Now let?s hear Yamamoto’s review about the previous season courtesy of MotorSport.com:
Q: It?s been quite an unusual season for you, not least because you switched from GP2 to F1 in the middle of it. How would you sum up the year?
Sakon Yamamoto: This year was quite a variable season for me! At the beginning of the season I was a test driver for Aguri, and I raced in GP2 as a way to come back to F1. And I got a chance. The team was different, but it was a good opportunity to join with Spyker, and I really appreciated that they give me a good chance to drive in F1. I joined from Hungary, so in total I did seven races. In the first one in Hungary and the last one in Brazil I retired, but the other five races I finished. I tried as hard as I could and I really appreciate everybody who supported me, the team members and sponsors. So I really want to say thank you for a great season.
Q: How difficult was it to come back to F1 with a different team and no testing?
SY: At the first race in Hungary everything was really new, but at least I had experience from last year, so therefore for me it wasn’t as tough as 2006. Last year I joined F1 during the season, and I didn?t know anything. But this year I at least had that experience of seven races, and I knew how I should work with an F1 team, and that experience helped me a lot.
Q: How much did the situation improve when you got the B-spec car?
SY: The B-spec car was better than the A-spec, it was a big improvement. For me driving was much easier than before, and I also I could try to really push to get good results for the team.
Q: You didn?t have much luck in qualifying. Was that frustrating?
SY: During the season I can say I had really bad luck to try to get good lap times, things like traffic, some accidents. But that’s motor racing, and I believe that if something bad happens, next day it can be good again, so I didn?t worry about it so much. I just tried to concentrate on my job.
Q: Which race were you most happy with?
SY: I was really happy with the Japanese GP, because it was my home race, and it was the toughest conditions. I had a good result. But my target was always to get nearer the front, and I had hoped to do that in the final race in Brazil!
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