12 June 2013
Georgie Thompson looks ahead to SIlverstone
Former Sky Sports News and Sky Sports F1 presenter talks to Dan Connor about her new role with Lotus, the season so far and looks ahead to Silverstone.
Georgie Thompson speaks exclusively to Crash.net's Dan Connor about her new role at Lotus, the 2013 season and the upcoming British Grand Prix at Silverstone...
Explain a little about your new role with Lotus and what exactly it involves.
It's very exciting actually. Lotus F1 Team and Suremen have partnered up and are giving fans an opportunity to do something no-one has offered before. Basically, they are taking the winner to the South of France to drive the single-seated Lotus F1 Team car. I've only ever been a passenger in a converted car at Silverstone with Nigel Mansell a few years ago. But I don't think anyone from outside the world of F1 has ever had this opportunity before, so it's very exciting. It's the fans chance to get to be a Kimi Raikkonen for the day.
A very different role from the one you're used to, how do you feel you have adapted?
Well it's totally different. There's no comparison with this and what I have done in TV in the past. For me it's a really great opportunity to stay rigid in Formula One because it is a world I've been involved in and grown really fond of in the last year or so. It's great to be involved in some way even though I'm no longer presenting with Sky.
Have you been getting to Grand Prix's regularly this season?
No I've not been to one yet because most of them have been fly-away races with the exception of Barcelona and Monaco. But I will be going to Texas. I loved Austin last year; it was a fantastic Grand Prix. It had been a while since Formula One had been to America, but the Americans welcomed it with open arms and it was the most fantastic thing. It'd be great to go back there again because they made quite a spectacle of it.
And how about Silverstone in a few weeks' time, will you be attending?
Unfortunately I'm not around for that, but my main memories of that are fairly mud-filled. Because of the weather it can be one of those races ideal for sitting back in your armchair and watching from home!
From what you have gathered in your short time with the team, what would you say the British Grand Prix means to Lotus?
It means a lot. Silverstone is the home of motorsport, so it means a lot to every team. I think it's something like eight out of the twelve teams that compete in Formula One are based there, including Lotus. So it's a huge deal to win it because it is effectively a home circuit. It always brings out the best fans, it is steeped in history, the drivers' love it, the media love it. It has so much to offer. It would mean an awful lot to a driver to win it and especially to a team who are based in the UK like Lotus.
Let's talk a little bit about events on the track so far this year, not quite seven different winners in as many races this time, but still an interesting season. What have you made of it?
Yeah it's still been very interesting; a lot of storylines have continued to develop. Lotus were very quick off the mark with Kimi and took that early opportunity. It's good to see that they've built on that and not faded away. It showed that the win in Abu Dhabi last year wasn't a fluke and that the success they had there has been built upon this year.
It's good to see Lewis has had a good start with Mercedes. Everyone was speculating how that would go in the early part of the season and it seems to have gone quite well. That's been an interesting story to watch develop. Also with what's going on at McLaren, we can't be sure what's going on there really. It's an interesting one. It's a case of how quickly can they get back on track and we hope that Jenson can do that at Silverstone. I don't know what upgrades they are taking to Silverstone so whether that represents a better opportunity for improvement or not, we'll have to wait and see. It'll definitely be the place where all eyes will be on Jenson and on McLaren to see what they can do.
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