De Pasquale and Durango together in Auto GP Durango has confirmed its commitment to Auto GP. The Italian team, who has just been accepted by the FIA among the candidates for a place in Formula 1 for 2011, will be on the grid from the series...
De Pasquale and Durango together in Auto GP
Durango has confirmed its commitment to Auto GP. The Italian team, who has just been accepted by the FIA among the candidates for a place in Formula 1 for 2011, will be on the grid from the series maiden race in Brno, fielding Giuseppe De Pasquale. It will be an unusual duo because while Durango has a 25 years experience in motorsport with 5 years in GP2, the major F1 feeder series, De Pasquale has just a few single seater races in his CV, having raced mainly in Sportscars and GT racing. Anyway, the Pasquale has always been a very quick driver: on a Norma Prototype he was runner up in the Italian Sportscar Championship in 2006, while in GT he was 3rd in the Italian Gt3 championship. In his only outing in Fia GT3, in Oschersleben, De Pasquale was immediately on podium, confirming his talent.
His first contact with the Auto GP car was in the Magione winter testing in November, and despite his lack of experience with such powerful single-seaters, his laptimes were close to the ones of Marcos Martinez, a driver with a lot of World Series seasons on his back.
"At the beginning the Auto GP test in Magione was a gift for a good 2009 season and a way to give myself a new challenge, I wanted to see if I was up to the game. But then I was very quick, and the idea of a whole season started to be mouth-watering. I started looking for some support, and now I'm here".
De Pasquale knows that, coming from "closed-wheel" series, he will have to change not only his driving style but also his physical training: "In the last seasons I raced mainly in Endurance events, so my training was focused on stamina. Now, as the Auto GP races will be much shorter, I'm focusing on pure strength, because in the chicanes the car is very hard on the driver's arms. I'm also training my neck, because under braking and in the fast corners we will have big loads. In Brno, I will be ready".
Giuseppe has clear plans for his maiden Auto GP season: "My first aim is to gather experience, and to get quickly to the front pack pace. This means that I'd also like to win some races in the second part of the season".
Enzo Coloni: "In Magione, we were really surprised by the immediate feeling that De Pasquale had found with the car. So, we were really hoping for his debut on single-seaters with Auto GP and we are happy of having him on the grid. We also think that he did a very good team choice. The experience and skills of the Durango team will be very important to help him in mastering such a powerful car".
Enrico Magro (Durango): "We know Giuseppe very well because he raced for us in a F.Renault 2.0 car. He's always been very fast, in Sportscars as well as in GT racing, so we are sure that he will get used to the Auto GP car very quickly. We look forward to the first race now, because we strongly believe in Coloni's project".