Team 23 (finally) unveils the T23/1
This morning, Team 23-Cosworth unveiled its challenger for the inaugural season of F1F Virtual Grand Prix Championship: the T23/1. Team boss Andae d’Hazorme was very proud when the team’s first ever car was revealed. “We have worked very hard to finish the car in time and all credit goes to the guys in the factory who have been working their butts off the past two days.
“We would like to thank all of our sponsors, in alphabetical order: Airbus, BAE Systems, Boeing, EADS, Finmeccanica, General Dynamics, L-3 Communications, Lockheed Martin, Rolls Royce and United Technologies. We would also like to thank Bridgestone and Cosworth, and a special mentions goes to the TU Delft who were not that mad that their logo got squashed a bit in the car’s livery. Come to think of it, that’s a rather good metaphor for my education… though the TU was the squasher, not the squashee. But anyway, we’re really happy with the end result – it’s looks kind of sweet, actually.”
Driver Jean Mattson is hoping for a successful first season: “I would like to thank Team 23-Cosworth for the opportunity they have given me. I hope this will be the start of a long career and I can be as successful as Alain Prost. I have set my personal goals for this season and I hope to achieve them, for sure.” Mattson got involved in a bit of a scandal earlier this year when his team discovered he had secretly entered a snowmobile competition in Finland under the name ‘Kimi Raikkonen’, but Mattson says he has cleared the air with the team. “It was not a wise thing to do for me, so I apologized to the team for sure.”
Elroy Wagner hopes to build upon Germany’s recent success in Formula 1. “The last fourteen World Championships, eight of them have been won by German drivers. So obviously I would like to make that nine out of fifteen this season. The car looks good, the simulator shows it should be easy on its tyres, but obviously we will have to wait until Melbourne to see how the cards have been shuffled – obviously.”
The team’s test driver, Dutchman Jacinto van Slooten, hopes to be driving the car in a number of Friday practice sessions this year. “I am very happy that the team has made me their third driver. The thing I have to do to prove to the team I’m good enough to drive the car next year is to impress them in the simulator and on Friday practice sessions. I have faith in my own abilities, so it should all be cookie and egg.”