Race Department - F1 2016 - Weekday Championship | Season 8 Round 2: - Tuesday - 28/03/2017 - 20:00 GMT Drivers' World Championship Leader: Alex G Constructors' World Championship Leader: Mercedes FIA Pole Trophy: Mikey Woolford(1) DHL Fastest Lap Award: Andrew Wood (1) Post-Race Interview - Alex G MW - First of all, congratulations on your victory at tonights Australian Grand Prix. How does being back on the top step of the podium so early in the new season feel? It's a great feeling to pick up right where i left off last season. It was a very tricky race with the wet qualifying allowing different tyre strategies and the safety car at the end, so i am extremely pleased that all these factors worked in my favour today. MW - You took a gamble today by starting on the Medium tyres and ran the risk of an early race incident while others around you had softer compounds. What was the thought process behind this decision? I thought to be stuck behind drivers that might be slower then me on pace, so to negate this disadvantage i chose to start on the "slowest" compound to minimize my time loss and then to utilise the Soft or Supersoft at the end of the race. Early Incidents are always a risk, but i've done alternative strategies many times during my career so i know very well how to move myself within the midfield, therefore i took the gamble and it paid off. MW - You had been consistently touted as the championship favourite in pre-season and this victory does nothing to dispel those predictions. What sort of season are you expecting to face? My personal expectation is always to make the best out of the situation. Sometimes this can be the win like today, and sometimes it can be only one championchip point. I just want to do the best job i can possibly do and the see where it gets me. Competition is tight at the front so nothing is granted. MW - You joined Mercedes this season, departing Red Bull after the Brazilian GP and have found immediate success. How different are the two cars and how hard has it been to adapt to the different hardware? It's been quite a stretch adapting to the Mercedes, despite winning the pre-season event with it in Spain the engineers still didn't find the right setup for me, as i am struggling with the rear grip. The Red Bull was a fantastic car when it came to the race, with it's amazing traction, but i felt the change is needed and i hope that with the season going on me and the team get more and more accustomed to each other and get even more wins and podiums under our belt MW - Shellay and Mazais ran you very close today. Are you expecting more battles with them throughout the coming season? Absolutley ! Especially Mazais really surprised me with his strong pace and his development will be very interesting to see throughout the season. As with Shellay we know that his pace is really strong, but he lacks the experience other Drivers have and if he can build his confidence on the recent sucess i expect him to be my major challenger for the title alongside Mikey and Mitchell MW - Your teammate Karl had a difficult race today, but also showed the kind of pace that should be expected of a WCC hunting partnership. Who would you say are the top teams to look out for this season? I've raced Karl many times before and i know the pace he can deploy. Therefore i am very confident that we can bring the WCC to Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team. MW - Finally, we now head to Bahrain where it is expected to be a fully dry weekend. After a difficult wet qualifying session but a tremendous drive in the dry race. What are your expectations for this race? I am well aware that the wet is my biggest weakness, so i am very happy to arrive on a circuit where we can expect a fully dry weekend. Bahrain is a race that offers a lot of good overtaking spots and different strategy options, so my aim is to qualify within the first two rows and then to use my race pace in good effect like in Australia If you cannot attend If you cannot attend this event, please post in the thread to allow us suitable time to organise replacements. If you do not attend and do not inform us then you will be given an attendance strike. 3 strikes and you are demoted from a full time drive to reserve or requested to not attend further events. Reserve Drivers If you are a reserve driver and you want to take part, please do let us know by answering the questions in this thread and we will try to fit you in. Questions to drivers: Everyone: After the variable, wet conditions at Australia we head to an expectantly dry Bahrain. What are your expectations for the race? Everyone: Australia gave everyone a chance to dust off the track rust and get back into the groove. As it was, there were a few incidents during the race. Would you expect a cleaner race this time round? Everyone: Alex G takes an early lead in the WDC, do you expect him to build that advantage or for others to come back at him? Jason: After a terrific effort at Australia, where you scored an 8th place finish. Do you expect to challenge for points every race? Harry: As the AOR F4 Champion, Australia was somewhat of a disappointment for you. How do you plan to bounce back in Bahrain?