SPA: "A Track Fit For Heroes... The Ultimate Challenge... A Real Drivers' Circuit..." Once a driver gets his F1 Superlicence, he is contractually bound to say that Spa is the ultimate drivers' circuit for real men. But what do they really think?...
SPA: "A Track Fit For Heroes... The Ultimate Challenge... A Real Drivers' Circuit..."
Once a driver gets his F1 Superlicence, he is contractually bound to say that Spa is the ultimate drivers' circuit for real men. But what do they really think? We listened to an unnamed driver do a lap. See below to see what he said...
Car 15 SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Position 8th
"It was quite an interesting session and not the best for us obviously; eighth and ninth will be tough tomorrow on the grid. Unfortunately I made a mistake on my last flying lap in Q3. I lost the rear going into Turn 14, which leads on to the back straight and lost all the speed, so there was no point in completing the lap. The results were quite a surprise today; I don't think anyone expected Fisi (Fisichella) to be on pole."
Car 14 MARK WEBBER, Position 9th
"That was a strange session we expected to be more competitive than that. Fisi (Fisichella) on pole! A great day for them, but we were surprised by that. A lot of the guys were too quick for us; it shows you just never know in this game. It should be an interesting race tomorrow. We had to change the engine before qualifying, but that wouldn't affect our result and we were pretty confident going into the session. We put in a new engine as we had to make some checks on the one that we used this morning, but it looks like it is okay."
CHRISTIAN HORNER, Team Principal: "A different Q3 to normal I bet none of the bookies predicted that one! Our guys had a strong Q2 and the fuel effect is reasonably large around here, so we'll wait with interest to see what the fuel figures are later today. Congratulations to Force India for their first pole position. We' look forward to what should be a really exciting race tomorrow."
FABRICE LOM, Renault, Principal Engineer Track Support: "Again a bad day. We apologise to Mark for the electrical problem that we had on his engine it really seems as though we have a black cloud hanging over our heads at the moment. I can only assure Red Bull and the people that want to beat us that we will never give up and when this black cloud lifts, we will fight like hell!"
Start: This grid's stupid. It's uphill. Wish they'd fitted a handbrake.
La Source: I hate this, I've never looked in front of me, I'm too busy checking my mirrors for the lunatic who's charged up from the back row and forgotten to brake. At least no one's going to criticise my driving style as the 'experts' reckon there is no perfect line through the hairpin. Thank goodness...
Eau Rouge: Oh shit! Downhill to Eau Rouge. If I ever get my hands on the first F1 driver who said it was no longer a challenge and easily flat out, I'll make him eat what I've just done in my race suit.
Radillon: Why do they say it looks like a vertical wall? It's just a road that goes up hill. Radillon? Sounds like something I could clean the mess in these overalls with.
Kemmel Straight: Ok, here we go.... and er..., here we still go... and still going and on and, f*** me, is this ever going to end?
Pouhon: Loads of corners here I can't remember, though there's one called Pouhon I think: Reminds me of what's going on in my overalls.
Er... even more corners that I can't remember: All a blur now: lefty, righty, lefty, righty bit. Must remember to tell journalists it's really technical and puts a massive strain on the car and your neck.
Blanchimont: Not sure what this one's called. I think it's Blancmange. Apparently, if you're a real driver you don't talk about Eau Rouge anymore, you go on about this one, while narrowing your eyes and looking brave.
Bus Stop: Apart from the 130R at Suzuka, is there a sillier name for a corner? We're all millionaire racing drivers, so do you think anyone of us has ever stood at a bus stop or even knows what one looks like?
Start/Finish Line: There he is, my trainer, hanging onto the pit board and waving his fist at me. Does he honestly think I ever look at the board, when I've got a perfectly good radio link to my engineer? Oh s***, here we go again...
-credit: red bull