F1Weekly podcast # 653

Sergio Perez

Clark and Nasir try to remain calm whilst discussing the Bahrain Grand Prix! We have another fantastic Motorsports Mondial and here are some thoughts from Sergio Perez heading into the Chinese Grand Prix…Sergio Perez hopes for another competitive weekend in China.

Sergio, it has been a week since your podium in Bahrain, sum up your feelings…
“To get the podium in Bahrain was great. My last podium was a long time ago so to fight at the front again feels good. We knew we were quick and I made sure I grabbed the opportunity with both hands. It’s a great result for this team and a big boost of confidence for me.”
 
You spent most of the race fighting hard with your teammate and then the Red Bulls in the closing stages…
“It was a really tough race and there was never a moment to relax. It was a big battle with Nico, but I enjoyed it. The end of the race was hard and the safety car really hurt our two-stop strategy. The Red Bulls had the tyre advantage and I was close to losing the podium so I had to push hard to keep up the pace. I think it was a good race for the sport with lots of entertainment.”
 
Does the podium change your expectations for the upcoming races?
“The target is to move on, keep improving and target more podiums. Bahrain was the first real opportunity I had to develop the car through the weekend without any issues so it felt like my season really started there. Now we need to think about how we can do better in China. At the same time we must not get carried away because we know how competitive Formula One is and how things can change very quickly.”
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Stefano Domenicali resigns as Ferrari F1 boss

Ferrari win Espana 2013

STEFANO DOMENICALI HAS RESIGNED AS FERRARI FORMULA ONE PRINCIPAL AND BEEN REPLACED BY MARCO MATTIACCI.

The Italian glamour team, the oldest and most successful in the sport, have made a disappointing start to the season with two fourth places for Spaniard Fernando Alonso the team’s best results in three races so far.

Ferrari have not won a driver’s world championship since Kimi Raikkonen in 2007 and at the most recent race in Bahrain, Alonso and his Finnish team mate were ninth and 10th.

Mattiacci, current president of Ferrari North America, will take overall charge of the Gestione Sportiva – the carmaker’s sporting activities including the Formula One team – immediately.

“There are particular moments in all of our professional lives where you need the courage to take difficult and very painful decisions,” Domenicali, who took over as team principal from Jean Todt in 2008, said in a Ferrari statement.

“It’s time to make an important change. As boss, I take the responsibility – as I always have – for the situation we are going through.”

Domenicali, who has been with Ferrari for 23 years in various roles, said he had made his decision to shake things up for the good of the group and to help the team get back to where they should be.

He thanked Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo and the fans “with the regret that we could not reap what we have sown so hard in these years”.

Montezemolo thanked Domenicali for his contribution and “the great sense of responsibility he has shown even today in putting Ferrari’s interests ahead of his own”.