Adam Carroll talks about his astonishing win on home soil, on his second weekend back in the GP2 Series. GP2 Series: Adam, did you ever think just two races into your GP2 Series return you'd be on the top step of the podium at your home ...
Adam Carroll talks about his astonishing win on home soil, on his second weekend back in the GP2 Series.
GP2 Series: Adam, did you ever think just two races into your GP2 Series return you'd be on the top step of the podium at your home race?
Adam Carroll: Never say never. Everyday is a new day. When things are bad, you just forget about it and move on. It's really hard to pick yourself up from that all the time, and I've literally had one solid year of hardship and hard work. It just broke our balls really, thats all you can say. This opportunity came about and we just couldn't turn it down. Joe and everybody showed so much faith in me, and the team to give me this opportunity. I knew last weekend that the results weren't there, but I knew the pace was good. I think what we've done with the car shows what we've done in just one weekend together as a team, what we can achieve. Hopefully this is the start to the finish, the start to the end.
GP2 Series: You said yesterday that you knew the car was good but you didn't feel 100% in yourself yet, you knew there was more to come and the more laps you got in the car the better things were going to be. Today you didn't look any less than 100%.
Adam: No, as long as I look OK. But I still don't feel quite as good in the car. It's still my neck and things like that, so once hopefully I'm completely race fit I'll be even stronger and I'm looking forward to that actually.
GP2 Series: You had Maldonado covered for the whole first half of the race. You were never more than a second behind him. How difficult was it being that close to him, applying pressure, but not being 100% in yourself managing not to make a mistake?
Adam: Well, the car was very, very good. The team's done an absolutely cracking job. I knew that as long as I didn't make a mistake I could be consistent. Just as long as I was consistent at the pace he was running. I didn't try and harder at any point, I just pushed hard and stayed at that pace really. I think his tyres were shot and he tried to back me up, he just stayed off the gas and basically let me run into the back of him, so I just drove around the outside of him. He didn't see that one coming. So I think he learned a little lesson today.
GP2 Series: A win, here in Silverstone, it must be an amazing feeling.
Adam: It's unbelievable. It's just so good. It's just such a relief. People get different emotions from winning but it's just such a relief that I can still do it, and given the right team and the right opportunity I know I can run as hard as any of them an race with the best. Hopefully now we can be consistent and prove that we are as good as the guys who have won this championship and hopefully we'll get the shot at Formula One.
GP2 Series: You're the ninth winner in the first nine races driving car number nine. The championship's completely open and anything can happen.
Adam: It is! When I looked at the points before we came into it and we really just said, fricken heck, why not? Why not have a go at this and get a good result out of this? And that's what we're going to do.
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