NBCSN pit reporter and insider Will Buxton checked in with The Marshall Pruett Podcast for a two-part episode, one chronicling his career retrospective and rise to his current position, the other focusing on the 2016 season as a whole.
We’ll let Buxton speak for himself on his career rise. Meanwhile, here’s a few interesting selected quotes from his recap of the 2016 season:
On Nico Rosberg’s World Championship victory, then retirement:
“Think of how much more he’d have to put into winning it… it’s actually pretty huge. The self-induced pressure he put on himself to come good. The fact is, he did it. I don’t know many of us age 30-whatever, who’ve achieved everything we want in our life. How many of us would walk off into the sunset? Probably all of us.
“Rosberg can retire saying in his last 7 seasons, in 4 of them he beat his teammate, was Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton. You can’t say the guy isn’t handy in a racing car. It’s fairly tidy.
“I’m disappointed he’s not coming back to defend it. He was a guy cocooned in his own pressure. I’d hope he’d have broken out of the cocoon to become a beautiful butterfly. We’ll never get to see that. That’s the great sadness; not knowing what might have been beyond.”
On “The Max Verstappen Rule” and Ferrari’s 2016 woes:
“It’s a shame it became known as the ‘Verstappen Rule.’ It was merely a clarification… for one, he never exceeded the regulations. Sebastian Vettel was found guilty. Max drove really well, but still has a lot to learn.
“Ferrari… They’re so scared of defeat, they’ve forgotten how to win. (on Seb) His dream of doing the Michael at Ferrari is fading away.”
On Felipe Massa’s magical moment in Brazil and (in theory) retirement:
“We were all in pieces. It was chucking down with rain… but that’s just as well. You couldn’t tell what was rain and what was tears.”
On Stoffel Vandoorne’s stellar debut in Bahrain:
“It was not a points-scoring car… he read the manual on the plane from Japan to Bahrain. The kid’s magic!”
2016 Season Review