Switching teams in Formula BMW USA Maxime Pelletier joins HBR Montreal, May 29th, 2007. -- 16-year old Montreal driver Maxime Pelletier and his managing team have finally decided to move on to another team for the rest of the Formula BMW...
Switching teams in Formula BMW USA Maxime Pelletier joins HBR
Montreal, May 29th, 2007. -- 16-year old Montreal driver Maxime Pelletier and his managing team have finally decided to move on to another team for the rest of the Formula BMW USA 2007 season and will join for the next rounds the Austrian HBR team. After his selection as a BMW Junior scholar last year in Spain, Pelletier was never able to materialize the hopes many experts expected from him. He qualified mid-pack most of the time and was probably the driver with the highest rate of overtaking throughout the season. While the scenario was the same at the first weekend at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah, a change seemed like the best decision.
"Last year, the training sessions were great, claimed Pelletier. But from the top of the season the results never came. We looked for many solutions but it always came back to the same point: we were lacking speed in qualifying and I had to start from far into the field. We had to change something after the first program at Miller in order to give me a better racing environment. It is my decision and my father approves. Now, it's up to me to deliver."
Feeling welcome at HBR
There is an agreement with the Austrian team of Peter Hillebrand and Rolland Wiltschegg for the remainder of the season. "I felt welcome at HBR from the first meeting, added Pelletier. This is a team that has its roots in Europe and they run many racing programs. They have won in this series and they have a wealth of experience. In Europe, they won a title with Adrian Sutil who is now in Formula One. I am sure we will be able to do well starting in Montreal. "
Pelletier wants to give credi to the team that took charge of his first season in F-BMW. He mentions: "I want to thank the team at Gelles Racing for their hard work since the Fall of 2005 and especially Bob Gelles, Martin Bates and Yvan Turcotte. We had to create a new chemistry and come back to a winning attitude that would enable me to race at the front of the pack."
Next stop : Montreal
For Maxime Pelletier, the next two rounds bear a special character because F-BMW will be part of the undercard at the Canadian Grand Prix on circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in downtown Montreal. "It is so exciting to race a few kilometres from home, says Maxime, on such a famous race track. I want to use my experience from last year and get into the Top 5 with HBR. I'm very confident we will have the winning elements."
Maxime will be part of the Canadian Grand Prix from June 8 to 10 for the second double header of the 2007 season.