Happy End Last Sunday, Nicolas Prost won the last race of the 2007 Spanish Formula 3 Championship on the Montmelo circuit near Barcelona. He started from pole position and finished more than 4 seconds ahead of his nearest challenger. This...
Happy End Last Sunday, Nicolas Prost won the last race of the 2007 Spanish Formula 3 Championship on the Montmelo circuit near Barcelona. He started from pole position and finished more than 4 seconds ahead of his nearest challenger.
This year, Nicolas came third in the championship and put in an-end-of-season charge, racking up 5 podium finishes in the last 7 races. In addition, he scored 62 points in the last 4 weekends compared to 33 for the champion. He can now look forward to the future with serenity and talk about his ambitions.
Nicolas, how do you feel about your last weekend in the Spanish F 3 championship?
NP: "It didn't really get off to a great start. Sometimes you go out and you're on the pace straightaway; it wasn't the case this time. But we did a lot of work and we managed to turn the situation around as witnessed by our win in the second race."
So it was your last time in the car?
NP: "It's true. I was a bit nostalgic at the start. I've been racing in the Spanish F3 Championship for two years, and I love the category. In addition, I've been fortunate to work with a bunch of exceptional people. Both from a sporting and human point of view these two seasons will be very important for the rest of my career. Finishing with a victory is a nice symbol."
You ended the championship in a fairly spectacular manner. If you'd been a bit more successful at the start of the season, you could have won the title. Frustrated?
NP: "No. I don't like looking back and say that it would have been possible to do better. I prefer taking a positive attitude and say that we ended the championship on a high note. I'm the driver who scored the most points in the last eight races and that's very satisfying."
How would you sum up your F3 experience?
NP: "I think I'm much stronger now mentally speaking. When a weekend doesn't start as I'd hoped I'm capable of turning round the situation. I also think I've progressed in setting up my car. And my driving's improved too. It's all been very positive, really."
Finally, what are your options for the future?
NP: "One thing's certain I can't think of a life without motor sport! Firstly, I'm going to spend a good part of the winter with the Al Team France, for which I'm the test driver. Then there are a number of very interesting opportunities on the cards for next season. I'm thinking them over at the moment and no decision's been taken. What I want is to race in a top-level championship with a good team at the wheel of a competitive car, which will allow me to fight for victory. I should know what's happening in the next few weeks."