Saturday 1 September 2012
Car 2 MARK WEBBER, Position: 7th, (3rd Practice – P7, 1:49.164)
“I’m disappointed. We would like to have been higher up the grid to take the sting out of the penalty (5 places), but we’ll have to see what we can do tomorrow. We weren’t quick enough and couldn’t challenge for the front row today; I was pretty happy with my lap but I think P5 would have been our maximum today. We have a long race tomorrow and there should be some good opportunities to come through the field. Clearly we’re out of position a little and we have work to do, but the Team is a quality operation and we know what hard work is all about. We just need to keep pushing.”
Car 1 SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Position: 11th, (3rd Practice – P9, 1:49.292)
“I felt pretty good this morning, the laps didn’t come together but the car felt good. There was nothing obvious that was wrong this afternoon, I was pretty happy with my lap, it was clean, but it just wasn’t quick enough. It’s a shame to miss Q3 by such a small margin, but that’s racing. We’ve seen in the last races that our car is pretty good in the race so we will see what we can do.”
CHRISTIAN HORNER: “A different looking grid for tomorrow. Unfortunately with Mark we have to take a 5-place grid penalty, which we knew of in Hungary, but it was right to finish the race there. We felt it would be better to strategically take the penalty here than sacrifice points in Budapest. With Sebastian he appeared to struggle quite a lot in the second sector and unfortunately just missed the cut. Congratulations to Jenson on his pole. We will be racing hard to make up positions tomorrow.”
(Renault) CYRIL DUMONT: “A difficult session today – we will be P10 and P12 tomorrow with the penalty. It was hard to prepare with the weather, but it was the same for all teams. The cold weather today showed that it’s still hard to judge the tyres correctly and we have an unusual grid. Seb just missed Q3 by 100th of a second; it’s a shame he didn’t go through. I don’t think we could have challenged for pole today, but we can still get some good points tomorrow”
A Formula One team is all about the people, but away from the racing what makes our team members tick? This race, Controls Engineer Jan Laureyns reveals that the best thing about his Belgian home town is the town down the road and why he’d really like to be down on the farm…
Describe your job and tell us what the best thing is about it?
I’m a Controls Engineer, so I look after the software configuration of the gearbox, differential and that sort of thing. Most of my time is spent at the factory but I also spend about four weeks a year in Paris working with Renault. The best thing is the speed of the development cycle. In road cars the development cycle can be slow, but here it’s incredibly fast, which is satisfying.
You’re from Belgium. What part?
I’m from a little village called Watervliet, which is very close to the Dutch border. It’s near to Ghent.
If we arrived in Watervliet for a visit what’s the first thing we should do?
Errr…. I’d say the best thing to do would be to turn around and head to Ghent! It’s very nice and you can have a good night out there.
So was Spa part of your youth?
Not really. I remember watching the race on television but I didn’t go until my late teens. During university I worked for a GT team and took part in a 24-hour race there, I think in 2000. It’s an amazing place. You can’t really understand it until you’re there and can appreciate the elevation. I used to cycle around it to get the feel of the rise and fall. It’s very impressive.
How do you relax outside of Formula One?
I play a bit of rugby. I play for Towcestrians RFC and I’m a winger. I also do a bit of farming. My wife and I recently bought a house with some land with the intention of farming. The first arrival has been a barn and we’ve just done the first field of silage in preparation for getting some cattle in November. My father was a vet and I grew up around farms, so I enjoy it a lot. It’s a complete change of pace from the day job and I think it’s good to be able to make that complete switch.