Justin Wilson Q&A

Justin Wilson landed his dream drive at the beginning of 2003 when he finally became a Formula 1 driver with Minardi. Now, just 11 races later he has done enough for Jaguar Racing to sign him in place of Brazilian Antonio Pizzonia for the remainder of the season. In just five races he has to prove that his hard-earned reputation is all that its worth and that he belongs in a manufacturer team as his predecessor has failed to do. The British rookie spoke to Simon Strang after competing in his first home grand prix at Silverstone

Justin Wilson Q&A



"It's a new circuit to me and it's a new car so I just have to learn. I have to see how things go. It would be nice to do something but I have got to take things one step at a time and keep taking strides forward."



"I believe I can get in and go pretty quick in most things, but in F1 that's not always good enough. I need to try and learn as much as possible and take in everything that's being told to me. Not only is the car different but the tyres are different as well. How you treat those tyres is going to be important and that's something else I have to learn. There is lots to take on."



"Every driver wants to beat his team-mate. I know how competitive Mark is and I think he has scored 12 world championship points so far. Trying to beat him is going to be very tough."



"No but realistically I just want to finish as close as I can to him and hopefully he will be in the points and I will be right behind collecting more points for the team. I'm not expecting that to happen but I'm hoping that that does happen."



"No. They obviously want me to perform as well as possible. I want to be as close to Mark as I can be. After all I am out there trying to prove my place as an F1 driver."



"I don't know why he struggled to be honest and I don't want to get into that really. I just want to try and do the best job I can and focus from all the positive sides from my end and just keep working away at it. I'm not even going to go into why he failed or even guess."



"The Minardi contract was a one-year contract with an option so in that respect there is no difference. I still have to perform and prove myself for the following year.



"There is always pressure. Whether it's from other people or even myself. Ideally I want to win, maybe not this year, but I want to score points. I don't think I'm going to win a race this year but hopefully I'm going to be more competitive."



"Yes there is a big difference in the teams. No disrespect to Minardi, we know why they can't employ the same amount of people and have the same infrastructure. Jaguar is very clear how it is set out and very clean and precise in its procedures. That is what you would expect from a big and very good engineering company."



"I won't be able to tell that until after I have done a race with them to be honest. I'm guessing that will be the case but to say that now would be wrong. I need to see how a weekend goes and see how I fit in."



"It's a step in the right direction as far as myself and my shareholders are concerned. It's a more competitive car and there is a possibility of a future there. It is not guaranteed."



"Yes, I guess if the team were looking to take me on for next year we could arrange something. I do have to think of the investors at the end of the day as well as myself. We have got to see how things go. The main thing for me right now is to prove that I belong with Jaguar."



"It was actually not too bad because of all the uncertainty and lots of different rumours flying around, the only thing I could do was say that I didn't know anything and just get on with my job. I knew some things were going on but I didn't really know any details. That was all down to my manager Jonathan Palmer who organised it and I just had to make sure that I did the best job I could that weekend."

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