Bizzarri: "I'm improving session after session" With the 20 year-old mark just behind his shoulder (his birthday was on March 30), Stefano Bizzarri is among the Auto GP younger drivers. After competing in European F3 Open in 2009, finishing 3rd...
Bizzarri: "I'm improving session after session"
With the 20 year-old mark just behind his shoulder (his birthday was on March 30), Stefano Bizzarri is among the Auto GP younger drivers. After competing in European F3 Open in 2009, finishing 3rd behind his actual team mate Celso Miguez, Stefano decided to take a huge step ahead by jumping in the Auto GP car. With nearly double the power under his right foot, Bizzarri knows that 2010 must be a learning year to prepare for the next season, when he will have the experience to be a title contender.
So Stefano, what's the balance after two events?
"I have a very clear vision on what my aims are for this season, and I think that everything is going as planned. What I wanted was being able to improve steadily and that's what is happening. Everytime I get on track I feel more at ease with the car and as the feeling improves I can push harder. In Imola, having done a testing day the week before the race, I was hoping for a better result; I was disappointed at first, but then I realized that everything will come together at the right moment. My competitors are racing on very powerful cars from a long time, it's too early to be on a par with them. Furthermore, also the team is at his first year with this car, so they still have to work to make the most of it. I growed up as a driver with RP Motorsport, and being in Auto GP with them, learning the car together, feels very natural".
Does racing against renowned drivers gives you particular feelings? Who impressed you the most?
"No, the top drivers are all very impressive, and to me they all are on the same (very high) level. I feel that racing against such talented drivers is really good for me, because the are a perfect benchmark. Every tenth I gain on them is one tenth gained on the best racers around, and this is very motivating".
Your feeling with the car is getting better and better, where do you feel you still have a lot of room for improvement? An is there something that was easier than you expected?
"Finding a good base feeling with the car was easier than I expected, considering that it has 300 bhp more than the F3 I was driving last year. Obviously, using every bit of its performance is a different thing and I'm working on it. With F3 the most important thing was carrying speed through the corner, because with such poor power every kph lost there was going to cost me a lot on the following straights. Auto GP is a very different beast because with all that power the most important thing is getting on the throttle as soon as possible. Getting used to it is not easy, and I'm still learning".
From F3 to Auto GP the physical stress is also higher. Are you training for that?
"Yes, I immediately realized that being well trained was vital to make the most of the Auto GP car, particularly in the final stages of the race, when you start to feel tired. Compared to what I was used to Auto GP is heavier, harder on the arms and on the neck, mainly under acceleration and braking. That's why I'm training with Dr. Stefano D'Elia, both physically and mentally. Racing at this level, every detail can be very important". Best Regards
-source: auto gp