Series interview with Adrien Tambay

Tambay: "I will give all, race by race" Adrien Tambay is undoubtedly among the drivers who impressed the most in this first Auto GP season: fast from scratch in the Brno debut weekend, the Frenchman then confirmed his great pace in Imola with a...

Tambay: "I will give all, race by race"

Adrien Tambay is undoubtedly among the drivers who impressed the most in this first Auto GP season: fast from scratch in the Brno debut weekend, the Frenchman then confirmed his great pace in Imola with a dominant win and was bound to succeed again in Magny-Cours, where just a fuel pressure problem prevented him from clinching a win in Race 1. So, despite the great quickness he showed, now he's a bit behind in the series classification, 15 points adrift from series leader Piscopo. Maths tells anyway that the title is still a possible aim for Adrien, and here is how he's going to face the season's next races.

You are 15 points far from the leader, but 38 are still up for grabs. Do you think about the title as something possible or you feel it's an unrealistic aim?

"Frankly I never thought about the title. And that has nothing to do with feeling up to the task or not: simply I believe that thinking too much about the championship can disturb a driver's focus, changing too much the way he races. My way is giving the best I can, aiming for the best possible result race after race. If you manage doing this, the results will come and consequently you will be fighting for the title".

In Magny-Cours you were really unlucky, did you go over that or are you still thinking about it?

"Well, in the days immediately after the race I felt like finished, I was thinking about the lost points, about what could have been if^a Then I realized that I did everything a race driver must do. I was quick, I was focused and I was leading the race in front of Grosjean, who seemed unbeatable just two weeks before in Spa. A fuel pressure problem is something completely out of the driver's control, so I decided to forget about it. The important thing is that everybody saw that I was quick: people who supports me at Gravity saw that, as well as journalists, and all the people who are following my career. Getting points isn't the only important thing, even if".

Even if?

"Even if it's very difficult not to think about the lost points. With the ten I was getting in France, plus the four that I lost in Brno due to a suspension issue, now I'd be just 1 point behind Piscopo. And everything would be much easier".

Anyway in Magny-Cours you got back the right feeling with your car. Does this gives you more confidence for Navarra and Monza?

"Absolutely. In Spa the car felt very different from what it used to and frankly I was a bit lost because we couldn't understand why. Then after the race the team worked hard on the car, they found the reason for that and fixed it, so in Magny-Cours I got back my 'real' Lola! Now I know that I have everything I need to push really hard in the last two events".

The next Auto GP race will start in 50 days, what are you going to do? Relax, train or a bit of both?

"Well I never stop training, I run and go to gym regularly, but with so much time before the next race you can relax a bit more, at least until you get three weeks from the race.

Anyway, that's not the case for me. Being part of Gravity I always have to be in my best shape because they could call me for a race with a short warning and I have to be ready. It happened with GP3 in Budapest last weekend, and it could happen again".

-source: autogp

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