Monaco: Robert Doornbos preview

MONTECARLO (Monaco) -- 20/05/2004 -- The exclusive Monaco F3000 weekend race takes place at the Circuit of Principaute on Friday 21st May with free practice and qualifying session starting in the early morning. Robert Doornbos, who has...

MONTECARLO (Monaco) -- 20/05/2004 -- The exclusive Monaco F3000 weekend race takes place at the Circuit of Principaute on Friday 21st May with free practice and qualifying session starting in the early morning.

Robert Doornbos, who has already achieved a podium with a 3rd final position in Imola at his debut in F3000, will be in action on the twisting streets of Montecarlo which represent the absolute highlight of the 2004 season. This charming surround that the Principaute offers is unique and for F1 and F3000 drivers the circuit is a true battle: perfection and extreme precision are the Key words.

The Dutch driver, who is actually lying 4th in the Driver's Standing with 6 points, explains his debut in the high value F3000 series, his team, the upcoming race and much more.

Robert Doornbos - QUOTES

The season has started really well in Imola because I finished on the podium in my first F3000 race! I've worked really hard during the winter on my physical and I spoke a lot with my engineer Rob Creswell to understand more and more about F3000!

The Arden Team is great! I feel really good since day one, and I prefer working with British people because they have a special character and if you're fast they stand really behind you and you get respect in both ways!

Also with the Lola F3000 I felt good since my first test in Jerez last November, it's a great car with a lot of power and it's the last category under F1, physically it's a very demanding race-car but I'm ready for it!

The Monaco GP is the most beautiful one of the season for F1 and F3000, because there is such a show and the circuit is very special! I've always enjoyed racing on street-circuits with F3 and I've done well in places like Pau, Macau and Korea! I've never raced on this one before but I can't wait to get going...

I hope to continue my positive qualifying performance and stay close to my team mate like in Barcelona. I hope for a bit more luck on race day compared to Barcelona and to score some points!

The championship, this season, had a tough winter but in the end it worked out well and it's more competitive than last season. Also with the introduction of pit-stops it becomes an even better steppingstone to F1. I'm pleased to be racing in the FIA F3000 Championship with Arden. It's a difficult series and I still have a lot to learn but I'm really pushing myself and everyone in the team to improve and learn as fast as possible!

Montecarlo circuit
"Circuit de Monaco", Montecarlo, Monaco
Lap length: 3,340 km
Total length: 150,300 km

Weekend race programme

Friday 21st May
09,00 -- 09,30 Free practice
10,00 -- 10,40 Qualifying session

Saturday 22nd May
17,00 Race, 45 laps

Don't miss the action live on track! Tune in to Eurosport and watch Robert F3000 car during the Formula 3000 Monaco Grand Prix, on Saturday at 17.30 (italian time)

-www.robertdoornbos.com

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