2013 Qualifying – 12th, 2013 Race – DNF
“It’s a track I love, one of the best on the calendar, because of all the high speed corners. It is very important to have an excellent aero package here as it is all about those high speed turns. With this year’s car it might prove quite tricky as everyone has less downforce to work with. It will be interesting to see how the new type of Formula One cars perform around this circuit. I’m looking forward to this race, because driving a Formula One car at Silverstone is really thrilling. I even lived in Milton Keynes for two years, so I know the area well.”
2013 Qualifying – n/a, 2013 Race – n/a
“I really like this track, with plenty of great sections, like Maggotts and Becketts and Copse. The new section is quite technical. The weather can have an effect of course, especially the wind which can catch you out in the high speed corners. Track conditions, wind, it’s England. It’s a bit of a home race for me as I have a flat in Milton Keynes, which is where I spend most of my time. I won’t stay at home for the race weekend though, as it’s better if I can stay closer to the track. It means I won’t have to cook my own breakfast and do my own laundry. I enjoy my time there. We will be trying to make the most of any opportunity.”
2013 Qualifying – n/a, 2013 Race – n/a
“The British Grand Prix is our second home race of the season and one everybody likes for many reasons! For the drivers it’s a good challenge as it’s one of the classic circuits, and the fans love it as there are so many F1 supporters in the UK. I am always amazed at how enthusiastic British motorsport fans are and I am excited about seeing them – It’s one of the good ones.
“On track we’re obviously aiming to pick up from where we were in Austria. I’ve been speaking to the guys at the factory a lot since they returned from Austria and we think that we can start with the good baseline setup on Friday. We’ve had a chance to look in much more detail at the data from Austria and know where we need to go to cut the gap even more and that’s the goal. With the improved reliability we had at the last race, and the nature of the Silverstone circuit, I think it could be a good weekend for us. Whatever happens, I’m sure the fans will enjoy every second, and our aim is to give those in green something to cheer for.”
2013 Qualifying – n/a, 2013 Race – n/a
“Next it’s my first British Grand Prix as an F1 driver at one of the great circuits of the season, Silverstone. I understand it’s the 50th anniversary of the race this year and there’s obviously so much history about the place – honestly it’ll be an honour to race there in its 50th year and I’m sure it’ll be a special weekend for everyone taking part.
“I’ve obviously raced at Silverstone many times before – I was on the podium back in 2011 in GP2 and one of the things that really makes Silverstone stand out is the fans. It’s like Austria was last week, and Germany and a few other races – it’s packed right from Thursday morning until late Sunday night and that makes an amazing atmosphere. The British fans are among the most knowledgeable, passionate fans anywhere, and they absolutely love F1, whatever the weather!
“For us this is another chance to keep fighting back against our nearest rivals and after we made some progress in Austria we want to pick up where we left off. Silverstone should actually suit the car better than Austria as we’ve been working on improving further the setup that allows us to maximise the aero package, and at a track like Silverstone, where aero performance is crucial, we’re aiming to build on the step forward we made in Austria.”
Robin Frijns, Caterham test and reserve driver
“I’m back in the 2014 car for the first time since Bahrain and excited about getting back in the cockpit and helping us make some progress again, and seeing how the car has developed since early April. I was in our 2010 car a couple of weeks ago at the City Racing event in Kazan, Russia, and that was cool, but the real work is in the current season car in an official session and that’s what Friday morning is all about. The last few races have obviously been pretty tough for the team, but we clearly made some progress in Austria and we think we can do the same again at Silverstone, a track where we should see more from the setups we ran on Saturday and Sunday at the Red Bull Ring. Hopefully the weather will be good, not something that you can ever guarantee in England, but with us being able to use two sets of tyres in FP1 sunshine will help us get the most out of the session, for me and the whole team.”
2013 Qualifying – 19th, 2013 Race -16th
“I think this will be a very exciting weekend for the team as we will be racing not only in front of the British fans but also many of the staff from the factory, as well as their friends and families. Of course, this brings a certain pressure, but the car performs well at a high speed circuit like this so I’m sure we can have a good race and achieve a nice reward for the team. I like Silverstone very much. It’s a fast track, so fun to drive, and also there is a lot of history to the circuit. Perhaps the British weather will play a part, which will help to make things even more interesting.”
2013 Qualifying – 20tht, 2013 Race – 17th
“This weekend is naturally one of the big highlights of the season, both for me and the whole team. It’s a fantastic occasion, made all the more special this year by the 50th anniversary celebrations, which I’m sure will be amazing. It’s always a special feeling to race in front of the wider team and of course the British fans, who are so passionate and create that incredible sea of Union Jacks in the grandstands. I can’t wait for the weekend. Silverstone is a great track and I hope we can achieve a really good result there.”
John Booth, Marussia team principal
“The British Grand Prix is always a fantastic event but this year it will have an extra special significance as Silverstone marks 50 years of Formula One races. I am quite sure that we will see a spectacular event this weekend, with plenty to remind us of the circuit’s rich history. Silverstone is of course in our own backyard and it provides a rare opportunity for all our staff members to get a little bit closer to the action and to see the product of their hard work performing right in front of them. I am sure our drivers will be keen to deliver a strong performance to reward all the efforts behind the scenes. I know we can also count on a very warm reception from the British fans, who have always been so supportive of our team and drivers. Throw in a little great British weather and I think we can look forward to a very interesting and exciting weekend for the team.”
Mattia Binotto, Scuderia Ferrari Engine & Electronics Deputy Director
“The British Grand Prix is one of the historical events on the calendar and this year it has a special significance since it is the home race of our partner Marussia F1 Team. There will be one more incentive to try to do well, even on our part. From a strictly technical point of view, the Silverstone circuit has no special features with regard to the use of the power unit. It will be important to try to take advantage of the free practice sessions to fine-tune every detail of each management component. Given that the weather conditions have traditionally been highly variable, the reliability will be a crucial factor as always, both at the macro level and micro. Together with our partners, in Austria we got back on the positive path we were on prior to Canada and this weekend we want to continue on the same direction of growth.”