Willi Steindl: respectful but well prepared He currently is the youngest driver on the ATS Formula 3 Cup grid: Willi Steindl from Kirchberg, Austria. On 12th August, the rookie celebrates his 17th birthday - and already has got the experience of...
Willi Steindl: respectful but well prepared
He currently is the youngest driver on the ATS Formula 3 Cup grid: Willi Steindl from Kirchberg, Austria. On 12th August, the rookie celebrates his 17th birthday - and already has got the experience of 10 ATS Formula 3 Cup races under his belt. His review of the season to date describes his important learning period in Germany's fastest single-seater series.
"Quite obviously I had the willies when it had been determined that I would make the step to Formula 3 racing. After all, the series is regarded as the stepping stone and everybody wants to race there. Who hasn't heard of the Formula 3 achievements of drivers such as Michael Schumacher? So I had some respect for the adventure but on the other hand, I thought that I was well prepared, due to having contested the ADAC Formula Masters series.
I felt comfortable in my team, HS Technik Motorsport, right from the beginning. A feeling that was increased by the fact that my family is close friends with my engineer Sepp Sevignani - what makes me feel really at home. But, to be honest, I'm not really happy with my achievements in the season to date. The start was okay. We scored points in the season opener at Oschersleben - and continued doing so in the following races. But then came my disaster weekend at the EuroSpeedway. There, I really had my doubts and was incredibly annoyed. In the meantime, however, I have learned that set-backs are something you have to cope with in motor racing and that you have to learn a lot if you want to become a successful Formula 3 driver.
The summer break prior to the Assen weekend offered me the chance of preparing for the second half of the season and thinking about the races contested. Furthermore, I did not only pay a visit to my team in Vienna but worked there for ten days. These ten days were the most instructive days of my holidays. When I was back home I continued working on my fitness straightaway. After all, my home - the Alps region - provides me a lot of opportunities to do so. And I love the mountains. I always want to be absolutely fit, both mentally and physically. Therefore, I'm exercising several hours every single day.
And the remaining time is used for learning for my driving license. In Austria you may make your driving test at the age of 17. In addition, the new school year will begin soon. I attend the secondary commercial college in Kitzbuhel and want to make my A-levels, there.
I also spend a lot of hours on the tennis court and have been an enthusiastic tennis player since I was six. Before having entered professional motor racing I contested many tennis tournaments. My job comprises far more than just going out on the track and giving my very best. I have to prepare appropriately as I always want to be the best - everywhere."
By the way: Willi Steindl currently holds ninth position in the ATS Formula 3 Cup Championship. And in the ZF - auto motor und sport - Juniorpokal the 17-year old currently holds fourth place. Following the 2009 season - his year as 'Formula 3 trainee', the Austrian young gun plans to contest another ATS Formula 3 Cup season to then battle it out for the title.