In the round-up: James Vowles says he did not sleep for “days at a time”
Vowles up for “days at a time”
James Vowles admits that he did not sleep for “days at a time” last season due to the pressures of being Williams team principal.
Vowles joined the team from Mercedes as its team principal at the beginning of last season. The team jumped from tenth in the championship in 2022 to seventh last year.
“In terms of me personally, perhaps I didn’t recognise to an extent the weight that applies to your shoulders,” Vowles said. “We push things right to the limit and very late, there’s no doubt about it.
“There were times where I don’t mind admitting I wasn’t sleeping for probably days at a time, because the weight of a thousand people falls on your shoulders. But I’m confident that what we are doing is right for the future and that confidence is what allows me to get all of the team together and talk it through, which is what we’ve done over the last few weeks, and then come together as a group and end up with the car that has fired up, which is a momentous occasion.”
Ferrari junior Taponen has one hand on FRMEC title
Ferrari academy driver Tuukka Taponen extended his healthy championship advantage in the Formula Regional Middle East Championship to 50 points after a dominant display in the third and final race of the weekend at Yas Marina yesterday.
After Rafael Camara took victory in the first of Saturday’s two races ahead of McLaren junior Ugo Ugochukwu and Zachary David, Taponen led every lap of race three from pole position, leading home former Ferrari junior James Wharton in second with David finishing third again.
Taponen looks set to win the championship next weekend over the final three races in Dubai with a 50 point lead over Taylor Barnard.
Bilinski takes yet another FROC win
Formula Regional Oceania Championship standings leader Roman Bilinski added yet another win to his tally as he move even further ahead in the championship standings at Ruapuna.
With his sixth win from the first ten races in the championship, Bilinski now holds a 54-point lead in the drivers’ standings. There are two further races on Sunday.
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