Q&A with German Formula 3 Rookie Rene Binder:
"I simply felt that this was the right step for me!"
Team Motopark Academy, one of Germany's most successful racing teams, is going to contest its maiden ATS Formula 3 Cup season with an international driver line-up. We talk to 18-year-old Austrian Rene Binder following his recent appointment as their new rookie driver...
Q: How is your feeling about your new appointment?
RB: "I am really excited to be racing for one of the best teams in Europe. Motopark Academy was extremely successful in Formula Renault and they were also competitive in their first year in the F3 Euroseries. I tested for them in Estoril and it was just perfect. I simply felt that this was the right step for me."
Frage: So what are your goals for 2010. Your team principal Timo Rumpfkeil is pretty optimistic that you can be in the top 6...
RB: "It is always hard to predict and I all I can promise by now ist that I will give my very best to meet the expectations of my team and my sponsors. The first half of the season will be a learning period but then I want to become more and more competitive. I would like to have some good races and deliver consistantly."
Q: Your driver line-up is pretty much international with Young Guns from Danmark, Sweden, Brasil, Angola and, in you case, from Austria...
RB: "Well, I am the only German speaking driver in a German team, so it makes sense to discuss everything in English right from the beginning. But in my opinion that's a positive aspect and good for my development as a driver. We will learn a lot from each other and push each other."
Frage: Michael Schumacher laid the foundation for his Formula One career in the German F3 and the last one to use it as a springboard was Williams new entry Nico Hulkenberg. So what about your personal career management?
RB: "The next two years will be very important for me as we will get a basic direction. Of course I am dreaming of Formula 1, but what comes first is a lot of hard work, on and off the track. I have made big steps in the last 3 years, which was good for my self confidence, and I am sure that, due to the new background, I will continue to grow. This is exactly what I love about my sport: To work with professional people and learn every day."
Q: You are spending a lot of time skiing in your wonderful resort in the Zillertal over the winter and you are still raved about karting. So is this your personal strategy for preparation?
RB: "Might be. Skiing is good for your balance and for cornering practice that's just a matter of fact. I have always loved to ski since I was a child and apart from that it is a good addition to my training in the gym. As for the karting I prefer to test in Lonato at the Lago di Garda. I was there last Saturday and my lap times are still pretty competitive."
Q: The most famous ski race is beeing held in your area at the weekend. So who are your heroes. Schumacher, Hamilton and Alonso or the Austrian Ski Team?
RB (smiles): "Well, I am a racing driver so I would rather make the first choice, but there is no doubt that the ski racers do a fantastic job on the 'Hahnenkamm' in Kitzbuhel. It is extremely demanding to ski down that mountain and there are some parallels in terms of skills and aggressiveness."
Thanks for the interview and good luck for the season!
-source: edi nikolic