Race Department - F1 2016 - Weekday Championship | Season 8 Round 3: - Tuesday - 04/04/2017 - 20:00 GMT Drivers' World Championship Leader: Alex G Constructors' World Championship Leader: Mercedes* FIA Pole Trophy: Mikey Woolford(2) DHL Fastest Lap Award: Andrew Wood (1)* Post-Race Interview - Harry Green Q - So with two races down and with experience building. How do you feel your season is shaping up so far? Its been a tough start for sure, I've not been where I wanted to be in either of the opening races. But with that said, I also wasn't coming into these races with high hopes. These are known weak tracks for me and I'm still adjusting to the new car as well as my step up to full no-assists. Hopefully once we reach Europe my season can start to move on. Q - It is fair to say that you didn't enjoy the best time in Bahrain. After showing such promising pace in Qualifying to start 2nd, what do you think is causing the drop in race finishing? Qualifying has always been a strong point for me, however at Bahrain it was simply my own mistake starting a chain reaction that led to compromised strategy, more contact and a thoroughly difficult race. As I adjust to my new team and my new challenge I aim to build consistency over the season and iron out these early race mistakes and start to fight for positions more in line with where my quali pace puts me. Q - You've come into this season with a big pedigree from the lower formula and that pedigree means that a lot of eyes are on you. What do you do to cope with the pressure? I've never been too affected by pressure really, even in championship deciding scenarios I don't let it get to me. To maintain this I suppose I just keep myself grounded, I don't get ahead of myself. I take each race lap by lap and I'm always prepared for worst case scenarios. Q - After a disappointing result in Bahrain, we remain away from Europe and head to China for the next race. What are your hopes for the race? China is an interesting circuit, the long straight and huge slipstream are going to provide a lot of back and forth battles for sure. I've never been hugely strong there and previously struggled with tyre wear, however as my driving style has matured I've come to enjoy the circuit and master the tyre wear issue. It helps that the great stability of the Renault engine and car combo really come into play at this circuit, which I'm really glad about. The car is good so now I need to back that up with results. If I can iron out my early race mistakes, I'm hoping to fight for a podium here and really jumpstart my season. Q - China has a reputation for unpredictable weather conditions. In the event of a wet race, which drivers do you think will have the upper hand, and will you be above them? Mikey [Woolford] showed in Australia that he has great wet pace, as did Michael [Fleming]. I qualified up there with those two that day and with a fantastic track record in the wet elsewhere, I think I'll be able gain to take advantage and really show what I can do when the going gets slippery. I really enjoy the wet and Shanghai Int'l is a really fun and rewarding circuit in those tricky conditions. Truth be told, I'll be over the moon if it rains come race day. 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: Under the lights of Bahrain we experienced a gruelling race, how do you think your performance went? Everyone: We head to China which has experienced turbulent weather in the past. With a strong possibility of wet weather, how will you approach the weekend? Everyone: One of the main focuses on this track is the long sweeping right hander onto the backstraight. A good exit here is vital to a passing move. Do you have any other overtaking places in mind? Alex: After 2 really strong showings so far. Do you feel you can carry that momentum into this race? Jerry: After a somewhat disappointing race filled with incidents in Bahrain, how do you expect to get back on track here in China? * Pending Standings Update.