Borja Garcia: "I don't want to think too much ahead and the momentary goal definitely is winning the Spanish F3 Championship." Borja, after the first eight races in the 2004 season, how would you summarize the first half of the season? So far...
Borja Garcia: "I don't want to think too much ahead and the momentary goal definitely is winning the Spanish F3 Championship."
Borja, after the first eight races in the 2004 season, how would you summarize the first half of the season?
So far everything is very positive and good, given what I have achieved so far this season, it's going very well. I made four pole positions, four fastest laps in the races, five victories, one second place and I am currently leading the championship with 82 points.
Estoril was a very successful weekend for you. Do you think you can continue like this?
Honestly, I believe so, especially since I like what I am doing and I am doing it well. I have a lot of confidence in my team, my engineer and mechanics.
After an almost two month break, could you tell us what you have been doing during the summer?
Basically, the summer was fun. I spent most of my time doing sports so as to keep fit for the race in Valencia and the rest of the season. I also tried to improve my English with classes, which I have to say are coming along quite well. I will be going to England for a couple of weeks after Valencia.
What can we expect from you during the second half of the season?
I hope to always be on the podium and of course, be able to win the 2004 Championship. It's a lot of work, but I am confident that we are going to achieve it.
During the second half of the season, who do you regard as your toughest competitors on the tracks?
I am convinced that the drivers who I will be confronted with in the fight for the championship during the second half of the season will be Manuel Giao and my team mate Steven Kane. They are top caliber race drivers with a lot of experience.
How would you describe yourself and your character?
When I am at the race track or working, I am very serious and concentrated. But when I am finished or outside of the track, then I am a funny and entertaining person.
For me racing is very important for my future. It is my work and I want to give it my best -- on the track and in the paddock. It might seem that I am sometimes too serious, but then you should look at me when I have just won a race, when all the pressure is gone. I really have a great time with my team and friends. I also like spending time with my team, Racing Engineering, that way I can learn everything there is about the cars I drive. I have to admit that Sanlucar de Barrameda and Costa Ballena are nice spots to do sports. They offer everything I need to keep fit. From a gym to biking along the sea, from sailing or jet skiing to running on the beach, or even a round of golf before going for a swim. It's all there for anyone that is part of the team.
How would you describe your driving style?
Very technical, fast, safe and aggressive. I think that describes it the best.
Who is your favorite race driver and why?
Michael Schumacher, because he is a hard worker. He is working a lot at any time to improve his car. Also because he is a natural winner in everything he does and because of these reasons I identify myself a little bit with him.
How important has your family been in getting where you are now?
To be honest, without my family and especially my father I would not be in racing. He gives me all the support he can and I am very thankful for that.
Whenever he can, he comes to the races with me. But apart from my family there have been other people around me, who are very important for me and have always believed in me.
What are your future projects and what will you be doing next season?
I don't want to think too much ahead and the momentary goal definitely is winning the Spanish F3 Championship. For next year I would like to move into a higher category. At the moment it is not so clear which ones will definitely emerge and be competitive, but I would like to continue my path up. Obviously a F1 test would be great as well, but at the moment I am really concentrating on the Spanish F3.