Honda F.1 Racing Team confirm Mike Conway as a test driver, awards the 2008 F. Master Champion a Formula One test day. Trident Racing wishes to congratulate Mike Conway for being confirmed in the Honda Racing F.1 Team`s stable as a test-driver.
Honda F.1 Racing Team confirm Mike Conway as a test driver, awards the 2008 F. Master Champion a Formula One test day.
Trident Racing wishes to congratulate Mike Conway for being confirmed in the Honda Racing F.1 Team`s stable as a test-driver. The English driver, part of Honda`s Young Driver program, will enter a full GP2 Main Series season with the team owned and operated by Maurizio Salvadori. Thanks to a specific FIA rule set for 2008, a fixed number of test days will be made available to teams in order to evaluate young drivers, and Honda announced that Mike Conway will hit the track to contribute to a targeted development of the new car. Conway joined the Honda Young Driver Programme in early 2007, and proved all-year long to have successfully brought his high-quality skills up to the next level, after impressing in all the developmental series entered before. As a further sign of its interest towards young and talented drivers, Honda Racing F1 Team announced that the 2008 Formula Master Champion will be awarded a full test day on a Honda RA108.
Ron Meadows, (DS of Honda Racing F1 Team, head of the Honda Young Driver Programme) "We are very pleased to confirm today that Mike and Luca form our Young Driver line-up in 2008. Both drivers greatly impressed us with their performance and commitment in the tests at the end of last year and, after a thorough evaluation, we have decided to reward them with the opportunity to work closely with the team this season. In addition, we have today announced our new partnership with the Formula Master series and the opportunity for their champion to spend a day with the team. Honda takes its commitment to developing promising young talent in motor sport very seriously and we look forward to working closely with these young drivers and helping them to progress to the very highest levels of our sport."
Mike Conway "I am really pleased to be continuing my association with the Honda Racing F1 Team and very much looking forward to this year. I have already learnt so much from working with the team and it will be very rewarding to be able to contribute to the development of the car this year. I drove the RA108 in Valencia last Friday which was fantastic so I`m looking forward to the next opportunity."
Alessandro Alunni Bravi(Trident Racing Managing Director) "Honda`s decision to award the winner of the 2008 Formula Master Championship a Formula One test day adds substantial value to the series, other than representing a great marketing opportunity. In fact, young drivers know how difficult is to get in touch with a Formula One team, not only in terms of testing itself and getting a Superlicence, but even in order to meet with the team`s representatives and try to earn some credit. A prize like that can mean, for the series` winner, the chance to enter the Honda world: as we all know, Honda has a developmental program for young drivers, and it`s part of many leading motorsport series around the globe, including F.Nippon, the IndyCar Series, the WTCC and F.3. I think that the chance would be huge, though it`s vital to come to that moment in a perfect technical, mental and physical shape. Thanks to our experience in GP2 racing, we discovered that the most complicated issue for a youngster approaching Formula One is, apart from getting up to speed, having the right physical training and learn how to deal with the team`s technical staff. Trident Racing will work in that direction in F.Master by using the same approach successfully tested in the GP2 Series".