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GP Week : Issue 167
GPWEEK: How do you reflect on your first year of GP3? KEVIN CECCON: About the result, me and the team are not happy because we could have been on the podium more often, but we don’t have experience because, as you say, it’s my first year in GP3 and the team’s first year as well. And also we were a bit unlucky because apart from the podium in Monaco, when we reached third place, we reached the podium in Hockenheim but were penalised one minute because we put the tyres on seven seconds after the three minute board. We were unlucky because the choice was the correct one but we got the penalty for the seven seconds. What was it like to stand on the podium in Monaco earlier this year? It must be a young driver’s dream... It was a good result, especially the pole position because we made the pole in my group, so we showed that my experience and the team worked well there. It was a good result and of course to be on the podium in Monaco isn’t something that happens every day. Monaco is the most glamorous track and stuff like that, it was really, really good to reach the podium there. Was the podium being taken away from you in Hockenheim the low point of your season? Yeah, but also some other mistakes that we made, especially in Valencia where I finished fourth but was in third and crashed in the last corner. I think it was still a good season though. How does GP3 compare to other series in which you have raced, such as Auto GP which you won last year? For sure the categories are completely different, because Auto GP has 550 horse power, it’s a really old car, a Lola car, which comes from F3000, so it’s completely different. Here in GP3 it’s only 280 horse power with ground effect, and also it’s a new Dallara. I was champion last year so I can’t say anything bad about that, but for sure this year was good too. You’re also one of the few drivers to have driven in a GP3, GP2 and an F1 car. What are the biggest differences between the three categories? For sure the biggest step is from GP3 to GP2, because GP2 and F1 is not a big step. GP2 is a really fast car and also at some tracks they are four, five or six seconds slower than F1, so not a big step. But from GP3 to GP2 there is a big step, but next year with the new GP3 car this step will be much smaller. We’re here in Monza, at what some would call the home of F1, yet there are no Italians on the grid. What’s your view on that? It’s not good for Italy because 20 years ago we had something like eight drivers in F1 and now we don’t have any. But I don’t think about this. I do as much as I can and leave politics to other people. How important has the support of GPWEEand Sutton Images been this year for you? For sure Sutton Images and GP Week changed my image, especially at the track because Keith [Sutton], the Sutton family and Sutton Images have a really important background in F1. So it’s important for me, because now people in the F1 paddock will know me. What’s your plan for next year? I want to race, I don’t know where at the moment. Next year is still too far away. It’s too early to say something. I hope to race somewhere with a good formula car. We will see. The winter is still too long. Is your budget going to be the deciding factor? My budget is really low. This year I’m doing GP3 for the low budget, because as everyone knows I would like to do GP2. It’s not a secret. My goal for this year was GP2. GP3 was a good experience though. I tried to give all my experience to Ocean and we will see. Next year there is a new car so everyone starts from zero. How much has the lack of experience, both of yourself and the team, hurt you this year? For sure if I had had a team with experience I could have done better. This year taught me how to work with a team, as the first driver of the team because [Robert] Cregan doesn’t have experience because he came from touring cars, so he doesn’t have any experience of single seaters, and Carmen [Jorda] doesn’t have any experience at all because she went to America last year. SoIwastheonetohavetowork on the car and give my experience to everybody, also to the other drivers, so it taught me how to work with the team. 5 MINUTES WITH KEVIN CECCON Naoise Holohan talks to the GPWEEK-sponsored GP3 rookie afetr the season finale 5 MINUTES 21 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: