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KillerBlue195

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WELCOME TO THE NEWS ROOM!
Here is the place for all your EPSC F1 gossip, comment and news. Whether you be a PRL legend, a podium challenger or a rookie taking your first steps in our league, this is the place for you to share anything and everything relating to the league.

Thread Rules
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[li]ANYONE and EVERYONE can post, whether you are Division 1 or Division 2, a reserve or full-time driver, experienced or a rookie. Don't feel shy or nervous, or that you aren't important enough. Every driver wants to hear from you.[/li]
[li]You DO NOT need an Organiser's permission to write a post in the News Room. Just go [/li]
[li]It doesn't matter if you don't have great English. Like we say, if you have something interesting to share with everyone, then share it![/li]
[li]Blog posts only! The News Room is the PRL EPSC's league blog. You can write in whatever style or whatever format you feel comfortable. This thread isn't for asking questions or for general chat though; this is for the stories at the heart of our league (that isn't to say you can't discuss and debate (or argue?) every post as it comes.[/li]
[li]Please write! A post only need take five or ten minutes when bored. There's nothing stopping you and every post can help make our league deeper, more exciting and entertaining.[/li]
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To get you started here's some potential blog post ideas:
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[li]The Rumour Mill: Do you have some gossip to share? Are you leaving the league, taking a break, thinking of switching teams, or even divisions? Or maybe you want to use scare tactics to gain a psychological edge over a title rival? Perhaps there's been a controversial incident or collision you're considering reporting? Spill the details here.[/li]
[li]The Winner's Post: Riding high after a sensational victory? In an intense title battle? Or perhaps you've just had a incredible performance in the most recent race- feel free to write a race report to detail your dramatic on-track victories. And why not link in some highlights too![/li]
[li]Race in Review: Just taken part in a gripping league race and watched all the highlights on Sunday morning? Offer a review of the night's action and maybe rate each driver out of 10 for some added controversy.[/li]
[li]Drivers In-Depth: Tired of other drivers just seeing you as a divebomber? Aggressive? Angry? Or hating you because you're too quick for them? Why not open up and write a post to let people get to know you as a person. Are you married, what pets to do you have, where do you live, what are your earliest memories of Formula 1. Perhaps add in some interesting facts and stories about your life too.[/li]
[li]Driver's Q&A: Don't what to write about yourself for a Drivers In-Depth post? No problem. Get your fellow racers to decide for you. Announce on PSN or on the forum that you're planning a Q&A and have other drivers privately message you their (serious) questions and then answer them here[/li]
[li]Driver of the Day: Each week we'll reveal Driver of the Day here. If it's you, why not follow up with a Winner's Post post?[/li]
[li]Comment: Feeling particularly controversial? Write an opinionated comment post about one (or more) of your fellow drivers. Whether you want to praise or criticise them is up to you.[/li]
[li]Analysis: Inform and engage your other drivers by delving deep into the racing. You could write a season preview? Mid-season review? Season review? Or a driver-by-driver, team-by-team, race-by-race breakdown of the season so far.[/li]
[li]Stats Corner: Do you like numbers and random statistics? Well, good! Spill the most interesting stats you managed to spot about yourself or anyone else. Driver who's been late most? Most penalties? Best race-starter? Or the good old favourites like most wins and poles- it's entirely up to you (specific information regarding fastest lap times, qualifying and race results for previous races and seasons back to Season 12 are available on request from an organiser. Just ask!)[/li]
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Your blog post does not have to be any of those listed above. These are just some ideas to get you started. So long as it's appropriate, anything goes.

Happy writing  :D
 

Macca

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Okay I'll start

From my credible sources, Smithy has overruled Agony and decided their teamname by himself! Smithy wanted something that reflected himself, we're expecting them to announce #TeamNoTitle as their team name in the coming days....
 

Macca

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Also another rumour from a credible source, Switchblade has reportedly agreed a cut price travel pass with the scooter driver to take him back to the paddock quicker after his retirements for the whole of S15. He got a special discount for being a regular user over S14
 

KillerBlue195

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RUMOUR MILL: TEAM BWOAH TO SPLIT?!

Sensational news coming out of the Team Bwoah camp today is that the Season 14 constructors' champions are considering a sensational split ahead of Season 15. The latest reports are suggesting that Macca is not at all comfortable racing in Division 1 and is considering making the transition to the newly-formed Division 2.

Macca would not be drawn on to the reports but left the door open to a split from Neyo, insisting all options are open. The British driver may wait until after pre-season before confirming his decision on where to race. After working together so effectively last season to seize the title in dramatic circumstances, it would be a damaging blow for the EPSC grid were the pairing to split up. Of course, any break in the partnership would see Team Bwoah forfeit their right to automatically retain their Ferrari car for the coming season. 

This story is one that is sure to unravel over the course of pre-season. Stay tuned for more details.
 

Michemery

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BREAKING: There are reports that the reigning champion and the Spaniard Carre have signed a lucrative deal with energy drink company 'Monster Energy'. This multi-million pound deal could potentially mean the PRL favourites are named after the drink.
 

RacingAtHome

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Bentley to join as a team? Wilson to create his own team? Will Jakeham Racing return?

The Rumour Mill is an exciting area in the world. And with everyone having nothing to do in the offseason, Bentley affiliate Jake Wilson will be looking to transform his poorly performing Sauber F1 Team into title contenders and what better a way to do that than with his manufacturer Bentley. Wilson has had a good history and has already contended with the Bentley Boys before achieving a win at Watkins Glen. Sauber already has a history of doing such a feat between 2006-2009 with BMW owning the team and achieving what many would call their glory years and coming close to the 2008 drivers' title.
Bentley already have a rich history winning races with drivers like Tom Kristensen at Le Mans in 2003 and coming second in the 2017 Spa 24 Hours with 2009 Formula 2 Champion Andy Soucek and clearly, it looks like they want to expand further with their first foray into modern F1. It is widely expected that this deal may be done closer to mid season than preseason allowing for an evaluation of the team before Season 16.

With the obligatory possible Bentley discussion over with, what really needs to be discussed is the team name. It's a shame that Sauber are unable to continue in the series and with previous season driver taking advantage of his mass fortune earned over the years, it seems that he will buy the team for a massively cut price and with the Bentley involvement and other new sponsors on the horizon, it seems that this could be a huge overhaul. At the very least for the first season, we expect Wilson to choose a name of his own and the decision is really between Wilson Racing and Jakeham Racing. Jakeham Racing already has some affiliation with both the Bentley team and other PRL series, it seems that will be the one Jake will go with as it's the one that has had 3 classic constructors championships and various other positive results. However, it must be said that Wilson Racing is the team name that Jake has preferred in more modern times in non-PRL sanctioned championships and will want to keep that stability. Also, in those other championships, the Bentley affiliation has remained so for a more realistic future, I can see that one being chosen as it is Wilson's more recent choice.

As for sponsors, we don't know. Although we expect the car to remain the traditional Sauber colours to celebrate their 25 years in the sport, sponsors are seriously needed. It is rumoured that Jake will bring in phone manufacturer OnePlus as gratitude for other failed sponsorship. Although they aren't likely to pay the big bucks, it seems that OnePlus is Jake's only option when you exclude the sponsors who have already paid for their involvement with the Sauber team. 
 

ibbopaul

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The Rumor Mill: If we can cram everyone else into division 1, I may be able to score at least 1 point in division 2.
 

Smithy

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Rumour Mill: Deki106 heard speaking negatively about title rival Ne-yo1993, Thinking the previous champion is washed up, and cant compete at the top level anymore.
 

Macca

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Qualification Is Upon Us

Qualification for Division 1 is set to take place this evening, with 4 spots at least up for grabs, 5 depending what Macca does. A strong favourite to qualify will be Grelofumy. Grelofumy joined at R8 in S13, securing pole in his debut race. Two other drivers to potentially look out for will be Kuba who is impressing in TT, and may have a potential drive alongside NeYo lined up. Switchy will also be a driver to watch, quick on other racing games, F1 2016 didn't suit him as much and he struggled for consistency. His pace already looks better on F1 2017. Several drivers have stated that would like to remain in D2 so it's up-to the rest to join defending champion Michemery and co in D1.
 

KillerBlue195

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ANNOUNCING THE SEASON 15 DIVISION 1 LINE-UP

Mercedes:
Michemery
Carre

Ferrari:
Deki
Cantera

Red Bull:
Stevo
Kuba

Force India:
Jume
Mcr

Williams:
Rikkurich
Yhyy

Scuderia Toro Rosso:
Gary
F1Racer

McLaren:
Smithy
Dearagony

Haas:
Grelofumy
Dannyy

Renault:
Switchblade
Light

Sauber:
KillerBlue
Liam
 

KillerBlue195

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KillerBlue 195's SEASON 15 PREVIEW

As Season 15 dawns on the European F1 PS4 Series of PRL,  it promises to deliver an exciting title battle as a number of changes are introduced for the coming season. A new car selection system has thrown up an exciting grid with plenty of evenly-matched teams making the constructor's championship impossible to call as we head towards Round 1. Likewise, for the first time in the league's history we are expanding to two divisions with a record 40 full-time drivers, battling it out for podiums and victories.

However, the build-up to the new season was not without controversy with concerns over potential delays to the start of the season with a number of damaging bugs and glitches disrupting the online performance in F1 2017. Even so, there is a great deal of promise around the coming season with new, faster cars holding the potential to ever so slightly reshuffle the order and lead new challengers to emerge.

An in-game change which is likely to have a big impact is the reduction of short qualifying sessions from eighteen minutes to twelve, meaning drivers will only have the ability to go on two runs, rather than three. It makes tyre strategy in qualifying even more critical, and, with strict rules now a full-time part of the league, places immense pressure on drivers to deliver the perfect lap from the outset with less opportunity to recover from mistakes and corner cuts on flying laps. Such a change is likely to favour the driver who is best able to clear their head and remain calm, even in the face of a mistake. 

In Division 1, a reshuffled driver line-up sees a large number of strong teams and, as mentioned, making an early call for the drivers' championship is anyone's guess. Reigning driver's champion and fourth-place from Season 14, Michemery and Carre, link up at Mercedes and, on paper, certainly look the most menacing line-up and are the most likely bet for the constructor's title. But inconsistency in races last season for Carre and a failure to convert a strong qualifying into a strong race result, could cause concern for the team heading into Season 15. Carre has certainly shown his brilliance in early time trial battles, regularly the top PRL driver at many circuits, but that is nothing new and questions will still remain over his race pace, while his teammate and reigning champion Michemery, looks yet to show his hand and a crash at the first pre-season race at Silverstone will not have been the start he wanted.

Ferrari look to harbour equal speed in their pairing with Season 14 rookie Deki, who blew the league apart at the back end of last season, finishing on the podium on all six attempts, including three victories, and Cantera, who, like Carre, has shown flashes of awesome speed, but has struggled to turn that solid foundation into sustained podiums and victories. A title challenge must be a priority for both drivers this season and anything but a top two spot in the constructor's fight must be considered a failure. Deki, for one, has proven himself, alongside Carre, to be one of the drivers to beat in time trial in these early stages, and given his speed at Australia, must surely be the favourite to win the season-opening race.

Three-time champion ne-yo 1993 partners PRL rookie Kuba at Red Bull. After a hugely disappointing Season 14 for Neyo which saw the then-champion win only two races at the season-opening and closing Azerbaijan and Brazilian Grand Prix, he will be hoping for much better this season after making the switch from Ferrari to Red Bull and will be expecting a challenge for the title. His teammate and rookie Kuba, who blew the opposition away with a dominant performance in both qualifying races, is a unknown to his rivals, and will be hoping he can spring a surprise and launch his own title challenge. Either way, podiums and victories have to be on the agenda for both these drivers.

The first of only two Division 1 pairs to stair together over the Season 14-15 close season is Jume and Mcr, formerly of Williams, who have made the switch to the pink panthers at Force India. Jume, a former PRL champion, had a dire Season 14, struggling at the opening race at Baku, only to take a sabbatical from the league and return with a string of DNFs and picked up only 18 points. His teammate, despite a promising start which saw him take his first and so far only PRL win at Bahrain, faltered at the season progressed and struggle to score regular points. Both drivers have a huge point to prove heading into Season 15 and must work to cement their place as podium challengers. Anything more has to be considered a bonus after a dismal Season 14.

Williams hosts an all-Finnish pairing for Season 15 with Rikkurich and Yhyy partnering up at the Grove-based team. Yhyy ended Season 14 high with a tremendous drive at Sao Paulo and will be hoping to build on that this season. Like their Force India rivals, threatening for podiums has to be the target. However, Rikkurich may yet prove to be something of a dark horse this season, having shown strong pace in the first pre-season race at Silverstone, as well as in sprints and time trial. A run for the championship may be too much of a challenge but there's no reason why race victories are out of reach for the former Manor driver, who impressed with regular points in Season 14, the highlights being a staggering drive in Singapore after an early pit-stop that dropped him to the back and a front-row start at Monza.

From Williams, we turn to Toro Rosso and the all-Irish partnership between Gary and F1Racer, who both delivered impressive debut seasons at Manor and Renault respectively. Both secured regular points finishes and, like Williams, will be hopeful of making the step towards threatening the sharp end of the points. With the strength in depth throughout the division, a fight for podiums will be a huge challenge however, but, with luck there's no reason why it can't be out of the question.

McLaren retain Season 13 debutant and one-time race winner Smithy, replacing light-e44 with Season 13 title challenger Dearagony. Both drivers were tipped as title challengers last time round but it materialised for neither. Smithy delivered consistent points to take third in the championship but that final step towards regular victories eluded him, while Dearagony struggled, arguably having the poorest season of any driver in Season 14. He will be hopeful of something of a renaissance this time around but with Smithy absent from the social race at Japan and the first pre-season race at Silverstone, their pace remains something of an unknown. A run for the constructor's title would have to be considered unlikely at this stage, with neither driver lighting up the time trial leaderboards. Race wins may still be a stretch and instead securing a top-four finish at the end of the season in the constructor's has to be the most realistic target.

Haas partners together two drivers who have had an on-again, off-again relationship with PRL, with both coming through the qualifying race to take their places in the top division. Grelofumy, a driver never far from controversy with his love affair with Dearagony, and Dannyy who took part in a small number of races at the back end of Season 14 as a reserve. Grelofumy in particular has shown podium-worthy pace in the past but inconsistency has cost him on more than one occasion. Regular points have to be the most likely aim for these two, but it could turn out to be a long and challenging season.

As with Haas, Renaut partner two drivers who had to qualify for Division 1 after failing to pick up enough points last season in light-e44 and Switchblade. Neither is a stranger to PRL with both having strong Season 13s but last time out was a struggle, for Switchblade in particular who failed to pick up points until an eight-placed finish at the final round. However, as Switchblade finally gets his long-awaited move to Renault, could it signal something of a renaissance for the driver and fire him towards the top? Like Haas, both drivers face a challenge if they are to reach the podium and, for now, consistent points is the most immediate aim, with consistency often the enemy of both Light and Switchblade last season, with the former initially determined to race in Division 2 until this decision was overruled by the organisers on account of his obvious pace in the qualifying race. It looks to be an interesting season ahead for Renault.

Finally, we come to Sauber, with the only other pairing besides Force India to stay together, in KillerBlue and Liamtsh, partners since the start of Season 12, now heading into their fourth season as teammates. It was an underwhelming season to say the least for the team who had secured back-to-back constructor's titles in Seasons 12 and 13 previously. Both drivers struggled to consistency threaten the sharp end of the points, with the opening half of the season for Killer, and the second half for Liam, blighted with problems. Now, forced out of their former home of Mercedes to pastures new at Sauber, the pairing will be hoping for a return to former glories in Season 15, with both showing relatively strong pace so far. A third constructor's title may be out of reach, but podiums and the occasional victory certainly aren't.

KillerBlue's Favourites for the Title:

Drivers:

Carre: 2/1
Deki: 4/1
Michemery: 9/2
Neyo: 7/1
Liam: 12/1
Jume: 12/1
KillerBlue: 15/1
Rikkurich: 15/1
Smithy: 18/1
Dearagony: 20/1
Cantera: 20/1
Kuba: 25/1
Gary: 35/1
Light: 35/1
F1Racer: 40/1
Mcr: 40/1
Switchblade: 50/1
Grelofumy: 50/1
Yhyy: 50/1
Dannyy: 60/1

KillerBlue predicts:

1. Deki
2. Carre
3. Michemery


Constructor's:

Michemery/Carre: 1/2
Deki/Cantera: 4/1
Neyo/Kuba: 5/1
Liam/Killer: 10/1
Smithy/Dearagony: 18/1
Jume/Mcr: 20/1
Rikkurich/Yhyy: 20/1
Gary/F1Racer: 30/1
Switchblade/Light: 45/1
Grelofumy/Dannyy: 50/1


KillerBlue predicts:

1. Michemery/Carre
2. Neyo/Kuba
3. Deki/Cantera
 

ibbopaul

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Wasnt sure where to post this but I did an excel spreadsheet with setups I'm finding for racing games, know some of you are too good at making them yourself to care but I always need a little help to test things and see differences. Still got loads to add so this is just a start, hope you can see it if like to.
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5cnAEEDfGQLcVpUbkR0emRQa1U
 

KillerBlue195

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KillerBlue's Division 2 Preview

PRL breaks new ground for Season 15 with the addition of a second division. Loaded with PRL rookies, and a few old faces, Division 2 is arguably tougher to call than Division 1 with only two pre-season races on which to judge the pecking order. After a hectic qualification race which say Kuba, Switchblade, Light, Dannyy and Grelofumy qualify for Division 1, the D2 grid consists of fourteen rookies with RacingAtHome, Ibbo, Fab10Fitnessless, DaveJaVu and Macca returning from last season and Stevo_F1X makes his PRL return.

The leading contenders for the title based on early running is arguably the Williams pairing of Stevo and Armytricks, with the latter having claimed victory in both pre-season races at Hungary and Belgium. Stevo meanwhile put in two solid performances to come home fifth and second respectively. If the early indicator is anything to go by, then surely Williams deserve the label of favourites for the constructors’ and Armytricks for the drivers’.

Ferrari sees Season 14 constructor’s champion Macca, retaining his seat at the team, partner another returning driver in DaveJaVu. With Macca attempting to make the switch to manual gears and DaveJaVu looking to bounce back after a disappointing Season 14 with Ferrari junior team Haas, Ferrari could serve as something of an unknown variable this season, despite both having plenty of PRL races under their belts, with neither driver having raced in pre-season.

Mercedes meanwhile partners JoeFane6 and Tigaby in an all-British line-up. With JoeFane having missed one pre-season race and retiring from the other, again, there are questions over the speed of the driver. Tigaby on the other hand, has shown impressive pace, securing pole position at Hungary and notching the fastest lap of the race by almost nine tenths of a second. Despite falling to third in the end, he has shown the potential that may warrant his labelling as a title challenger, alongside the likes of Armytricks.
Bravchik and Hugo link up at Red Bull and both have struggled for pace on early showings with a four place for Hugo in Hungary an encouraging sign but, at the moment, regular podiums may pose a challenge for the Red Bull team who instead will be looking for regular points in order to make an impression on the constructor’s championship. Consistency may prove the key to a successful season for Bravchik and Hugo.

Moving further down the grid, the Pink Panthers of Force India have secured the partnership of Darius and Eduard (also known as Cristiano). On initial impression, Force India may represent another team looking to hit the ground running with solid points rather than podiums. Cristiano struggled at Hungary to a DNF from a lowly eleventh on the grid, while Darius turned in an impressive performance a week later at Belgium driving from fourth to a third-placed finish. There is potential for Darius to threaten the sharp end of the points heading into the season, but the extent to which he does so is, as yet, unclear.

Robertsome1 and V5HRL team up at Renault in the banana car and solid points look to be in the offing for a solid partnership. A constructors’ challenge may be out of reach but V5HRL has shown promising speed in pre-season, securing fourth and sixth placed finishes in pre-season, while his qualifying pace looks even more impressive, with a front-row start in Belgium. Robertsome1 however is yet to give any clues to his pace with two DNFs. Much like Ferrari, Renault look to be a team who will be difficult to predict.

Toro Rosso is another all-rookie partnership with Emperor-RuB and Bellon26. Neither raced in Hungary and Belgium was a difficult race for Toro Rosso with eighth and tenth on the grid and Bellon failing to finish the race. Emperor did manage to secure and impressive sixth-place finish, albeit with a best lap some 3.1 seconds off the race’s fastest. Consistent points are a reasonable target for Toro Rosso this season, competing against the likes of Sauber, Renault and Red Bull.

Haas partners PRL stalwart and veteran, Fab10Fitnessless, with latecomer to Season 15, Oldskool3000 who is yet to race in the division. Despite a disappointing Season 14, Fab secured two positive finishes of seventh and fifth respectively. Oldskool is a total unknown however and it will be interesting to see if he can mount a challenge for points, wins, or even the championship itself.

The penultimate team on the grid is the partnership of Pipita and Xjari at McLaren. Both have shown promising pace with Xjari turning in an impressive performance in the second social race at Silverstone while Pipita turned in an equally strong race at Hungary with a second-placed finish. And while Pipita struggled at Belgium, finishing only seventh after starting twelfth, impressive race pace saw him notch in a 1.47.9, one of only two drivers to register a lap under the 1.49 barrier. Second and third-place starts for Xjari meanwhile, despite struggling in the race, suggest good things could be in store for McLaren this season, and a championship challenge for either driver could await.

Last but not least comes Sauber, with an iconic PRL partnership in Ibbo and RacingAtHome. The only team across both divisions, to stay together in the same car from Season 14 to 15. Regular points look to be on offer for Sauber this season, with consistency likely to be their greatest asset. A battle with Renault, Toro Rosso, Force India, Haas and Red Bull surely awaits for the team looking to bag regular points after a disappointing second half to Season 14.
 

rikkurich

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THE WINNERS' CIRCLE

This is a new segment that I am excited to share with you guys. The winners' circle will have short post race interviews of the podium finishers after each race. Questions concern the events that happened during the race or matters that are ongoing in PRL at the moment or in the future. Winners' circle is a place where you will get an insight on drivers' thoughts of the race, other drivers, own actions, along with other subjects.

I am happy to share this "reporter's job" if someone has questions they want to ask from the podium finishers after each race. Also, it would be great if someone from D2 is willing to do Winners' circle interviews themselves, as many would like to hear in depth analyzes of D2 races as well.


THE WINNERS' CIRCLE - AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX S15

Congratulations to podium finishers on superb showing at Melbourne on extremely difficult wet conditions! Also, I want to thank them for their answers and positive feedback on this new segment.

1st place: Jume_x

Q: After having arguably the unluckiest races of all drivers last season, how does it feel to be on top of the podium after first race?

A: "I am very happy to be on top. Honestly, I did not expect win in this track, so it is a good motivation for future races."

Q: How was your car setup working on full wet conditions?

A: "Quite good. I put +2 points in the aero, my intention was +3, but I do not know what happened. Also, I changed my front brake bias and ballast for those complicated conditions."

Q: With 5 Spaniards racing on division 1 this season, what is your opinion, is Spain the leading force in PRL at the moment?

A: "Carre and Cantera have the level to win races and Grelo and Mcr can take advantage of their opportunities, so yes, Spain is leading at the moment."


2nd place: Michemery

Q: What happened on the last lap where you apparently lost the Grand Prix win?

A: "Bwoah. Yeah, I was within 2 seconds of Jume but I made a mistake at the end of sector 2 and cut the apex which gave me a warning, and then I ran wide on exit which gave me another warning and a penalty. It's unfortunate, but I have to move on and focus on the next race."

Q: How was your car setup working on full wet conditions?

A: "Bwoah. My setup was working really well. I could keep up with Jume comfortably in the first stint but he was a little quicker in the second stint after we pitted. I'm not sure what happened to Neyo but I was about half a second a lap quicker than him, maybe he had a bad setup for the wet."

Q: Who would you say are the drivers who are a threat for you in the championship battle? If there are any?

A: "Bwoah. I expect Deki to fight for it and my team mate, Carre. They look the quickest and also Neyo is so consistent. Jume has already laid down a marker. Also, I think Cantera will be in the mix, despite coming 7th. Maybe even Killer and Liam as well. There are 6-7 drivers who can win this season."


3rd place: ne-yo1993

Q: Before the race you stated that Australia isn't a strong track for you, but you still managed a pretty secure 3rd place finish. Was that just talk or does this show that Neyo is still strong and not "washed up", as some have said?

A: "Nahh I was serious. My times were very inconsistent in practice lobbies or time trial. Australia is since a few year now a weak track but I can't really explain why. Knowing that, I was very happy to finish on the podium. A good way to start the season."

Q: How was your car setup working on full wet conditions?

A: "Not really well. I had too much understeer which was the reason why I struggled in the first laps. It took some time until I was used to the car in wet conditions. It was also just my second race in the wet on this game. So it wasn't that bad."

Q: Do you think you and Kuba will have the same success as you had with Macca at Ferrari last season?

A: "Yeah I think so. We never thought we will be able to match Mercedes last season but it turned out that the kombi Macca/Neyo was working pretty well. I'm kind of proud what we achieved last season and it's sad that Macca is now in D2. I know Kuba is a very very fast guy so I'm sure we can put Mercedes under pressure and even beat them. I'm really looking forward to work with Kuba."
 
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