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GP Week : Issue 187
5 MINUTES about it really. Then it’s up to other people to decide the rest. Pat symonds joining Williams now. I would say his arrival at this point in the season is too late to have a major influence on this year’s car, but what’s your general feeling about him coming on board? I think the change he can make is more about the future, like next year and so on, but it’s going to be interesting to work with him. I haven’t met him yet, but we’ll meet in August when he starts with us. He’s got a good background, a lot of success in Formula One, so looking for ward to that. And are you sad to see Mike Coughlan leave? He was one of the men credited with an improvement in form last year. It was good to work with Mike. He was a very strong person and was good at making decisions, so what he did he was good. But he decided to leave so, yeah, so I have no bad things to say about him. I enjoyed working with him. I have to ask you this. Williams has seen a lot of changes over the past year on the management side, on the technical side. Is it a concern? Because with every new person that comes in there is a new idea, so is there a concern about stability because the car’s DNA keeps changing? There’s a limit also in that. That’s true. But I think the team has noticed now that definitely we need some changes, we need some new ideas. But I would think once we get some new people in it should stabilise and hopefully then we can work as a team and try to improve everything. Like you say, if we keep changing all the time maybe it can be difficult, but I’m sure the people who decide those things are aware of what they are doing. And what about your future? What’s the most likely scenario? Will we see you in Williams next year, or are you looking to attract interest from some of the bigger teams? I really hope I can be here. And I hope that I have shown that I deserve it because I really enjoy it here. I still see the potential we have. We have all the tools to make the car much quicker than it is now. I think for me it would be a great place to continue, so let’s hope so. And you must have had a look at the run susie [Wolff] did during the Young Driver Test and her lap times. some drivers, like Felipe [Massa], were pretty impressed with the times that she posted. What did you think of her run? She did a solid job. I was at the test and I saw her driving and it went well considering the experience she has in Formula One. I think the team was happy with what she did. They managed to do a lot of really important tests so that was good. Would you say she merits a certain number of Friday outings like you had last year? It’s difficult to say. Again, I cannot decide that, so... When it comes to stepping up from a Friday drive to a race drive, in terms of the pressure, let’s say when you’re driving on Fridays you have to prove to the team that you deserve a race seat but when you step up to a race seat, you’ve got the media glare, you’ve got the fans, and any failures you might have are very public. How different is the experience, the pressure you have to deal with? It is of course different. I think of all the categories so far Formula One is a different level with the pressure, but it’s never been really a problem for me. Because I’ve always said to myself – and Ithinkit’safact–allyoucandoisyour best, and it’s about you. But how much you follow those things, what people say about you, I think it’s better to just focus on what you’re really doing yourself and focus on doing your job the best you can because that’s all you can do. The summer break is coming up. Are you looking forward to getting away from Formula One for a bit? Not really, no. I prefer just to keep driving. But we have to have a bit of a holiday sometimes, I guess. But I’m not really a holiday person. One week, maybe, is okay and then I’m always itching to get back in the car. 21 GPWEEK.com // 21 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: