Gary Meenaghan talks to Jerome d'Ambrosio, the Virgin Racing driver.
'Finishing the race is the key'
Q: We are now a third of the way through your rookie season in Formula One, with Virgin Racing. How would you rate your performance so far?
A: At the moment I am quite happy with how things have been going. I had a couple of good races - I have finished almost every race and that is an important thing for me in terms of experience. Compared to my teammate Timo [Glock], I have been quite good and have improved in many ways, so I can be happy with how it has gone so far.
Q: What are your expectations going into this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix and, with rain being forecast, how would wet weather affect things here?
A: It would be interesting. The track is different; we have seen many crazy races in Canada, so that would be interesting. If it rains, it can be one of those races where, a bit like Monaco, just by finishing you can expect something good because there can be a lot of things happening. Finishing here is so important; I can't stress that enough.
Q: There will be two DRS zones in Sunday's race. How is that likely to effect things?
A: It will create more possibilities for overtaking, which can only make things even better for the fans. We can see already, even at the start of the weekend, there is a great atmosphere here, so it should be a good weekend.
Q: Lewis Hamilton said he sees Circuit Gilles Villeneuve as a street circuit. Is that something you would agree with?
A: Definitely in terms of grip level, it is like a street circuit; it's probably the lowest grip of the whole season - and the walls are pretty close to say the least.
Q: You have recently joined Twitter. How are you enjoying it so far - does it make you feel closer to your fans?
A: I'm getting into it, yeah. Obviously on Friday, Saturday and Sunday it's more difficult because I am busy and I don't have someone to tweet on my behalf, but I like it. It's a cool way to interact directly with the fans.
Q: The Bahrain Grand Prix was on, then it was off, then it was back on and now it looks to be off again. What do you make of the situation?
A: Honestly, I don't think it is my position to have a proper opinion. I just have to trust that the people who make the decisions make the best choice. All I can do is rely on the decision-makers to make the best choice.
Q: It must make things difficult though when you don't know when and where the season ends - you can't even book yourself a holiday.
A: It doesn't change anything for me. It makes no difference. And I can say, honestly, if I could spend my Christmas on an F1 track, I would be quite happy.
* Interview by Gary Meenaghan