The British F3 teams are heading off into Europe this week for the Italian leg of the 2006 series at the Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello, an event James Walker will relish. The Ferrari-owned Mugello track is a fast and flowing circuit set...
The British F3 teams are heading off into Europe this week for the Italian leg of the 2006 series at the Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello, an event James Walker will relish. The Ferrari-owned Mugello track is a fast and flowing circuit set in the Tuscan hills; the scenery is stunning, the climate is perfect and the track, with its sweeping curves, is fantastic. After a rollercoaster of a weekend at Brands Hatch, James has had a good break and is refreshed and ready to go.
How are you going to fare at Mugello? Will it suit your driving style ? Is it a track you know well ?
"I don't know Mugello well by any means but I've done my homework and learnt as much as I can about the track. The flowing nature of the circuit should suit us and I will have to work hard to get the rhythm right for qualifying as it is a very long lap. I don't think having not raced there will be much of a disadvantage as most of the other guys are in the same boat. The advantage I do have is that I usually learn new circuits very quickly, especially the good ones like Mugello."
There are three rounds and six races left in the 2006 Championship, namely Mugello, Silverstone and Thruxton. What is your target for the remainder of the year?
"There's no Championship to worry about now so we can just go flat out for results and enjoy the races. We know we can do well on the Silverstone International track and we had a very successful test at Thruxton recently which has given me high hopes of a great finale. I think we're in for some belting races!"
James will be on track at Mugello on Friday at 0930hrs for the first Free Practice session. Race one gets underway on Saturday at 1615hrs whilst race two is an early start on Sunday at 0925hrs.