Trident Racing is pleased to announce the signing of Mike Conway, who will be competing with the team in the 2008 GP2 Series. The British driver enters his second season of GP2 competition with the team owned by Maurizio Salvadori. Conway began his GP2 career last season, proving himself as one of the top rookies in the Series. Winning the British Formula 3 and Formula Renault UK titles has already singled him out as one of the most successful drivers from the British development series` and with his victory at the Macau Grand Prix in 2006 he has established himself as a leading British driver. In 2007 Honda Racing F1 team signed him to their Young Driver Development Programme. Conway, will join Trident Racing for the first test of the new year which will feature the new-for-2008 GP2 car, to be held on February 28 and 29 at Paul Ricard circuit in France.
Alessandro Alunni Bravi, Team Principal, Trident Racing, says of Conway joining the team, "The arrival of Mike Conway represents a really special moment in the history of Trident Racing, and a starting point for the team`s 2008 ambitions. He was definitely our first driver choice since the end of the season, and we did the best we could to secure his services. I have to thank Mike and his family, as well as Martin Brundle and Mark Blundell`s 2MB Sports Management for making the deal possible. We know that next season will be vital for Mike`s bid to build a successful future in Formula One. Trident Racing will do anything possible to provide Mike with the best technical material, and to help him in the best possible way. After the success he has already achieved on route to GP2, I`m sure he`ll have the chance to repeat in his second season of racing in this series".
Mike Conway says, "It`s great to have tied up my deal before Christmas and to be able to start the new year with all my plans in place, and to be joining Trident Racing for 2008. The team has a proven track record in GP2 and I believe we can be competing for podium finishes at every race weekend. Having completed my rookie season I have knowledge of all the tracks and the experience of racing at this level, which gives me the foundations to be competing at the front right from the start of the season.
"I believe Trident Racing will offer me the opportunities to achieve my goal of winning the 2008 GP2 Series. They have a high calibre team with the resources and experience to provide me with the infrastructure that I need to do the job on track. I`m looking forward to my first outing with the team in February, as well as getting to grips with the new GP2 car that we will be running there."
Trident Racing will announce Conway`s team mate for the 2008 season in the near future.
Driver ProfileMike Conway, born 8/19/1983 (Bromley, Kent, England)
2001: Formula Ford
2002: Formula Ford UK - 4th place in Championship
2003: Formula Renault 2.0 UK - 4th place in Championship
2004: Formula Renault 2.0 UK - Champion (8 wins, 9 poles)
2005: British Formula 3 - 3rd place in Championship (1 win, 7 podiums)
2006: British Formula 3 - Champion (8. wins, 8 poles)
2006 Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix - Winner
2007: GP2 Series - 14th place in Championship (1 podium)
2007: Formula 1 - Honda Racing F.1 Team Young Driver Development Programme
Q & A with Mike Conway
Q: You were one of the "men@#Q:to watch" in this winter`s silly season. Can you explain why you chose to join Trident Racing for your 2008 title bid?
A: We kept all our options open at the end of last season, testing with a few teams to evaluate the opportunities. I didn`t test with Trident, but obviously know their capabilities and how good their package is, and I know they want to win are always pushing hard to achieve that.
Q: What do you expect from this partnership and what are your goals for the 2008 season? I expect to build a good relationship, bonding quickly and getting on the pace with the new car. We`ll have to push to get on top of the car as quickly as possible, so we can be winning races straight away.
Q: In the 2007 season you had, for the first time, to deal with a new car, a lot of unknown circuits whole new environment. How difficult is to be a successful rookie driver in the GP2 Series?
A: It is quite difficult as a rookie in GP2. The car isn`t easy to drive, you don`t know the track and need to learn while staying focused. There`s not much track time so it`s not easy, but easier at tracks that you know, like Silverstone where my results were better.
A: I`ll still have a couple of tracks without any prior experience. The street race in Valencia will be new to everyone, and Hockenheim will be new to me.
Q: What about your driving style? What`s your favourite kind of racetrack?
A: I like all the circuits which are a challenge and enjoy all sorts, from the fast, flowing tracks like Silverstone and Spa, to the tight, twisty Monaco with its close barriers. I particularly like Turkey, one of the newer Hermann Tilke circuits, that was fun to drive.
Q: When and why did your motorsport passion started?
A: I started karting as a hobby when I was young, having been introduced to it by my Dad, as like many young boys, I had a passion for cars. I was quickly hooked on it and after a few lessons, my Dad bought a car. We didn`t have much money, so we put the seats down on our car and put the kart in the back of it to go racing. It was something to do outside of school and I got to spend time with my Dad, preparing the kart for racing.
Q: What`s your opinion over the great moment had by several young British drivers in the motorsport panorama?
A: I think Nico Rosberg was the first of the younger generation to grab an F1 seat, then he was followed by Lewis, and there`s also Vettel in there now as well. So there`s a move for younger drivers to reach F1 and GP2 is recognised as one of the prime Series to draw from. It`s great to see British talent coming through.
Q: You have two famous drivers like Mark Blundell and Martin Brundle in your management group. How important is their influence on your career?
A: Mark and Martin have a wealth of experience, both on and off the track, they`ve been around for many years, so they understand the way that motorsport works and are at every F1 race, so are on hand to give advice and support me at my race weekends. They are always on the end of a phone for me and we talk daily to keep abreast of plans and activities, and they have been very valuable to me in concluding agreements, such as this one with Trident.