Formula BMW Americas racer David Ostella has already arrived in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he will complete his rookie open-wheel championship this weekend running in support of the F1 Brazilian Grand Prix. It is the second time the FBMW drivers...
Formula BMW Americas racer David Ostella has already arrived in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he will complete his rookie open-wheel championship this weekend running in support of the F1 Brazilian Grand Prix. It is the second time the FBMW drivers have run in support of Kings of the sport, the first being the Canadian Grand Prix in June where David earned a podium finish on Sunday. Two races will run this weekend, bringing to a close the 2008 Formula BMW Americas Championship.
"It's going to be a very big event, even bigger than Montreal," Ostella said prior to his departure on Sunday. "It's exciting to leave North America to race yet again on an F1 track such as Interlagos, and it's awesome that the F1 Championship will be decided this weekend and we will be there. It adds drama and more excitement to the race weekend." As was the case in Montreal, the field is expected to grow well beyond its traditional head count as drivers from FBMW Championships around the world fly in to race in front of the F1 paddock."I am excited to face the new competition as it shows a driver how they fare against drivers from FBMW Europe and Asia," he said. "It's going to be much harder, but I'm just going to have to work that much harder to be up front. It will also give me a sneak peek at how the field could be at the World Finals."
Regardless of the result this weekend, the seventeen-year-old has already declared his rookie season a success. "This year has been great," he said midweek. "I have learned so much in these races that I know I am prepared for next year and beyond. I know I have completed some awesome passes, I've defended my position very well and I have shown I can be fast and run up front. I recognize my areas for improvement, and I work hard at them between races and during race weekends. It's just been a great learning experience."
Of course none of it would have been possible without a great support team, and Ostella is quick to note his once again heading to the finale. "I would like to thank Global Precast for their continued support over the years, my family and friends for their encouragement and of course Mike Roth, who has been with me since I started racing in karts," he began. "I would also like to thank Alpinestars for their unwavering support and equipment, and RAW Integrated Ltd. for designing a great website to keep my fans informed. At the track my engineer Nicola Sgotto and mechanics Daniel and Shawn have been great, along with the rest of the Eurointernational team and owner Antonio Ferrari. It's just been a fantastic season."