F1F Virtual Grand Prix Championship founder and CEO Nic Morley has taken the time to answer questions to the media. The Australian multi billionaire gives his views on the number of teams, calendar, current season, engine deals, and more. F1F Virtual pundit Lenny McDonald conducts the interview.
LM: Nic, how do you feel the series has gone so far?
NM: It's gone well, its been a success and all the teams seem to enjoy it. We have had five different race winners in six races, its been a competitive season so far.
LM: Six races have gone by, ten rounds to go. Who do you think will win both championships.
NM: I think its hard to look past Nathaniel Powers and Franklin F1. They have done a fantastic job and I congratulate them for their success so far; they do have a hefty lead in both championships. Still their are ten races to go, Team 23 and Mathershaw Technology look competitive as well. Will they run out of time though?
LM: After the disqualification of BMW Zyla, eleven teams remain. Will the grid increase to twelve teams next season or not?
NM: Yes it will. I have been in contact over the last month with someone who has contacted me and has shown the most interest and dedication to the other candidates. The other guys I have been in contact with may be a little dissapointed to miss out, but I will think about increasing the grid even further in season three.
LM: So who is this twelfth team then?
NM: Both he and myself have agreed to share an announcement in the coming weeks.
LM: There has been a lot of talk lately on engines. What is your opinion on the engines built by Downton F1 and Westwood Racing. Also the arrival of Peugeot as a manufacturer to the series.
NM: I think its great for the series to have teams building their own engines, its a big step forward and I praise them for it. However it would be a shame to see and end of partnerships with other engines such as Ferrari, Renault and such. Franklin and Honda have shown the paddock these partnerships can work well. I am very happy to see Peugeot enter as a manufacturer. Kaz Armos is a brilliant manager and I think he and Peugeot will work well, I wish them the best.
LM: How about the calender for next season?
NM: There will be eighteen races next season. The deals are done, but again its in agreement these deals are announced in the next few weeks.
LM: Who do you think is the best driver in the paddock?
NM: That's hard to answer just after six races. I will say though Nathaniel Powers is leading the championship. However there are other drivers who have lost points to bad luck. Puccio Giodano will be a future world champion. He is only young, but has the determination, speed, race craft, and smarts.
LM: Thanks Nic for taking the time