Series interview with Fabio Onidi

Onidi aiming to overall podium If Carlos Iaconelli has a very special relationship with Race 2, Fabio Onidi seems to be under a spell that prevents him from seeing the second race's finish line. Up to now the Lazarus driver collected 4 ...

Onidi aiming to overall podium

If Carlos Iaconelli has a very special relationship with Race 2, Fabio Onidi seems to be under a spell that prevents him from seeing the second race's finish line. Up to now the Lazarus driver collected 4 retirements in Race 2, and this is really hampering a potentially good season: Fabio showed repeteadly that he is among the field's most competitive drivers, clinching 3 podium finishes in Race 1, the most important one as there's no help from the reversed grid. So, with a bit more luck, he could have been among the title contenders.

14 points from the lead, 38 up for grabs. Do you think that fighting for the title is still possible?

"Well, the maths say so, but actually I feel that given the kind of drivers we have in the championship, aiming for the title win with such a gap could be too much. Anyway I'll give it a try, and I'd love to end the season on the overall podium. That's a realistic aim, and I will do my best to achieve it".

A fuel issue in Brno, a crash in Imola, a driveshaft in Spa and a mistake in Magny-Cours. Just bad luck or something more?

"I don't like to think and talk about bad luck, you know, it's just things that happen in racing. A racecar is a complex machine, breaking a driveshaft or a fuel pump is nothing special. It's just a pity that due to this and to some mistakes I did, I scored no points in four races. That is really bad for the championship".

Who will be the hardest to beat among your rivals for the title?

"Grosjean is undoubtedly the quickest and strongest overall, while looking at the others I think that I'm on a par with everybody. I have to say that I was impressed by Tappy and Tambay, they really improved a lot in this season. On the other side, Piscopo's shape doesn't look so good, so I don't think he can win the title".

If don't get along well with Race 2, you really do with Race 1, the longer one. You already got 3 podiums...

"My relationship with Lazarus has a part in that. I raced for that team in 2008 and we were strong, this year we immediately got that feeling back. They are really good, we just have to improve in qualifying and find that little gap that we're still missing to catch the DAMS cars.

Also in 2010 you keep being one of the best starters around: tell us your secret.

"No I won't (he laughs). I have to say that I was always good off the line in my racing career, but with this car I have a special feeling. I think that I found the right way to start in the best possible way with the Auto GP Lola, and I'm not gonna reveal that!".

-source: autogp

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Series Auto GP
Drivers Carlos Iaconelli , Fabio Onidi
Teams DAMS , Lazarus