Below are a selection of post race comments from a variety of teams and drivers regarding their French V-Prix.
Antonio Rossi (team principal)
"I feel like Puccio’s first victory has been a long time coming now, although it’s easy to forget just how young he is! I must credit both drivers today who both drove very well, Enzo was unfortunate with his mistake, but to his credit he recovered very well! We are now just 6 off the top of the Teams standings and we must keep pushing as a team to maintain this strong momentum!"
Puccio Giodano (#7 - Q: 4th, R: 1st)
"It is impossible to describe the feeling I have right now, I can only hope that this is the first of many! Today the car was incredible! No doubt we were the fastest today, we beat Franklin on merit! It really shows the progress we have been making as a team. I have to thank the pit crew especially who gave me a the perfect opportunity by getting me out in front of Wagner and from there we were able to show of the pace of the car. As ever though the time to celebrate is short, we must continue to develop and work if we want to stay in these positions!"
Enzo Domenicalli (#8 - Q: 3rd, R: 4th)
"Today, in the end, the result was good I suppose. As demonstrated by Puccio in the other car, the pace was excellent and if it wasn’t for a mistake in the first stint the result could probably have been even better for us. I would also like to congratulate Puccio on his first victory!"
Jamie Franklin (team principal)
"Not our best weekend by any measure, but given our recent luck, I’ll take the points and be thankful that we've closed the gap to Liverpool. We definitely need to perform better starting in Silverstone and claim the title we believe we deserve."
Enrique Ruiz (#1 - Q: 11th, R: 7th)
”Disappointing result today. Definitely could have had a better weekend, but was struck by a horrible illness on Friday. I’ve been fighting it all weekend, and a lot of my performance issues stems from that. The doctor actually advised that I don’t race due to my high fever, and for that I apologise the my fellow racing drivers, who I put at risk today, but I need all the points I can get.”
Elroy Wagner (#2 - Q: 2nd, R: 2nd)
”The pace was okay today, but the Rossi of Giodano did seem better. Unfortunately, when he got into clean air, there was no catching him. Had we had a quicker pit stop, we may have won today, but who knows
Arthur Lapierre (team principal)
'It was nice to have a promising performance at home, and it was a good end to our relationship with Vauxhall. Now, we need to look forwards, and with the start of our partnership with DS Automobiles our attentions turn to Britain. Adrien was impressive as always, and Karl did very well, showing just why we are sad to see him go.'
Karl Beckenbauer (#21 - Q: 9th, R: Retired)
'Today was fun. Until my engine blew up, I was quick, then I had a long walk to the pitlane. I'll miss these guys, we always had fun, and... (Adrien peeks over his shoulder, Karl laughs) I've got some good friends here, I'm looking forward to coming back in Germany to say goodbye.'
Adrien Simon (#22 - Q: 1st, R: 3rd)
'I thought the race was good today. I love being back at home, and it really helped to have the fans cheering. I'm looking forward to Britain now, especially with the new look of the team. Before that though, I go home to Bordeaux to relax and celebrate my home podium!'
William Ingram (team principal)
"I’m very happy with the result, on race pace our car is clearly slower than Franklin, Rossi, Liverpool and Downton so realistically 9th and 10th should be the target, so 5th and 11th is a good haul. Our lack of race pace is something we have to look into as it is concerning how we can’t convert good qualifying positions into serious points more often. Nikolai was 3rd after the first corner and a strategy quirk is all that kept him in play."
Nikolai Milkovich (#37 - Q: 5th, R: 5th)
"Very happy with 5th, the car isn’t the best – last year was definitely better – but 5th in this car is good. Always happy to fight but prefer if we stood more of a chance."
Jean Mattson (#38 - Q: 10th, R: 11th)
"Disappointed with 11th, but I just couldn’t find my way past Hoskins. Past him I think my qualifying meant that that would have been the best I could have done."
Bradley Downton (team principal)
"Another solid double points is a fantastic result. Obviously it's slightly lower than where we started which is a shame, but points are still good, and we extended the gap back to Ingram in fifth. We need to investigate this lack of pace after pit stops however, it's really holding us back at the moment."
Marcus Thunder (Q: 7th, R: 6th)
"Not a bad race for me. Finished higher than I started and beat my team mate again, so all in all positive. Disappointed not to able to make the move on Nikolai late in the race."
Nathaniel Powers (Q: 6th, R: 8th)
"Once again it hasn't quite panned out right, if I'm honest I'm at a total loss at the moment. My qualifying is probably the best it's ever been, but I'm just struggling with the car in the races. It's not the easiest beast to drive. If you find the sweet spot it's golden, if you don't it's a pig. Can I take any solace from eighth place and four points? Absolutely not, especially when I started sixth."
Harry Westwood (team principal)
"I have to say, going into this race I was unsure of our pace but a double points finish is useful, every point adds up after all! Hopefully we can keep this momentum and keep moving forward!"
Will Hoskins (#69 - Q: 13th, R: 10th)
"I feel like today was another solid day for the team, where our reliability is still holding strong, fingers crossed! Sure we had some formiddable pressure at the end from Ingram but we had plenty of fuel in reserve and were able to keep them at bay. But credit where it’s due, Tumo was the quicker man today."
Tumo Kinnumen (#70 - Q: 8th, R: 9th)
"The car was nicely balanced, the strategy was well executed, and we got a few points. It was a good race for us."
Ryan Peterson (team owner)
”It was tough to watch our drivers plummet down the timing screens in qualifying. We were expecting the car to perform well in the fast sections, but it never materialized. We do know, however, where improvements can be made, so we’ll stay focused for now and see how Silverstone pans out. Our sponsorship deal with German airline Lufthansa is incredibly encouraging, and we’re looking forward to unveiling some changes come the Nürburgring round”.
Felix Beyer (#91 - Q: 18th, R: Retired)
”It’s been a frustrating weekend – for all of us I think. We were well off the pace, and the car just didn’t seem to get to grips with the track at all. I hit Enrique early on when he spun, and after that it just turned to crap. The front wing was out of place, then the engine went. We’re most definitely looking forward to Silverstone instead!”
Hiroto Nakumaya (#92 - Q: 16th, R: 12th)
”I think it could be better. We have not so good grip for the fast turns. The straights are good but the balance needs work. It is very hard to chase cars this way. We are still happy though! The team is doing so well this season. We just need to keep working!”
Dick Diceman (team principal)
"I can see we are making some progress, but it’s very slow progress, and there is still a lot of work to do if we want to become regular point-scorers. But there were some flashes of promise today, and I still think we can improve our standing in the constructors championship."
Romano Agostino (#3 - Q: 15th, R: 13th)
"A race to forget. I had horrible strategy, and the car didn’t work very well. Hopefully next race will be different."
Carson Davenport (#4 - Q: 12th, R: 14th)
"We got a great start, but then after the pit-stop the car wasn’t working as well as before, and I lost some pace. But we are improving all the time, and maybe next time we’ll score some points."
Richard Peluso (team principal)
"We can only start our statement by thanking Scott Parsons for his service to the Meteor team. As part of a temporary development program, Meteor, as a team, have gained knowledge that we shall gratefully use throughout the remainder of this season. We thank Ocelot for allowing use to make use of Parsons’ services. Now, we look forward to welcoming Arden Hutchinson back to his race seat.
No team should ever be content with a result that does not fulfil a team’s potential. As a team we feel disheartened with our performances this season and this race, especially as our young driver Stuart Harrison still looks for his first points. More so however as we failed to take advantage of the home support for Meteor’s national race in France. We believe our car demonstrated much better pace in the early laps of this race when compared to prior rounds. We can only be disappointed with contact between our drivers as well as other drivers. Nevertheless and as with every other race, Meteor have gained knowledge and technical data, helping us as we move to the next round with the goal of better results and more success."
Stuart Harrison (#5 - Q: 14th, R: 15th)
"I can only be disappointed with this race. I put in some quick laps but to no avail. It’s really no good when the car is this slow and your teammate puts you in a spin costing you valuable track time. Sometimes I wonder why I didn’t stay in FV2! The cars were quicker than mine, I had a teammate who knew how to race and I had broadcast coverage when I was first, not last. This was an awful race for me, but I can’t help it. I have to hope the next race is better, from my perspective as a driver it can’t get much worse."
Scott Parsons (#6 - Q: 17th, R: Retired)
"I am very grateful to Meteor and Ocelot for allowing me to complete my three race stint and hope I can get back on track soon. Coming off the back of a points finish, to have a worse result would have been a shame, so I was particularly disheartened not to finish the race. However, I had great fun and some brilliant battles with the FUN cars. Even if it was not my best finishes, it was one of the most enjoyable races I have taken part in at a great track."
Rai Miyamoto (team principal)
"The race today, didn’t go as we planned, we hoped for another Spain but I think we got head of ourselves, though again I’m pleased with how hard the team work behind the scenes and hope to be able to better at the next one."
Judson Sikes (#81 - Q: 19th, R: 17th)
"It was a tough race today, hopefully we can pick ourselves back up for the next one."
Hugh Dwyer (#82 - Q: 20th, R: 16th)
"I thought we did our best today, what the car was only capable of doing, we believed that the car does have the potential to do slightly better however."