3 Drivers In Contention for Glory?
Season 5 promises to be the most competitive yet
As pre-season draws to a close in Albert Park, Melbourne drivers throughout Invictus Racing Leagues have begun turning their attentions to Round 1 – the Mexican Grand Prix. Our Invictus correspondent managed to speak with drivers who may have a strong chance of securing success this season; Jamie_6328, mj_coop and VSR_Charles.
We start with Equal Performance League 1 Championship hopeful VSR_Charles:
Invictus: “You recently joined Invictus Racing Leagues, coming from a very reputable esports racing team and secured the win in Australia, beating last season’s F1 Champion by 11 seconds; surely you are the early favourite to secure the F1 Driver’s Crown this season”.
Charles: “Securing the win over Sam certainly means I’m in the conversation but let’s not forget that Brady had won the first pre-season race at Russia. I feel that if my form keeps up that I’ll definitely be a threat to the title”.
VSR_Charles completing Free Practice
Invictus: “Both yourself and your teammate at Williams, VSR_Brady are very quick drivers, will we see team orders at Williams or will you both free to race”?
Charles: “We’re very quick but the agreement between us is Constructors first and once that’s sorted then we can begin fighting. Although if we break away from the pack in the early rounds there will definitely be some exciting battles between us”.
Invictus: “We have just completed pre-season testing. Was there anyone you have identified as a main rival”?
Charles: “Funnily enough my main rival isn’t the reigning champion. I feel as if his rhythm has been put off my mine and Brady’s pace so I’d definitely have to say my teammate is the one to beat. Head to head, it’ll be a good fight”.
We now focus on F2 returning driver Jamie_6328:
Invictus: “You return to Invictus Racing Leagues after a short absence, how have you been spending your time and how close to being ready are you for competitive online racing”?
Jamie_6328: “Well in recent months I took a break from driving F1 cars and have done a little racing in other categories, I’m glad to return to F1 though, I’m committed more than ever and look forward to getting back on track racing, in terms of being close to being competitive I’m as ready as I can be, I’ve won races in the past and I’m confident I will win again”.
Invictus: “You’re remembered as a consistently quick driver and good defender, have you improved on other parts of your driving and race craft”?
Jamie_6328: “Tyre saving I’d say is what I’ve improved on the most and of course just working on more consistency”.
Jamie_6328 putting in practice for Force India – but will we see him at Renault?
Invictus: “We see you as the sole driver at Force India, and yet there are rumours of a move Renault, can you substantiate these rumours”?
Jamie_6328: “Well anything is possible, at the moment both seats are currently taken, If one becomes available then of course I’d consider it but nothing is confirmed, Hulk is a an old teammate of mine from a previous league, we worked well together before and made a pretty strong team so all that would be considered should the opportunity arise, but at the moment I’m just focusing of getting ready for the season”.
Invictus: “With the F2 League being closer than ever, how do you rate your chances this season going up against tough competition”?
Jamie_6328: “I’ll take it each race at a time, there’s tracks I’m strong at and some I’m weaker at, same with everyone else, I’m looking forward to the close racing, the goal is to win races so hopefully I can make that happen”.
We now focus on the F3 League. Mj_coop was impressive in first season at Invictus; how will he perform this season?
Invictus: “You remain alongside similar drivers to last season, what did you learn about yourself and your competition in your first season at Invictus Racing Leagues, and how can you use that to your advantage this season”?
mj_coop: “I learnt that I have a lot to improve on! Last season was my first time in any form of competitive league racing, so it gave me a good indicator where I am, and where I need to improve. The competition helps in that you can see what others are doing and apply any gains to your driving, and the fact I remain racing amongst familiar driving makes me far more comfortable in the fact that I have learn which drivers I can trust racing wheel to wheel with. With the new drivers there is always so guess work”.
Invictus: “You showed very good pace in Qualifying last season and there were rumours that you almost made the F2 League, surely you must be a favourite to secure the Driver’s Crown this season in F3”?
mj_coop: “I myself know where I’m at with my driving, and I’m very happy to be in F3. I feel in F2 I would have been out of my depth a little, and confidence can drop when not competing at the front. So I’m happy and excited for the F3 season. Looking at the F3 grid, there are a lot of quick drivers here so I’m not writing anyone off yet. It should be a very close season, but of course you have to believe in yourself and I feel my pace has improved vastly so if I’m not competing around the front I’ll definitely be disappointed”.
Invictus: “You have teamed up with nitrogash this season at Torro Rosso, a very experienced driver. How do you intend to work together and have you learned anything from veteran nitrogash? Also you are the junior team of Red Bull racing – can you give the senior team a showing up”?
mj_coop: “It’s actually our second season together, as we were together last season also! I’ve already had a quick chat with Nitrogash and we both feel we need to work together better this season to get the best result for each other and the team. Setups and race strategy is something we’ll definitely be sharing together, but if I can learn more from his experience, that would be great! I’m not sure how strong the lineup of the sister team is, but yeah we’ll definitely be going to beat them”!
Although missing pre-season testing, mj_coop will be hoping for success this season
Invictus: “We have just completed pre-season testing. Have you identified an early rival – someone to be mindful of this season. And if so how can you ensure success for yourself and Torro Rosso”?
mj_coop: “I missed pre-season unfortunately, but I definitely have been working hard in the off season and kept an eye on the results. It seems Nevermiss is the man to beat right now, and Wave is fairly consistent, and Spud is always somewhere around. So I’ll be keeping an eye on those guys, but I think rivalries will develop as the season goes on. Success for me and the team is definitely going to be consistency and keeping out of trouble. If I can qualify near the front, then that should give me every chance of avoiding trouble & bagging good points for me and the team! Bring on Mexico”!