After a topsy-turvy two weeks...Phil Giebler and his Den Bla Avis F-3000 team find themselves at Silverstone as spectators. Phil entered the 2003 season very short on sponsorship before an excellent opportunity from David Sears and Paul Jackson ...
After a topsy-turvy two weeks...Phil Giebler and his Den Bla Avis F-3000 team find themselves at Silverstone as spectators. Phil entered the 2003 season very short on sponsorship before an excellent opportunity from David Sears and Paul Jackson surfaced that would see Phil entering the FIA/F-3000 Championship driving for their top ranked/former championship team. Funding was first found for two races, then four and then an American businessman who was fond of F1 offered to help for additional races and all looked hopeful. Due to an injury suffered by Phil at Monaco, he was unable to compete at the European GP two weeks ago, outside of an abbreviated attempt at qualifying. A lot changed over the past ten days and the funding evaporated, at least for this weekend's round.
Fellow American Derrick Hill found himself in a similar circumstance and Sears was forced to make the tough decision of moving Kiesa from Den Bla Avis into Hill's seat at Super Nova and temporarily withdrawing the entire DBA team from the championship. Phil: "To say I'm devastated would be somewhat of an understatement, but I really don't want people to think I'm racked with despair. I feel pretty hopeful and somewhat satisfied...There wasn't much of a chance six months ago that I'd get to enter the series; I've done four races and a good day of testing thus far and we had good results, all things considered. It's not over until it's over, there are still three races to go and we are working hard at getting back in by Hockenheim. If it happens, it happens...If not, my career is not over.
I've gotten more onto the F1 radar by running in this championship. I've showed people what I'm capable of, I've learned a great deal and I've made a lot of new friends. I'm better off and in a better place than I was at the beginning of the season. If this is the last time I have a chance to comment on this very situation then I'm very grateful to David Sears, Paul Jackson, The Den Bla Avis team, Nicolas and the Super Nova guys. It was hard work coming in late as I did but they all dug in to help me feel welcome, help me learn and they worked their butts off to make sure we did as well as possible on the track...they are good people and run excellent teams. As I said. we'll do our best to be out there again before the end of the year...If not, I'll be back next season for certain"