Interviewer: Congatulations James on your first World Championship win. How do you feel now that the season is finally
James: I feel like a ping pong ball! I've had virtually no time to myself since I got back from Japan, I've been doing
a lot of PR work for the team and flying to a few places. Hectic stuff.
Interviewer: Did you expect the British public to back you so strongly at the start of the year?
James: I hoped that the fans that had come to support me during my early days and when I was racing for Hesketh would still
be there, but no it's benn marvellous how everyone has backed me this year, and I'd just like to thank them all for their
Interviewer: Turning to next year how do you see the season going?
James: I think Niki will still be very strong and judging from the way Lotus finished this season I would think they will
be up there too. Jody has gone to the new Wolf team, so it'll be interesting how he'll do with Doc Poslethwaite and the guys
there. Otherwise I think it will be status quo.
Interviewer: How do you see your own chances next year?
James: I hope to still be competitive and to win some races. 've seenthe new car that McLaren has got lined up and it's
pretty impressive, so we'll see what happens.
Interviewer: Who did you look up to when you started racing?
James: Well before I was 18 I had very little knowledge or interest in motor racing. I just enjoyed driving the family
cars. It was just before my 18th birthday that I got to be interested in it, but I had heard about Jim Clark and how
good hew was. Same with Graham Hill and John Surtees.
Interviewer: How difficult was it to race against your friend Niki Lauda knowing he was your main rival?
James: Well we just took the mickey out of each other! Canada was pretty rough becuase of the way the press was stirring
things up over the British Grand Prix business, but other than that it was fine. We've known each other since our F3 days,
and we actually shared a flat at one point, so it was easy for us to get on.
Interviewer: One final question, have you thought about what to do after you retire from motor sport?
James: No not really. In the meantime I'm here and I'm racing and I hope to still be here in the future.
Interviewer: Thanks for talking to us.