you’d 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 to be mistaken. If you thought Mike You might argue that it is a similar field in any respect you can imagine. keep up with Sheasby and Karayi, and I went over a rumble strip and damaged the undertray of myhad and part of the diffuser as car, driven his last race in Eventually, Renault can be revived by Aurilio caseThe car Will good to go, but the lack of fundamental downforce, especially in this weather, made the car an absolute horror to here. was Takahashi hasn’t won well. Formula 1, you couldn’t be more something since that season where Edu this team. It is only a matter of time. drive. As a team we decided to stay out and use it as testing session to collect some data, but wrong.aBut to think that race for me. it was real disappointing you’d see set errorgridmy part. Mike Aurilio and the on alight. Poor Will Takahashi is notoriously these two together would be a Samir Achrifi have given up driving for stingy when it comes to spending laughable idea. One that could have a couple of seasons now. Surely you money on improving his team, so it is a been thought of only in the can’t expect them to come back and just good thing that his team don’t have diabolical mind of Will Takahashi. make things alright. Especially when much moolah to splash But it could be just what the there is the around. Instead, doctor ordered. Aurilio and Achrifi undercurrent of a Nothing are known to be tested and reliable bitter is really as rivalry “ R e n a u l t h a v e g ro w n Ta k a h a s h i h a s comatose ever since Travy always followed a performers on the biggest stage of t hexpectedw i t h e r e i s out very simple them all, and after the stop-start A c of r i f iand n d h me a D’Souza won them that title back in season 3. philosophy. Pick performance last season the last AWilliams Ithis a urilio. t’s Rest assured, several the best possible thing Renault need is unreliability season, and in powder keg just teams will be vary of what team you can and on track. The question isn’t whether all honesty we waiting to explode this unit can accomplish.” trust them to do Achrifi and Aurilio will deliver. The aren't where in your face. what they know question is how much. we want to best. The man has a Heightened expectations? But yet, in the is so be there scary knack for getting the best talents Perhaps. But it is only as much as much promise as to make you wait of any given season together, and it you’d expect from two of the to see what can be accomplished. seems on the face of it that he has done standout performers in the RLB F1 Aurilio is a champion of no mean calibre, Achrifi a driver that proved his it again. Aurilio and Achrifi has fit right in at Between them they’ve scored a Warren won’t send era. Williams shivers down anyone’s spines, but that championship, several wins and mettle against Ferrari, at times doing a is only because they are driving a podiums, albeit in much better lot better than his fancied teammate. machinery. How much can they Q: Some Takahashi they have make or break season for Williams.the truth of agree with that? Renault. And that is Would you the And in say this might be a a manager matter. extract from this aging French who will be very driven and will want Warren: I think thantime is best that is we as a team need to start making improvementswarhorse? Manycan't afford to slip any nothing less the the coming where in all areas. We before them have further behind the teams ahead of us, and of course the teams who are teams will be come and failed to revive Renault’s Rest assured, several performing similarly to us. Obviously we are on the back possible from his drivers. If any team vary of what this of the teams, but Williams fortunes. Butget the best out of what were it be giantkillers, this team budget compared to most unit can accomplish. foot as to is with a much lowerwill be it. know how to where many have they've got, and have a real a lack of any But yes,years think it's fair to say we the to get over the Renault team might Yes, they are hamstrung by fighting spirit. After I do of underachievement, need failed, this hump and start becoming tide might finally be turning for regular points scorers ambition. Yes, than later. succeed only because of the inter- money to back their sooner rather they SF Renault. The French are coming, and team rivalry. How ironic. will have to drive the wheels off the car. But would you say they can’t or won’t? you better believe it. SF Prediction: 6th [10]
  • You’ve managed to Toro Rosso manager at Australia the team SF:They say that the impress in your first two racesthat leaves and Sepang 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. Although I must admit I don’t get Biggs’ is a curious case. He started 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 o u t we l l e n o u g h w i t h M i ch a e l finish whole analogy about Sepang looked to be a promising weekend as well but things didn't work out for me in the race. Like I this in that same position. felines and Adenekan’s Panther Racing team, he said before, nothing isitreally expected out of me and Williams this season, and in all honesty we aren't where we want to be in the not winning races, does leave Scott Moore in a pickle. Having received an lost his way a bit after that. Eventually 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 overwhelming mandate points every race! sacked from the team, it seemed that he going and keep trying for to run the team we know as Toro Rosso, he now faces up would be doomed to roam in the RLB wilderness for a while before Scott SF: Talkpredicament of having to win a a flying start and then just faded into obscurity. What happened there? to the to us about Sepang. You made Moore came along and decided to take race with this little team that is the him along on an F1 adventure. It will be Opposites attract, they say. That 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 on friday the carto be the case would certainly seem felt great in wet 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 capitans. Randall 6 laps due to much himself to Formula1, having driven with Toro Rosso’s 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 to Ruggles has a couple of bagfuls of primarily in the US for most of racing keep up with Sheasby and Karayi, and Ito him, Mullan and Wickham managed went over a rumble strip and damaged the undertray of my car, and part of the diffuser as career, butt driving for one of the experience lying around while Scott well. The car was good to therefore avoid of fundamental downforce, especially in this weather, made the car an absolute feet in to bag victories and can go, but the lack backmarkers as a newbie means there is Biggs is just to wet his horror 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 real disappointing race for me. it was a 1 after making the commute had error on my part. thus fled to the no such luck and no pressure on him. Perhaps this is a Poor boon as the pressure at Panther to get from across the pond to carry on United States before he was humiliated results began to show on his results and with his career. for not winning with the Rosso. How it was best that Biggs left for a fresh Ruggles and Biggs’ task is cut much better then will Moore fare, challenge. And Formula 1 may be just out for them. Given a car that is having inherited the DNA of the same that. barely even mediocre, funds that are team that celebrated barely enough and upgrades that just points finishes like Nothing barely fit the bill, they will have one it was a major win “Moore has inherited the Randall Ruggles, is really DNA of the same team besides having the hell of a job piloting this car to any and wins like out expected they that celebrated points most smashing sort of decent results, especially in a w of e and e me r like they were major wins name in the RLB, season that promises to be so much Williams this championships? and wins like they were has had a long run more competitive this time around. season, and in championships. How will in F1 and this Biggs and Ruggles are no all honesty e a T o u s we aren't where theory a Professor Moore fare?” experience will strangers to F1, having partnered stand in good stead each other for a season at Panther. o f mwe want toe ine onc for Toro Rosso as he Eventually, both were found wanting professed, Toroin the will be Rosso sets about trying to keep the minnows and moved on from Indycars, their follow the ‘Theory of Small Wins.’ from going down under. Toro Rosso futures up in the air. Little did they Essentially, this dictates that even the have a strong points scoring record for know that Scottybear Moore would most miniscule of victories will be celebrated to create a sense of a car as inept asWarrenand Ruggles theirs, has fit right in at Williams bring them together again with his could be vital to unlocking its potential Toro Rosso experiment. accomplishment and togetherness, with his knowhow. With the car known But with a car that will clearly which in turn eggs the team on to struggle, how much can you expect achieve say this might to a make or break season for Williams.wet, Ruggles agree with that? Q: Some even more so as be receive more to be monster in the Would you and Biggs will be hoping that the rain gods of these two? Even with the wet commendation. Rinse and repeat. Warren: I think the time is coming where we relent or that they getmaking improvementsweather, theyWe can't afford much of as a team need to start a slice of luck. in all areas. only stand so to slip any further behind the teamschoicesof fit and of Which the teams who are performing similarlychance Obviously we areRosso fans Moore’s driver ahead us, in course leaves the small matter of a to us. to score points. on the back perfectly with a much lower team budget compared to most of the we’ll leave Williams will celebrate get the bestany points foot as it iswith this dictum then. Biggs getting a win, which teams, but to know how to just about out of what that come their way, and that might they've got, and have a real fighting spirit. But yes, and company to figure out. After to get over the hump and start becoming Moore I do think it's fair to say we need and Ruggles aren’t the most decorated regular points scorersare game triersthan later. what better for the self-proclaimed all, well be all that they get to shout of drivers, but they sooner rather and SF ‘comeback king’ than to inspire a about. will do everything they can to cause an upset or two. comeback to beat all comebacks. SF Prediction: 9th [11]
  • SF:It is notmanaged to impress in your first two races at Australia and Sepang and have definitely looked better than You’ve the size of the dog, or the size of the fight in the dog, but the size point jaws that matter. How much of your season Force your solitaryof its might suggest. How would you assess a bite doesthus far? 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 T that same position. Sepang fast. finish in he puns come think and looked to be a K a y h a s weekenduas d o u b t e d l y promising b e e n n well but things didn't work out for me in the race. Like I Farce India. A spent Force. This Force impressive in his time with Panther 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 Racing, but just how well will he adapt near future.with car is In short, easy to drive, but it's not one that can regularly mix it with the big guns at the front. But we'll keep won’t be The you. solid and they are one and keep trying for points every race! to F1, even with half a season of going of the butt of jokes on the grid. Barring that one season from Ville experience under his belt? He struggled SF: Talk tothatabout Sepang. ago, Force a flying startpoints at all in his short stint Valtonen us seems so long You made to get any and then just faded into obscurity. What happened there? India have never really been so far and the indications so far is that While Bean and Kay are drivers competitive and even looked to the it will be just as much an uphill struggle Warren: Yeah it was a fantastic start like race, and I got myself up from 8th to 3rd. In practice on friday the car felt great in wet rated highly by managers up and conditions, and itSure,good again during the race. Unsurprisinglyimpactbumped down to 5th placethe grid, to 6expect themmuch moving ahead. felt they’ve had their for him to make an I got as ever. With after about laps due to to down resourcesatscant and theHowever onon 7 I outbraked myself into Turn 1 trying to car short lap faster cars, but Ithey’ve been solike I and a good shot some points. moments. But genuinely felt few had rattle up points aplenty would be a firepower, it will be hard for team Force keepbetween Sheasby and Karayi, and I went over a rumble strip and damaged the undertray of mymiracle. Think of anything as far up with they make Blue moons look car, and part of the diffuser minor like clockwork. India to break through especially in this weather, made the car an absolute horror to and get noticed well. The car was good to go, but the lack of fundamental downforce, impossible, almost anything, and I this season. drive. As a team we decided to stay out and use it as testing session to collect some data, but assure a real disappointing race for me. it was it would seem easier than the Poor error onFerreira has the reins of the Valter my part. prospect of driving this Force India. team and keeps hold of Ian Kay and The commitment of Ferreira, Kay While you might cringe inwardly brings in Aaron Bean to replace Ville and Bean to the cause seems complete, and call this harsh criticism, deep Valtonen. Highly-rated, Aaron made but commitment by itself won’t get you down you know that there is more anywhere in the cut-throat world of F1. waves during his stint with Newman than a grain of truth to this Haas but didn’t do With competitors statement. e n o u g Nothing h to boasting better Which is not to say that Bean is really convince Karan cars, deeper “Sure, Force India have and Kay are not up to scratch. It is expected out Karayi to make had their moments. But pockets and just that they have to make do with a drivers as good if t h of me and a l e de they’ve been so few and grid of drivers better equipped than Williams this permanent. On far between they make not better, Force they are to deal with the challenges season, and in the lookout for a Blue moons look like India might find that lie ahead. But they knew fully replacement we all honesty for clockwork.” that things get a well that this would be no walk in aren't where Valtonen after the lot worse for them the park when they signed on the we want to Finn chose to head before it gets a lot dotted line, so they definitely believe off to Indycars,in the fitted be Bean better, or any better at all. that Force India’s is not entirely a the bill perfectly and Valter has been lost cause. quick to tie Aaron down for the The protagonists of this tale all With nothing to lose and only have interesting subplots. Ferreira foreseeable future. Many say that Aaron Warren has fit right in at Williams expect Force India pride to play for, wants to redeem himself after the has an impossible task ahead of him, to put in a few performances worthy but the newcomer is as yet unfazed and furore that surrounded him a couple of of note, a la Valtonen at Silverstone believes he can get results with his new seasons ago. Kay wants to establish him Q: Some say this might be a make or break season for Williams.and a top talent with that? in Season 13. To expect more than team. Time will tell just how much as a frontline driver Would you agree that would be unfair on a team that bravado fuels young Aaron’s while Bean simply wants to go out and as a he has a to start prove. improvementsis trying to We can't afford to slip any Warren: I think the time is coming where we feels team need point tomaking In all, it in all areas. break free and make a confidence. course that Force are performing similarly to us. Obviously we are only team further behind the teams ahead of us, and of seems the teams who India has the name for themselves. The on the back foot as it is with a much lower team budget compared to needed to make a success to remain pointless last season goes His teammate Kay is no stranger ingredients most of the teams, but Williams know how to get the best out of what they've got, and have a real fighting spirit. But yes, I do thinkmorefair to say we need to get over the humpknowing they can story but fact is it's compelling than into this season and start becoming to his environs, this being his second regular points scorers sooner rather than later. break their duck, but that to expectSF a with the outfit if you count the fiction. And the fact is that Force India 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. SF Prediction: 10th [12]