Ben Sulayem samples Renault F1 power
9 April, 2009
Question: Today you experienced Formula 1 power. How was this?
Firstly I must thank the Renault Formula 1 team for the invitation and the trust in me to drive their car. It is a big achievement to have the team here in Dubai and also at Dubai Autodrome. It is great considering we are having a Grand Prix in the UAE, namely Abu Dhabi later this year.
Ben Sulayem: As for being in the car it is a very tight fit, there is a lot of things that you have take into consideration and respect in the car itself. How it feels? Really you have to experience it because words cannot describe the experience. The thrill cannot be transferred to another person. In the cockpit you cannot believe how tight it is, you wonder how they can move inside when driving. But then you are strapped in and you have a choice: you do it or you don?t do it. If you want to drive Formula 1 then you have to put up with these things.
Question: What are your thoughts regarding the dramatic start to the Formula 1 season?
Ben Sulayem: The protest (regarding the diffusers) and appeal will go it?s course as we expected. FIA has proper stewarding and proper channels to tackle these issues. The International Sporting Code and Rules are there in black and white. You break the rules then you get punished. This is why you have a strong governing body such as the FIA.
Question: Focusing on track, what are your thoughts about Brawn GP?s early success?
Ben Sulayem: Ross Brawn is a very clever man and it is really no surprise. He has taken teams to the World Championship and know what it takes to win races. He also knows what it takes to be successful and he has interpreted the rules which are there, as I said, in black and white. If these rules are broken the measures are there to set things right. I spoke to Jenson Button and told him I had taken my money off him and he started winning (laughs).
The Renault Formula 1 Roadshow is in Dubai for the weekend with?with the show being held under the patronage of Mohammed Ben Sulayem. For the two days, 10 and 11 April, the lake and waterfront areas facing the Dubai Mall and Souk Al Bahar will be specially adapted to host the Renault Roadshow as well as the company?s Formula 1 Team paddock. Action starts on Thursday, 9 April with a curtain raiser at Dubai Autodrome.
The Renault F1 Roadshow in Dubai will include six shows in total each lasting one hour. The schedule is:
Thursday, 9 April – 11.30am to 3.00pm
Dubai Autodrome(Ben Sulayem to drive at 1pm)
Friday, 10 April – 4.30pm and 7.00pm
Two shows, Burj Dubai area
Saturday, 11 April – 11.00am, 2.00pm, 4.30pm and 7.00pm
Four shows, Burj Dubai area