Ocelot have released a statement in regards to the comments around their pace made by Formula Virtual commentators Harry Westwood and Bradley Downton. Both commentators are also Team Principle's in the sport who claimed that 'Ocelot are far too slow to compete and should be removed from the field due to their lack of pace.''
Ocelot Team Principle Rai Miyamoto had the following to say in regards to the comments. ''Frankly I feel these comments are rather insulting to the guys and girls who are working extremely hard back home in Japan. We as a team are aware that we are currently not the fastest team and don't need to be constantly reminded by two people who should focus on their own team's problems. It's very sad to here they believe we shouldn't be on the field, but if so this will lead to cuts from our factory and to many jobs being axed.''
''Which of course is something no one wants. When we entered this sport we aimed to be ambitious and we always have, we've signed two very talented drivers which a team like ourselves should not have in the past 3 seasons, yes this hasn't been the greatest move however we wanted to make a statement to the other teams that we will take their drivers. Of course this hasn't benefited us right now but Ocelot has an incredible heart and passion for this sport, everyone here want's to succeed and sure FIRST, North Star and Holmqvist have proved to be better with much less time but we are still young. This is all a learning curve, Ocelot will improve next season for sure, I can't say how much of an improvement but we are doing our best with the amount of resources we have. We haven't given up on Formula Virtual and we believe they shouldn't give up on us either.''
''Yes, we have made errors and mistakes, but imagine the history this team could have to go from the bottom to the top in say 3 years time from now? A Fascinating underdog story.''
''Like I said we look to people like Bradley and Harry to look at what they have achieved, we have respect for them but their comments today have chipped away at that which is unfortunate to hear. We were accepted into this sport by Nic Morley, who feels we are a valued team in this sport or would be, if we didn't belong he never would have accepted our venture. Yes we haven't done well in order to repeat but we are a plucky team with a lot of heart, judge us in 3 or 4 years down the line, Not now when we know we have made a couple of financial errors.''