Carmen, are you looking forward to returning to competition ?
“I am really looking forward to getting out there. When you are a driver, you live for racing. Everything is done with motor racing in mind : preparation, nutrition, training…And it has been such a long time since my last race in September 2014 !”
What challenges are you expecting this weekend ?
“I am at Motorland Aragón to discover this form of competition and see how I feel behind the wheel of the Renault Sport R.S. 01. I have never raced with a closed cockpit car, so I am encountering a new world, and at a circuit that I have no experience on ! For me, it will be more like a full-scale test session to try to set the car up along with my team mate before then setting off to find the speed. It’s going to be a challenge, but an exciting one and one I’m looking forward to and grateful to have in front of me. I don’t know a single driver capable to refuse a challenge !
My last race was back in 2014 and I’ve missed competitive racing, it’s something I love, always have and always will. I was busy last year with several simulator sessions at Enstone which taught me a lot, but nothing can ever replace actual competition. I’ll go up against the best and I’ll do the best I can.”
What do you think of the Renault Sport R.S. 01 ?
“It is a proper race car with an incredibly dynamic look and performance levels that can match those of certain open-wheel cars ! I am still in the discovering phase, but its stability at high speed is exceptional for giving a driver confidence to exploit its maximum potential. I don’t need to tell you that I am impatient to get behind the wheel and to battle door handle to door handle ! Finally, the only drawback of the Renault Sport R.S. 01 is having to share the driver seat with Jordan when you are comfortable behind the wheel !”