Race Department - F1 2016 - Weekday Championship | Season 8 Round 4: - Tuesday - 11/04/2017 - 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, Alex G and Mitchell Haverlag (1)* Post-Race Interview - Andrew Wood Q - Despite another promising performance from Ferrari, many people feel that there is more to come from the outfit and that yourself and Mitchell aren't quite jelling right now. How do you think the opening 3 races have gone and do you think there is more to come? The opening 3 races have been interesting to say the least. I have really had to up my game over the season break in order to keep my face up front as we have new motivated and fast people joining up to race with. Australia was really disappointing with an unlucky incident in the closing stages that really ruined an otherwise amazing charge to the front, but I really knuckled down at Bahrain where I am otherwise rather weak and tried to maintain a similar pace at China in very tricky driving conditions. Mitchell and I are working well as a team and trying to hoist ourselves higher up the field. Q - Yourself and Mitchell seem quite matched on pace, which has come as a surprise to many in the paddock who saw Mitchell as the outright faster driver, based on last seasons results. It's fair to say that so far, you have more than matched him. What do you think has contributed to the leveling of pace? I would like to think that, although I am ready to accept a role as a number 2 driver within a team, I do not want to be completely outclassed, and I know for a fact that's not what the team boss wants. As a team, we have to be ready to pick up the slack if the faster driver has some dramas during the race and I need to do my share to help out with the constructors. I have never felt comfortable being faster than my teammate because otherwise I have no motivation to improve my overall driving, which is why I teamed up with Saif last year and Mitchell this year. It has paid off especially this season as Mitchell has given me so many tips to help improve my hot lap pace , my consistency, and what my mental state needs to be when it's time for the real deal. Q - After colliding in Australia and suffering from punctures in China, it's obvious to say that we haven't yet seen the most from this team. In the pecking order, where do you see yourselves as drivers and as a team? I absolutely think that Mitchell is a title contender and once the rust gets completely shaken off - look out. I think that he will win more races than he did last season and help keep the championship interesting. As for myself, I see myself exactly where I ran in the beginning laps of China - just clinging on to the back end of that lead group which is stellar as I enter my 5th season of this league, thinking about where I used to be. I say we have a fair shot at the constructors title as a duo but it will not be easy. Q - The first 3 races have seen 3 different winners. How soon will it be until we see you on the podium, and even better, on the top step? I predict that it won't be before long that you see me on the podium. I definitely had an opportunity at all 3 events so far to reach the podium but it just wasn't in the cards for me. As for a race win, it's something that I want so bad - and it would be great to take the win at a track that I have not seen the top step at yet, but I will really need an absolute perfect race from flag to flag to achieve that. I hope I see that this season. Q - We now head to Russia, a more stop start track more reminiscent of Bahrain than China. What expectations do you have for this event? Well, last season at this track I led my first ever laps in this league (albeit it was due to me not taking to the pits) but it was at this track that I made a turning point in terms of finding myself and finding my pace so I think I have a good shot to run up front yet again. Unfortunately, it's uncertain right now how much preparation I can do for this race so I might have to resort to using last season's data and hope for the best, but I will not give up! 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. Strikes are noted in the Sign-up Thread 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: We finish our first foray into Asia and head into the European leg of the championship. Howe do you rate your Asian experience? Everyone: Russia is a stop start track, more reminiscent of Bahrain. Does this style of track suit you better than the flowing Chinese GP? Everyone: For the 2nd time in 3 races we experienced rain in Qualifying. How do you think your preparations have been interrupted by this weather?