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GP Week : Issue 195
5 MINUTES GPWeeK: What’s your day to day role within the team, inside and outside of a race weekend? Are you spending a lot of time on the simulator, are you sitting on the pit wall learning about strategy? What are you doing? DAVIDE VALSECCHI: To be honest, it’s really good for me at the moment. The team is capable of winning races, and I’m learning a lot with the team. It’s a great step for ward for me. Last year, after winning the GP2 title, the next step is Formula One. I’m with one of the best teams in the world, and I hope to improve as a driver, learning from the briefings, hearing the discussions between the engineers and Kimi and Romain, doing tests during the season with the old car to make me a better driver, working in the simulator... Really, working for the team to do whatever they need. You seem to have suffered the curse of the Italians – you win GP2, but you don’t make the step up to an F1 race drive the next season. It only happens to Italians. You’re saying that Italians are unlucky? No, come on! [Laughs] No, I don’t know what is the story; it’s just I really hoped to have a place as a racing driver, but I didn’t have the chance. It’s fantastic that Lotus chose me as a reserve driver – they’ve given me the chance to learn as a driver, to improve as a driver, and hopefully to be the right one for next season. Do you think it’s better to be a reserve driver with a front-running team like Lotus than it is to be a race driver closer to the back of the grid? Good question! [Laughs] I don’t know. What is sure is that I really hope that being here will give me a chance for the future. Maybe in five years I will be racing here with Lotus, fighting for the top three positions in the World Championship. People who decided to race with Marussia or Caterham? Maybe next year there will be other drivers at those teams and they will struggle much more in the future. So it’s a bit... You’re playing the long game. Yes. And I really hope to have made a good choice. Because I didn’t have any choice. So when it’s only Lotus we were choosing, because we didn’t have any other choice. You’re not bringing budget, are you? You’re bringing your talent to the table, and that’s not always enough these days. The problem is that if I had it, I could spend it. But the problem is that in Italy now it’s incredibly complicated, so you cannot count on economic support. So you need to work harder to try to have a good place. Work harder, race harder... After you’re GP2 champion there’s no point moving across into something like WsR, is there? You’ve already won the series, so why step sideways? Yes, it’s a bit complicated. But for me it looks like I’m in the perfect position – the team is a winning team, and they believe in me, so I feel really great. And I really hope that the team stay on top this season, and that I have a chance for the future. We will see if I will be good and strong enough at the end of the year. How do you stay motivated with your physical fitness when you know you won’t be racing? Chocolate and ice-cream! [Laughs] You’re in the right team, then! In Italy we are really passionate about sweets, really sweet-toothed. I eat the sweets, and then I have to go to the gym! No, I think, every weekend, that I am going to race. It is for this reason that when I will have the chance, I will be fantastic. I hope so. I dream every night about it. You know why? Because every morning I wake up and I make breakfast. I make what usually I had last year in GP2, and I think that today is my day. Someone is ill, and it is my turn. During the test in Barcelona, when Kimi was ill and they called me, I was already there, already ready, because I was having breakfast at the circuit like a racing driver. I was thinking it was the right day to run, and I was lucky to have the chance. It is in this way that I want to approach it: thinking that every day is my turn. Also, you know why? Because if I relax, and they day comes when they call me, I will not be ready because I didn’t do anything. It’s tough, but if you want to be one of the top 22 drivers in the world, you have to suffer. It’s a hard life. Last year we won GP2, and this victory was enough to prove that I deserve a place in Formula One. I deserve to be a reserve driver. This year I want to deser ve to be a racing driver for next season. Let me do my job and we will see. I really like this sport, and I don’t like so much to look at all of the racing andnotbeapartofit.Butit’smyjob for this year. How many people are there in the world that work doing something they don’t like at all? So many. I do this because I have a dream in my head and I hope to realise it. 5 MINUTES WITH DAVIDE VALSECCHI Not so long ago, GPWEEK Editor KATE WALKER sat down with Lotus reserve driver Davide Valsecchi to discuss staying motivated in a role that doesn’t guarantee much track time. In hindsight – and given Heikki Kovalainen’s last-minute Lotus race seat – it is the most poignant 'Five Minutes with ...' of the season. 19 GPWEEK.com // 19 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: