Justin Wilson Q&A

Justin Wilson's first outing with Jaguar at Hockenheim a fortnight ago ended early, a gearbox problem claming him after he had been delayed by the first corner accident. Next stop is Hungary, where he last raced in F3000 in 2001. There's been no testing since the last race so Wilson will still be in learning mode, and it will be fascinating to see how he shapes up against Mark Webber over the two qualifying sessions. Adam Cooper spoke to the rising star

Justin Wilson Q&A



"I saw bits going everywhere and it was hard to work out what it was. Everyone was on the brakes trying to stop, and I actually had to swap lanes at the last minute because Frentzen changed his mind, so I went back to the inside. As I said everyone was trying to slow right down, and I think Jacques had to miss somebody, came across, and used up the space I was using to slow down."



"I guess he wouldn't be!"



"That just spun Jacques round. He was rolling backwards across the track, and I was going to the left to try and miss him. That's when Ralph arrived round the outside. He just clipped the edge of my wheel and smashed a steering arm."



"I had no option but to try and go to the left because there was a car in front of me, and I was trying to avoid that car. All I saw was this flash of yellow go steaming round the outside and smash the front of my car."



"I thought it might be over because I thought it was worse than it was, but it was just the trackrod, which they repaired. We lost a few laps but the guys worked hard and did well in the conditions. I went back out but then we had something wrong with first gear. I think it was unrelated to the accident. I continued for a lap using second, but you get to a point when you have to look at the potential damage. We could have done some miles, but I think there was a higher risk of the gearbox blowing lap and you still don't learn anything."



"It was very tough, with a steep learning curve, and I was just trying to learn as much as I could, and see what I can do for the next one."



"Everything changed, and I was so busy. More press, paddock club, very different things. Before Germany I did the seat fitting at the factory, and media stuff even then. It was just different."



"I wasn't surprised, but it's nice to see that it is a well structured and very professional team. I guess it has to be for it to work on this scale."



"I was a bit nervous. It's a year ago when I couldn't fit into a Minardi, so that was going through my mind."



"It's not too bad, to be honest. The pedals could move forward a little bit more from where Mark had got them, and we just made the seat a bit thinner, so I could sit further back."



"Yes, it's very similar."



"In that situation you have to say whether you think there's something they can do to help or not. You have to tell it as it is. If you're OK but there's things in the way you have to tell them, and it's down to them to decide if they can go ahead and move those things or not. Generally speaking it wasn't too bad."



"It would have been good to have had more experience, but that's all you get."



"It was amazing, the first time I drove it. Fantastic downforce, just very stable in all the low speed and high speed corners. I knew the hardest thing would be to try to explore the limits. Everything's moved ahead so you have to try and push yourself to those limits."



"You just have to deal with it. You have to get on with it and try to do the best you can. Obviously the Friday made things worse for Saturday. I didn't have a good run on Saturday, so you go from one extreme high and it makes a low so much worse."



"All of them are going to be hard, especially knowing how quick Mark is. He's extremely quick and he's doing a good job. My aim is to try and get quicker. As I said on Saturday in Germany I didn't get the most out of it, or rather I struggled to get a balance on higher fuel loads, and that's when it counts. That's what we're going to be working on at the next race, trying to understand that and find a way forward."



"Yes, you treat them slightly differently. But so many other things have changed you don't know what is down to what effect."



"To be honest everything is very different. It's a Cosworth engine, but all the controls on the car are completely different. They don't have a say on what buttons go where."



"We got on reasonably well. I wouldn't say we were best mates, but we respected each other, and chatted now and again. As team mates it's very similar. Obviously we both want to drive as fast as we can and beat each other, but we have to work together to improve the situation."



"Yeah, I can concentrate on the job I'm trying to do, and leave him to do all the business side."



"Yeah, probably. It always is. Before Hockenheim the last five races were my most important!"

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