Q & A with Celso Miguez With the Imola event one week behind, Celso Miguez is a reinvigorated driver. After the disappointing results of the opening round in Brno, the Italian weekend gave the Spaniard and RP Motorsport a double gratification....
Q & A with Celso Miguez
With the Imola event one week behind, Celso Miguez is a reinvigorated driver. After the disappointing results of the opening round in Brno, the Italian weekend gave the Spaniard and RP Motorsport a double gratification. In Race 1 they got the first point of the season thanks to an eight place, while in the second race Miguez clinched second position, getting a well deserved podium finish after a breath-taking race. So here are Celso's aims for the series now.
One week has passed from your great Imola weekend. Now that you had the time to think over it, what are your feelings?
"I feel that Imola is exactly what we, me and the team, needed to go on, to keep working and improving. Compared to Brno it's a huge step ahead, but this doesn't mean that we are on a par with the frontrunners. They are still ahead, and there's a lot of work to do to catch them. The good thing is that we have a clear idea of what to do!".
Your second race on the "Enzo and Dino Ferrari" circuit was breathless, you were under pressure from flag to flag but you boasted an impressive and faultless drive. Did the Spanish fans praised you?
"First of all, I praised myself. I've seen the race on TV and it felt as mad as it was from the cockpit. I think I was really good because Tappy is both fast and experienced, and he was in my slipstream for the whole race; at some point in the race we were even side by side and we were like that also on the finish line! This shows what an hard task was to keep him behind, I had to drive on a defensive line and without any mistake. In Spain my result had a great coverage, a lot of people saw the race on Tv and the press played it up a lot. I had a lot of congratulation calls, it feels good after working so hard".
You said that the team has a clear idea of where you can improve. What are the key points?
"Basically it's a matter of setup. In Imola after the first testing session I was 2nd and things were looking good, then we did some wrong choices with the car settings. When we realized that, it was already too late, but now we believe we have found the right solution, so we're waiting for Spa to try it on track. I'm looking forward to it because I feel that with the right set-up we will be steadily among the front pack. In Imola my car wasn't good enough for a podium finish and I was second, so I'm wondering what could I do with a perfect car!".
In Imola you also won 12.500 euros, a prize money first taste for you. What's the feeling knowing that you can win money thanks to your results?
"Frankly, I didn't think about it during the weekend. I gave everything I could for myself and for the team, because the RP guys are really doing their best and they deserve my full commitment, so the prize money wasn't on my mind. Then, when I was going home I thought a bit about it and I realized that I was getting money for the weekend's fifth place. It's a strange and new feeling, because I never got money for my result! It's a big help, and I hope I will win some more during the season".
-source: auto gp