23 year old Londoner, Sam Hancock, is eagerly anticipating the final race of the FIA International F3000 Championship in Monza next weekend, where he will once again compete for the Jordan Grand Prix Junior Team. For the first time in his three-race programme, he will have prior knowledge of the circuit which, given the extremely limited amount of practice time available, should aid his progress significantly.
Following a very encouraging debut performance in Germany five weeks ago, Hancock's previous race in Hungary was hindered with serious discomfort and a loss of feeling in his arms caused by an unresolved problem with his HANS device (a carbon-fibre safety-collar) and his seat belts. However, having climbed to 9th in the race before the problems set in, he battled through to eventually finish 11th.
In the meantime Hancock's hectic schedule continues as he makes his debut in this weekend's Goodwood Revival Meeting where he'll be racing a 1950's Lotus XI. Arguably the most prestigious of "classic" car events, Goodwood attracts star drivers and celebrities such as Sir Stirling Moss, Damon Hill and Rowan Atkinson - all of whom contribute to the authenticity of the event by dressing in period costume from the '40's, '50's and '60's.
Sam Hancock: "I've certainly got a busy few days ahead as I try to combine F3000 testing commitments in Norfolk with qualifying and racing at Goodwood - the only way to achieve this is to race up and down the country by helicopter, so it's not all bad! I'm desperately looking forward to Monza though for so many reasons - firstly, the incredible atmosphere created by the circuit and the "tifosi"; and secondly, it'll be such a welcome relief to be able to go into practice thinking about the set-up of the car rather than having to learn a completely new circuit, as has been the case in the last two races. We should also have these discomfort problems solved so that hopefully I can really start to show people what I can do without any distractions."