Joey Zyla interview: The F1.01, Lewis Ellington, and driver contracts
Racing journalist Donald Buxton interviewed BMW Zyla F1 Team principal Joey Zyla on the inaugural season of the F1F Virtual Grand Prix Championship.
Buxton: Your team is one of only three that is yet to reveal their livery for the upcoming season. How is it coming along?
Zyla: We don’t want to rush it, we want to have a car that looks good on the track and in the showroom. I’m a firm believer that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but there’s no point in just doing everything as quickly as possible and coming out with an ugly car. We’re currently making very good progress though, in fact the livery should be done in a couple of days. We plan to reveal the livery, along with the team logo, this Thursday at the BMW Museum in Munich.
Buxton: There have been some rumours that your team is having trouble finding sponsors. Is there any truth to this?
Zyla: Well our partnership with BMW should secure our position in the sport for the first season but other than that we haven’t found much luck. We’re going to reveal all of our sponsors at the car launch in a few days.
Buxton: A lot of team principals have been calling Lewis Ellington “arrogant” and posting stories about him on the series website. What is your take on all of this?
Zyla: I don’t really believe much of it to be honest, I think it’s just a few of the teams see us as a major challenger this year so are just trying to provoke us. I wish they would stop but it’s not really too difficult to just ignore it and focus on the racing.
Buxton: Recently, F1F Virtual Grand Prix Championship CEO Nic Morley announced that teams would only be able to secure one of their drivers for the next season, and the other would be available to everyone else. Will this help or hurt you?
Zyla: We’ll really have to wait and see on this one. I think it puts more pressure on the drivers to perform, which could be good or bad depending on the driver. Ellington seems to be the faster driver at the moment but Beyer is younger and has more room for improvement, so it will be a difficult decision for us to make at the end of the season.