Raffaele Giammaria is in Budapest yet, on the Hungaroring circuit, to participate in the ninth and penultimate round of the F.I.A. F3000 International Championship.
The Italian driver prepared very carefully the Hungarian GP, one of the most demanding races of 2003, both for track's features and the heat. But Raffaele had showed to feel at ease on slow and winding circuits, like at Monaco, where Raffaele had taken a wonderful third place, the first podium in F3000.
"Hungaroring too is one of the tracks that unfortunately I don't know and I will have to learn as much as possible during the free practice in order to get a good result in the qualifying session.
The track is very demanding and I will have to face the race with attention. So free practice becomes fundamental: it's really important completing a lot of stints without problems to quickly learn the track".
Hungarian Grand Prix will be the first Formula 3000 race with compulsory pit stops for all the drivers and Raffaele Giammaria together with his team carried out an extra test session on Adria International Raceway (I) to prepare himself.
"Before leaving for Hungary, together with Durango I completed a test at Adria to try pit stops and all went really good. But it will be difficult in race, because we don't have any kind of device that prevents us from exceeding the 60 kph speed limit. Managing all the power of the Zytek engine is not so easy!"
The free practice and qualifying are scheduled on Friday afternoon, while the race will take place on Saturday August 23rd at 16.00.