INVICTUS F2 CHAMPIONSHIP

PRESS CONFERENCE

 

 

 

Ahead of the F2 Mexican Grand Prix Sky Sport’s Ted Kravitz was able to invite the four Driver’s Championship hopefuls to the Driver’s Press Conference.

 

Ted Kravitz: “I’d like to welcome and introduce F2 driver championship contenders. From Scuderia Ferrari and current championship leader NotoriousL_I_P, representing Haas F1 Team and currently second in the championship delange93, from Mercedes and third placed driver xMikexSI and finally from McLaren-Honda forth placed driver Craig8728”.

“Welcome to all drivers. I’d like to begin with championship leader NotoriousL_I_P. You have now re-taken the lead in the Championship with a 4 point lead over Delange, a 6 point lead on Mike and a 13 point gap over Craig; how are you feeling going into the final two races of this season”?

 

 

Scuderia Ferrari driver NotoriousL_I_P reports feeling excited and nervous

 

NotoriousL_I_P: “Nervous and excited ,they’re two tracks that will have a lot of battles going on and wheel to wheel action”.

Ted Kravitz: “You and Jamiemet are in a Constructor Championship battle with Haas, can you do the double”?

NotoriousL_I_P: “If we can get lucky and get no damage we can do the double”.

Ted Kravitz: “When you look at your Championship rivals, what are their strengths and weaknesses and can you use that knowledge to gain an advantage”?

NotoriousL_I_P: “Their strengths are pace and none to very few penalties.I’m not to sure of their weakness”.

Ted Kravitz: “What are your strengths and weaknesses and what do you need to do to ensure the Championship comes home with you”?

NotoriousL_I_P: “My strengths are good pace, good tyre wear. My weakness is rain”.

Ted Kravitz: “Drivers or Constructor Title. What are you prioritising”?

NotoriousL_I_P: “My priority is of course the driver’s but it would be nice to win both”.

Ted Kravitz: “And finally, Who do you honestly see winning the Driver’s Championship”?

NotoriousL_I_P: “I think if who ever wins Mexico will win the championship”. 

 

 

delange93 remains motivated despite difficulty in China

 

Ted Kravitz: “We move onto Haas F1 Team driver delange93. You have just lost your 2 point Gap to Notorious and now trail him by 4 points with Mike hot on your heels with 2 points behind you, while Craig is closing the gap and is 9 points behind – how are you feeling at this moment and what is your game plan for Mexico and Singapore”?

delange93: “Well it was a disappointing and messy race for me. Was aiming for a podium spot but made a couple of minor mistakes and since China isn’t one of my best circuits I think I’m quite happy with the result. But still highly motivated for the last 2 races. I think Mexico will suit the car but you never know what will happen. Things getting tense”!

Ted Kravitz: “KiLo has recently moved to Haas to become your teammate, will you be hoping for his help to hold Notorious , Mike and Craig back or are you intending to go it alone”?

delange93: “Yes! Great news! I’m stoked to have KiLo as a teammate. He is a very good and fair driver and therefore I think he will be going as fast as possible whoever is behind him”. 

Ted Kravitz: “When you look at your Championship rivals, what are their strengths and weaknesses and can you use that knowledge to gain an advantage”?

delange93: “Notorious, Mike and Craig are outstanding drivers. They almost never make mistakes and are always quick. But their key to success this season is their consistency I think. Notorious has won the last race and although Mike and Craig haven’t won a race yet, they are fighting for the title. Very good to see! At this point I don’t see obvious weaknesses, their all capable of winning the title”. 

Ted Kravitz: “What are your strengths and weaknesses and what do you need to do to ensure the Championship comes home with you”?

delange93: “Where I’m most happy with are my setups and my progress I made during the season. I never expected to be fighting for the title in my first season. But for the last 2 races I’ll just take it race by race and try the best I can. A win would definitely help ;)”. 

Ted Kravitz: “Drivers or Constructor Title. What are you prioritising”?

delange93: “I’m aiming for both the titles of course. But since my former teammate unomi couldn’t attend a couple of races and KiLo just signed at Haas I think it’s best to focus on the driver title and see where the points we score as a team us takes in the standings. But I’m sure KiLo and I are able to get some good results”.

Ted Kravitz: “And finally, who do you honestly see winning the Driver’s Championship”?

delange93: “That’s a really hard one. It’s almost impossible to tell. The 4 of us could win the title. You never know what will happen. But for now Notorious is doing a wonderful job, so he is the guy to catch. I do everything I can to ruin his party”. 

 

 

Mike remains focused ahead of Mexico

 

Ted Kravitz: “We come to Mercedes driver Mike, after securing a hard-fought back to back podiums against Championship rival Craig you find yourself 6 points behind Championship leader Notorious, while delange is 2 points ahead of you with Craig trailing behind you by 7 points; how are you feeling going into the final two races”?

Mike: “A bit surreal I have to admit, wouldn’t think of it as the grid is really strong always, but chaos races like Canada did help me a lot”.

Ted Kravitz: “Mercedes are still technically in the hunt for the Constructors Championship – can you secure both Championships? Is this a goal for you this season”?

Mike: “Winning The Constructor’s wasn’t in our both plans but we secured some good points. I think we both would be very happy with a top 3 finish and I mean really happy”!

Ted Kravitz: “When you look at your Championship rivals, what are their strengths and weaknesses and can you use that knowledge to gain an advantage”?

Mike: “Hard to use any of their weaknesses directly as it’s something that is entirely up to them all are great drivers which you cannot easily force into making a mistake during the races”.

Ted Kravitz: “What are your strengths and weaknesses and what do you need to do to ensure the Championship comes home with you”?

Mike: “My weakness and a great one is qualifying performance, beginning with the 2017 cars I struggle a lot with one lap pace. My strengths could be adapting the car setup and stronger race craft than the seasons before …. Something of a mixed bag is my tendency to be a bit too cautious but actually it saved me more times so it’s kind of a strength I am not even dreaming about the championship win I will take the last races as it is the beginning of the season, If I am slow I am slow if I am quick then I am quick, so let’s wait it out”.

Ted Kravitz: “Drivers or Constructor Title. What are you prioritising”?

Mike: “Neither actually as Spud is not a rival in the championship, that enables us to take each race as it comes and focus on both scoring as much as possible and I know If Spud can help me on track he will do it, as always we didn’t ever risk anything on the track with going hard at each othter, If one of us is the quicker one the other didn’t give a hard time”.

Ted Kravitz: “Finally, who do you honestly see winning the Driver’s Championship”?

Mike: “If you would ask me at the beginning of the season I would say Craig, but now as the standings are both Delange and Notorious have a good shot at it, but i see Notorious winning it as he has a gap of 4 and 6 points which is a lot and he can go very tactically in the last two races concentrate only on myself and Delange and drive enough to take the title in Singapore”.

 

 

Craig looking relaxed ahead of Mexico

 

Ted Kravitz: “We now come to McLaren-Honda driver Craig. First of all, what are your feelings after the Chinese Grand Prix? I can imagine you feel a bit disappointed after securing pose position”?

Craig: “Yes, of course I’m disappointed that I didn’t seize the opportunity to convert pole position into the race win which would’ve pulled me closer to the top 3 drivers, but you can’t dwell on these things as they often act as a distraction. I have to remain focused on the job at hand and ensure that I give myself the best chance possible in the final two races”.

Ted Kravitz: “After securing 4th place in the Chinese Grand Prix you are closing in on Delange, but still Notorious created a 11 points gap to you. What are your thoughts of your championship chances this season and how are you preparing for the last to races”?

Craig: “I just need to give it my all in the final two races and hope to score strongly. I can only control what I can do in the race; what other contenders do is outwith my control and influence. So I just need to focus on my work-rate and performance”.

Ted Kravitz: “While you are fighting at the top for the drivers title, your team McLaren seems to have a hard time, 6th in the standings. Are you still trying to get McLaren closer to the top or are you just focusing on the drivers title”?

Craig: “I’ll do my best to help myself and the team. In terms of the Constructor’s Championship, I think that battle is over. It’s highly unlikely that my teammate will make the final races, so I’ll need to focus on my individual battles on track”.

Ted Kravitz: “When you look at Notorious, Delange and Mike what are their strengths and weaknesses throughout this season? Do you think you can take advantage out of this knowledge”?

Craig: “They are all consistent drivers, although they have made mistakes – Notorious was unable to finish the race in Monza while delange struggled in China. It will be interesting to see how all three will cope under the pressure of a Championship battle and the pressure I intend to put them under”.

Ted Kravitz: “What were your strengths and weaknesses this season? What do you need to do to make a chance for the title”?

Craig: “My biggest weakness is driving in the wet, but I’m always improving and I know where I’ve been going wrong there. My biggest advantage and it’s something I possess that they don’t have – the experience of previously winning a Championship and the intensity and pressure that brings”.

Ted Kravitz: “My final question, and you’ve probably seen this coming. Who do you honestly think who will secure the drivers & constructors title”?

Craig: “I think Haas will win the Constructor Championship. In terms of the Driver’s Title – you always have to believe that you will win the Title. Once you begin to doubt that then your season is over”.

 

 

 

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