x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 17 January 2018

'Finishing the race is the key'

Gary Meenaghan talks to Jerome d'Ambrosio, the Virgin Racing driver.

Jerome d'Ambrosio is pleased with his season. Jorge Guerrero / AFP
Jerome d'Ambrosio is pleased with his season. Jorge Guerrero / AFP

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