Ralph Firman Q&A

Ralph Firman's short F1 career has been a fairly eventful one so far, but in Imola he had an untroubled race until engine failure stopped him a few laps from the end. Prior to that he was at least able to get some solid mileage in the Jordan, having done relatively little running so far this season, even with the extra two hours of testing on Friday. Adam Cooper spoke to him after the San Marino race

Ralph Firman Q&A



"We tried to go for more of a normal two-stopper, so we decided to start from the pitlane. But unfortunately we got stuck behind Verstappen, which was a bit of a shame. I couldn't get past him and he held me up by a second and a half a lap. Once I got clear I started to get a bit of a run going. I had a good pit stop and had a reasonably good pace. Fisi was behind me, and it was nice to see that when I'd done my stint and pit stop he was still just in front of me by a second or so, which was great. The car was reasonably good. I'm obviously disappointed not to finish, but I'm looking forward to Barcelona."



"It was great to get a bit of a run on. You start to get a bit of a rhythm, and learn a bit more about the car. I think after each race you do take a step forward - I certainly do anyway - just because it's lap after lap in the car."



"Physically I was fine, which was nice, although it's not that hard round here. It's just having time in the car. At the end of my second stint I started to turn in a bit slower and a bit earlier, made the car more stable, and started to get better lap times."



"On old tyres I'm doing reasonably quick times, but I haven't yet quite adjusted from old to new. I haven't quite the car how I want it."



"Yes. This weekend I locked up, maybe through trying a bit too hard. But you're just trying to get further up the grid. We had a good Saturday morning, and there was a possibility of doing a really good lap time, so maybe I just tried too hard."



"It was great for the team, but obviously I was very disappointed because I could easily have got on the podium as well, and I don't know when I'll get the next opportunity. But it was nice for the team, and it helps to have 10 points under the Jordan-Ford name."



"We were on the same strategy as Giancarlo. I had a really good car in the rain there, and Gary Anderson called it better than anyone, as he did in Australia as well. The only thing is we waited one lap too long with Giancarlo under the safety car. I came in just and filled up to 100% as the race re-started, so I was quite a long way behind him after that."



"We had a problem with the race car, a misfire, so we decided to come back to jump into the T-car. We were sitting in the T-car, fired it up, and then the dashboard went flat! And they were just about to start under the safety car. So I hopped back in the other car. They'd fixed the problem there - water in some part of the electronics - and we just got out before the safety car came round, so I didn't go a lap down."

shares
comments
Grapevine: Andretti May be Oldest to Qualify for Indy

Previous article

Grapevine: Andretti May be Oldest to Qualify for Indy

Next article

Ferrari Duo Dominate at Mugello - Day Two

Ferrari Duo Dominate at Mugello - Day Two
Load comments
The core problems Yas Marina’s long-awaited tweaks won't address Plus

The core problems Yas Marina’s long-awaited tweaks won't address

OPINION: Changes to the layout of Abu Dhabi’s circuit aim to reverse the trend of insipid Formula 1 races there - the promoter has even described one of the new corners as “iconic”. And that, argues STUART CODLING, is one of this venue’s abiding failings

How Ferrari offered Britain's next F1 prospect what Red Bull couldn't Plus

How Ferrari offered Britain's next F1 prospect what Red Bull couldn't

Last year's Formula 2 runner-up Callum Ilott could be on his way to becoming the first Briton to contest a grand prix in an Alfa Romeo since Reg Parnell in 1950. But, says OLEG KARPOV, the Ferrari Driver Academy protege is having to temper his ambition at the moment – outwardly at least…

Formula 1
Jul 25, 2021
The signs that point to F1's rude health Plus

The signs that point to F1's rude health

OPINION: Formula 1's calendar might still be facing disruption as the pandemic affects travel but, says MARK GALLAGHER, the business itself is fundamentally strong thanks to the epic rivalry taking place on track and the consistent arrival of new sponsors

Formula 1
Jul 24, 2021
The unexpected benefit of F1’s sprint race repeat Plus

The unexpected benefit of F1’s sprint race repeat

OPINION: Formula 1's sprint race trial at Silverstone drew mixed feedback on Saturday, but there remained the true test of how it would impact Sunday's Grand Prix. While fans were busy marvelling at Fernando Alonso's progress, a key lesson was being learned that would directly contribute to the dramatic lap one clash at Copse the following day

Formula 1
Jul 22, 2021
The off-track considerations that led to F1’s Hamilton/Verstappen Silverstone shunt Plus

The off-track considerations that led to F1’s Hamilton/Verstappen Silverstone shunt

OPINION: Formula 1’s 2021 title fight turned ugly last weekend when Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton collided at the start of the British Grand Prix. Verstappen thankfully walked away unharmed, but this had been a clash long-since coming

Formula 1
Jul 21, 2021
Will 2022's all-new cars look like F1's concept model? Plus

Will 2022's all-new cars look like F1's concept model?

Formula 1 provided its clearest example yet of what the 2022 cars are set to look like when it presented a full-scale concept to the world during the build-up to last weekend’s British Grand Prix. Underneath the special shiny livery was a design that hinted at the future, but teams will be digging into key areas that may reap differing results

Formula 1
Jul 20, 2021
British Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

British Grand Prix Driver Ratings

The 2021 British Grand Prix will live long in the memory for the dramatic clash between Formula 1's two title protagonists, which opened the door for other drivers to capitalise. One did so in spectacular fashion, while others fluffed their lines

Formula 1
Jul 19, 2021
How Leclerc almost defied Hamilton after F1 title rivals’ Silverstone clash Plus

How Leclerc almost defied Hamilton after F1 title rivals’ Silverstone clash

A poor start for Valtteri Bottas and the lap one clash between Formula 1's 2021 title protagonists gave Charles Leclerc a surprise lead in the British Grand Prix that he almost held to the end. Here's how the Ferrari driver came close to a famous victory, ultimately denied by a recovering Lewis Hamilton three laps from home

Formula 1
Jul 19, 2021