Ander VilariÃ±o (Epsilon Euskadi) is the first Spanish driver to visit the 2004 World Series by Nissan podium "I Don't Feel Like Alonso's Successor" The Hondarribia (Guipuzcoa) driver has been the first Spanish driver to step in the podium...
Ander Vilariño (Epsilon Euskadi) is the first Spanish driver to visit the 2004 World Series by Nissan podium
"I Don't Feel Like Alonso's Successor"
The Hondarribia (Guipuzcoa) driver has been the first Spanish driver to step in the podium in the 2004 World Series by Nissan. The driver is facing his third Season in the Series but it is not an easy one. The lack of performance in the Team, as well as the level of the drivers, has made it very hard to finish the race in the top 5.
As a result of this equally between the top drivers, the World Series by Nissan 2004 has had one different leader in each meeting. The leadership has moved from the former F1 driver Enrique Bernoldi to the Portuguese Tiago Monterio, and now it has come the time for the Finnish RDD driver, Heikki Kovalainen. What about having a Spanish leader? Vilariño is talented and smart enough to take this role.
Barcelona, 26 May 2004
Ander, you're undoubtedly one of the most prepared single-seater Spanish drivers in the prior to Formula One categories. Do you feel yourself as the possible successor of Alonso?
"No at all. The current F-1 is very complicated. I 'm the best Spanish driver of the Series so far, and I may deserve a drive in F.1 but the people in charge of my management before did change their mind. I was hoping to do something in F-1 already this year. Unfortunately these people is now focused in another objectives, and I'm now in the World Series, very concentrated in my Season. Fernando is Fernando, with his circumstances, and I am what I am, with my own circumstances."
The next meeting is very soon (Valencia, June 20). Do you especially like this track?
"Yeah! It's a great track. I've always had good results. I was on pole in 2002, the year of Zonta, and I was second in both heats. If not for the rules, I would have win in Valencia last year. The circuit's got just a couple of slow corners, but the rest is medium/high speed corners. I feel very confident there, in dry and wet conditions. And this time I really want to win!"
Your performance wasn't very good during the weekend of Magny Cours. What did it change then?
"The change of the weather was crucial. It was quite hot on Thursday and Friday. Then it started to rain on Friday night and we found that the track conditions changed a lot for Saturday's qualifying. There was no grip and it was very windy. Actually, we were quite far from the best lap in Race 1, but then in the second race, I found myself just three tenths of a seconds slower than Heikki Kovalainen."
Having a look on your CV I found that you must feel a little bit French--
"Somehow I do. I raced in the French Formula Campus and Formula Renault. I was part of La Filiere program, like Bourdais, Fukuda and Cochet, while Montagny and Servià were already in F3. I have a lot of good souvenirs from those years."
¿How do you value the merge between the Series of Renault Sport Technologies and RPM Racing?
"Personally I don't know were I will be next year. This agreement is historical, it is unique and it will change the motorsports situation forever. There may be 30 cars in the grid and it can be very spectacular. Besides, the Eurocup Formula Renault 2000 may be a great feeder for the WS Series. I think that the WS is now a fully consolidated product."
"This is a personal remark, but provided that the Bilbao circuit gets the FIA homologation, I 'd like to call the attention of the Renault Sport people and tell them that the people of Euskadi and Bilbao had putted a lot of effort in this project. If it happens, It would be a great show".
Ander Vilariño in the World Series by Nissan
Participation since 2002
3 poles and 7 podiums (1 victory)