Feature driver series: SOJ

Feature driver series: SOJ

Atomic F1 sit down with current GP2 championship leader SOJ
Q: What's the most memorable win for you in online racing, and why?
I've only been racing online since the start of this championship and I am really enjoying it, so firstly a big thanks to everyone for making it fun and enjoyable. From my very short career online I would say Bahrain has been my favourite race so far. It was so close all the way through the race between 1st and 2nd and to win it, I managed to have good consistency, made no error's and had great competition. Really enjoyable experience on the whole and hopefully many more to come.
Q: Describe your driving and racing style:
I would describe my driving style as consistent to a fault. I manage to get a good rhythm and groove going on a circuit and can sit in it without making mistakes usually and am always with in a few tenths lap after lap. This style makes it hard for me to find the extra time needed to take my speed to the next level, as I am reluctant to grab at corners or try different approaches, but I am working on this stubborn style and can only get better.

My racing style is patient and fair. I will try to put pressure on and only attempt to overtake if its clean and safe to do so. I like to think I'm difficult to overtake I usually put my car in the right places to make it hard to overtake but I am fair if I'm beaten. I don't want to ruin anyone's race or get any one angry as we are here for fun.

Q: What's your all-time favourite turn (or sequence) of the current tracks:
Beau Rivage, Massanet, Casino and Mirabeau at Monaco. Unbelievable feeling when you get it all hooked up on a qualifying lap as I'm sure most would agree. I also like Sepang's second sector. Getting a good exit out off turn 6 feels awesome when you are on it as does turn 7 and 8.
Q: As above, but which do you hate the most, and why:
The butchered first section of Silverstone. It makes the track feel like two separate circuits and is just horrid. No flow, slow as, awkward corners and boring. How can they get rid of Bridge and Priory. I loved that place now I can't stand it!...... and relax.
Q: You must choose a city for a new Formula One street circuit - which city, anywhere in the world, do you choose, and why?
Tokyo, but it would have to be a night race. The spaghetti motorways crossing over each other with car's going everywhere would look awesome! and you gotta love the Japanese fans.
Q: If you could choose one former world champion as your team mate, who would you choose and why?
Mika Häkkinen. Unbelievable speed and one lap pace, took along time for the team to make him a decent car but when they did, he matched Schumacher everywhere, and I think was quicker over one lap and a more humble approachable person. I loved his mentality. It was almost as if he said to himself. To be World Champion this is what I have to do. No excuses or doubt. He really gave it all he had, what a role model.
Q: Formula One innovations of the past - ground effect, active suspension, turbocharging, six wheels, the list goes on. If you could bring back one past innovation, what would it be and why?
I wouldn't bring most of them back as they wouldn't suit F1 today in my opinion. It's not really an innovation but I wish the manufactures were allowed free rein over the type of engines they could develop. I used to love the different sounds the engines made. I was taken to Silverstone in 94 when I was 10 and I will never forget the sound of Jean Alsei's Ferrari V12 singing along and punching the air as it changed gear. It still put's the hair up on the back of my neck and makes me smile even now.
Q: What current Formula One regulation would you most like to change and why?
Starting the race on the tyres you qualify on. I think you should get a choice and a fresh set of tyres for the start of the race. This would stop people sitting in the garage in Q3 and allow for maybe a change in strategy before the race. I don't think you should be penalised for being the quickest, and as it stands the top ten all pretty much do the same thing anyway, so what's the worse it could do?
Q: If you could pick two Formula One greats of the past (from different eras) to watch race against each other, who would you pick?
James Hunt and Lewis Hamilton. They are both exciting, passionate racers and are great to watch and both will always have a go.
Q: Just 19 of the worlds motor racing circuits feature on the current Atomic F1 calendar. You can add one more. Which circuit do you pick and why?
As much as I'd like to say Nürburgring Nordschleife, I have been racing that track for years and still can't remember it all. So I'd go for Laguna Seca. It would be great to watch the car's race through the Corkscrew.
Q: You are having a dinner party and can invite four people from the world of motorsport, past or present. Who do you invite?
You are having a dinner party and can invite four people from the world of motorsport, past or present. Who do you invite?
Bernie Ecclestone, James Hunt , Kimi Räikkönen, Juan Pablo Montoya. I love the finns cool calm demeanour and dry sense of humour, Bernie's brilliance (I know a lot of people hate him but he has made F1 what its is and for that I would like to thank him), Juan Pablo's passion (especially when getting hit in the head by a camera man) and James Hunt's huge personality, that would be a good night.

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