Natacha Gachnang is ready for round two of Formula Two championship in Brno Wednesday, June 17, 2009 ? After an exceptional weekend at Le Mans, on June 13-14, Natacha Gachnang is ready for round two of the Formula 2 championship at Brno. Le...
Natacha Gachnang is ready for round two of Formula Two championship in Brno
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 ? After an exceptional weekend at Le Mans, on June 13-14, Natacha Gachnang is ready for round two of the Formula 2 championship at Brno. Le Mans was a big weekend for Natacha, as she reached the Formula Le Mans podium, finishing the race third for Hope Pole Vision Racing team and achieving a better result than her grandfather Georges did when he was racing in Le Mans (1960).
Natacha Gachnang is back in action now for the new F2 championship featuring 24 identical cars running on Avon Tyres designed by Williams Team and created as the ultimate feeder category for Formula One. A second weekend in the series for aspiring young drivers takes place this week-end at Brno, CZ in the 16-race season across eight different circuits across Europe. The series returns 25 years after the F2 last season.
From Aigle, Switzerland's 21 year old Natacha Gachnang is the only female driver in the relaunched Formula Two championship - she also hopes to follow her cousin Sebastien Buemi into Formula 1.
She said, "The announcement that Adrian Campos will enter F1 as early as 2010 is wonderful, and that I will be appointed a test driver is amazing. But I'm keeping my feet on the ground and will be doing everything I can to show great results for the rest of the 2009 season. The second weekend of the season starts here in Brno. I am optimistic. I know the track because I was the rookie for A1 Team Switzerland in 2006 here and I have been racing in Formula BMW since then finishing in fourth place on both occasions. In our first race in Valencia, I found that the championship is very tight with no real set order and minimal differences between the other drivers. Last week, 21 of us were on the same lap on some of the result sheets! I am also eager to experiment the set-up solutions prepared for race 2, but could not experiment as I was pushed off the track in my very first lap.?
Q&A - Natacha Gachnang
Q: What have you done since the Le Mans race on June 14?
A: Natacha Gachnang - After the race, the podium and the interviews and photoshoot I came back to the team's garage and thanked everyone at Hope PoleVision Racing for their wonderful help over the weekend. Then we drove back home with my father Olivier. From West to East across France back to Switzerland, is quite a long drive and I wanted to come home early to be fit on Monday when I had a physical training day planned. Yesterday I relaxed which is quite important and then we are off to Brno for F2. I have the impression that I never stop!
Q: What have you learned in Le Mans?
A: The Le Mans race is quite different, but it is important to get some experience. There is a rolling start, refueling, and driver change. It is all about team work. In F2, it is quite different and drivers are more independent. But it is very important for a driver to learn different tracks.
Q: What is your experience like in Brno?
A: I was here in A1 in 2006 and a Formula BMW race later on. On both occasions I finished fourth fastest. The track is great in Brno. It is one of the best circuits that I have driven. It is very technical, a lot of esses, chicanes, very fast turns, and very long downhill straights. For drivers who have never seen the track before, it will be quite an exercise and possibly a difficult track to learn.
Q: What is your take away memory from the first F2 race?
A: In Valencia, I learned how to handle the car and work in the F2 championship. Everything goes fast. You do not have a lot of time to think about what to do. It is a race against time. We need to maximize the race setup to get a good result.
Q: What is your goal?
A: Finishing in the points would be a realistic goal.