With the 2023 F1 season over and attentions turning to the new year, broadcaster and podcast host Georgie Ainslie caught up with James to discuss what his and the team’s mindset is moving forward.
While we’ve not been where James or any of us would have wanted in the past two years, he believes it’s important to have a forward-looking mentality and “not lamenting what you once were”.
“If you have that sort of backward-looking mentality it can be quite depressing and likely to prolong the downturn,” he says.
“The sooner, on the other hand, you’re able to say ‘we are where we are, let’s not pretend we are deserving of winning at the moment. Let’s figure out what we need to do so we are deserving of winning and let’s enjoy that transition from what we deserve to be right now and what we’re going to be in the future.’
“The sooner everyone can be on that page, A the shorter the slump is and B the more fun it is, because the sense of growing momentum is deeply joyful and the idea that you’re building the things that are going to allow you to walk around the paddock with your chest out at some point in the future, that’s a really energising thing.
“As much as maybe the outside world might imagine this is deeply painful internally, and on one level it is, it’s also really exciting.”