Natacha Gachnang ready for F2 season debut in Valencia Wednesday, May 27, 2009 - The new F2 championship, which will feature 24 identical cars running on Avon Tyres has been created as the ultimate feeder category for Formula One. Designed to be...
Natacha Gachnang ready for F2 season debut in Valencia
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 - The new F2 championship, which will feature 24 identical cars running on Avon Tyres has been created as the ultimate feeder category for Formula One. Designed to be an affordable series for aspiring young drivers, the maiden season begins this weekend at Valencia, Spain with sixteen races that will take place at eight circuits across Europe, 25 years since the F2 last season.
21-year-old Swiss driver Natacha Gachnang is part of the line-up and hopes to have a successful season. Natacha is the only female driver in the re-launched Formula Two championship - she also hopes to follow her cousin Sebastien Buemi into Formula 1.
"I started racing when I was just five years old," she explains. "My father Olivier bought me a kart for Christmas and I was immediately hooked. For us, in the family, racing is a family story. Our grandfather Georges raced in Le Mans (1960) and now Sebastien Buemi is in F1 at Toro Rosso. I have been working my way up from karting, into F2 and now I have some very strong results behind me and am looking forward to adding to that in F2."
During the first F2 test sessions in May 2009, at Silverstone, Natacha Gachnang had the most track time, completing 94 laps in her new F2 car. "It was a good reward and a good way to end the first test day of testing. Overall, the weather prevented us working more on the car."
The first round is in Valencia, Spain on 31 May, 2009. Natacha adds: "For sure, the championship will be very tight. There's no real hierarchy as the differences are minimal. No less than 21 drivers were in the same second when you read some of the testing result sheets! I know Valencia of course. It is an interesting technical track. But it is not my favourite. Let see what we can get out of there. I am eager to discover with my engineer the limit of the car on this track. "
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 - Ahead of the start of the fresh formula Two season, a conversation with driver Natacha Gachnang Born 27 October 1987
Q1 When was last time that you drove a racing car?
My first races 2009 in Barcelona and Spa I have already a podium and we are leading the championship
Q 2 How did the contact with f2 happened?
We thought it was a rising formula and it would be worth the adventure. It is also a low budget, which is interesting and the car is excellent.
Q 3 Will you be ready for the start of the season?
Yes, I trained a lot on top of my first races. I just finished a lot of preparation with bikes.
Q 4 What do you think about the technical regulations -- the racing rules?
The rules are quite different. You have to analyze the regulations. Small things can make a big difference.
Q 5 What do you think of the F2 car? Have you had a chance to look at it ?
I only drove it on wet track mostly. Silverstone was a better test even if we did not make a lot of laps. The car behaves well. It will be a battle between the best drivers and the finest driving
Q How do you prepare for each race, mentally and physically?
Physically I train every Monday and Tuesday. I work on oxygen Mentally I need to destress and be in a relaxed invirement. I hope to do my best always.
Q Do you have any superstitions before a race?
No! But sometimes I have some habits -- I touch my father hands twice--before a race.
Q What is your most memorable racing memory?
Nuerburgring with Sebastien we were the two on the podium in BMW in 2005 I was at Kaufman Hockenheim 2006 with F3, a championship where we were stronger than The team leading the championship
Q When looking at the calendar, what F2 circuits WILL you enjoy racing at the most?
Brno because I started A1 there--
Q What circuit will you find the most demanding?
Brands Hatch because it is unknown for me
Q What kind of impact do you think that F2 series will make on motorsport fans around the world in this first year of existence?
My fan club is following on the web. We have up to 5,000 hits a day
Q From your testing experience, How does the thrill of F2 will compare to the motorsport experiences that you have experienced so far? It is really powerful and a bit more performing than an F3
Q Your best quality?
Keep my motivation to succeed
Q Your best racing quality?
Know to take quick decisions at the best moment
Q What you hate to do most?
Money in racing