Bobby Issazadhe: This season will be the best Bobby Issazadhe is the man behind Performance Racing, Sweden's only international single-seater team. Issazadhe has led the Gothenburg based squad since its foundation in 1999. During the last...
Bobby Issazadhe: This season will be the best
Bobby Issazadhe is the man behind Performance Racing, Sweden's only international single-seater team. Issazadhe has led the Gothenburg based squad since its foundation in 1999. During the last decade, Performance Racing has competed in everything from British Formula 3 to A1GP. But since 2008, the German ATS Formula-3-Cup has been representing the squad's top priority. In the 2010 season, Felix Rosenqvist will be one of the team's drivers.
What will Felix provide Performance Racing with?
Bobby Issazadhe: Felix will provide Performance Racing with good results and, in the long-term, race wins and titles!
What has been your impression of him since you began your negotiations?
Bobby Issazadhe: We got a very good first impression of Felix during our day of testing at Valencia in December. Felix was well-prepared, 100 percent focused on the job and knew what he had to do. Despite some terrible weather, the team was pleased with what he did. We also had the pleasure of watching him driving in good conditions, later the same week - and were very impressed. We talked to Felix several times during the days of testing at Valencia and came to the conclusion that he is a driver determined to make a career out of racing - a driver worth committing to!
You have got a completely new driver line-up this year, with Alon Day as Felix's team mate. Both are F3 rookies, so, what are your hopes for the season?
Bobby Issazadhe: Despite both Alon and Felix being F3 novices, they have shown that they have got what it takes to win races and titles in Formula Renault. I think we will see a very positive development curve for both our drivers but they will need a few races to get used to everything. I'm hoping for podiums and maybe even race wins!
What will be the biggest challenge for Felix in the step from Formula Renault?
Bobby Issazadhe: Technically, it will be getting to grips with the very sophisticated aerodynamics of a Formula 3 car. An F3 vehicle produces far more downforce than the Formula Renault racer Felix has driven before. This, in combination with new circuits to learn and the fact he will be up against drivers with much more F3 experience, makes it a serious challenge for Felix.
In 2010, Performance Racing celebrates its 10th F3 anniversary. You have followed Formula 3 closely for the last decade - how does the German championship compare to other national F3 series?
Bobby Issazadhe: We did some races in German F3 as early as in 2003 and I have witnessed the progress first-hand, since then. As I see it, the championship has now evolved to a level which easily equals British F3 in terms of professionalism of the top teams and drivers. The Euro Series still represents the highest F3 category but as a result of very high costs, its future looks very shaky. At the same time, the German ATS Formula 3 Cup gets stronger and stronger every year due to successful cost control programmes from the teams and organisation. This season will be the best in many years and the racing will be closer than ever.
If you could single out one ingredient to describe Performance Racing's strength, what would you choose?
Bobby Issazadhe: Our strength is our experience and knowledge! Personally, I've got a lot of routine as a driver on both two and four wheels, but also as businessman and team owner. The combined experience and skill of the team's key personnel is our strength.