|Sunday, 10 July 2011 11:25|
I was 9 years old when I had my first Go Kart Race I was just a little skinny curly head skimp basically and I didn’t win my first race I came second last so it does take time. So for all you young kids out there who are just starting off (in kart racing) don’t get too down if you don’t win straight away, it did take me quite a bit of time to get up there.
It was all a bit of fun back then and you go up the ranks and start going over to the East (Australia) in go karting, going to Melbourne and Sydney to some bigger races and that’s when it starts to get more serious and that’s when you want to start to push it to the next level.
Its cool you know, it’s a bit of a surreal feeling, I never thought I would be on the same grid competitively as Michael Schumacher for example that’s a bit of a spin out you know I’ve watched him for so many years when I was young so there are a few little things that I need to pinch myself every now and again.
I’m very proud, and by the sounds of it quite a few people back home are proud which is nice to know, I think I’m the first formula 1 driver from Perth Western Australia which is another cool little thing. It’s good with all the support back home and I think the interest in Formula one is growing a lot and now with myself on the grid I’m sure its going to push it up a little bit higher in Australia.
And Mark (Webber) has been a role model for myself and I think that as one of the Australian drivers he has proved to us that we can go to Europe and get it done. He’s always there for me to pick the phone up and give him a call and I try not to take up too much of his time, I know that he’s got his own priorities but he is always willing to help me out which is nice.
Now we are both on the grid which is cool and I think its awesome for Australia to have two guys up there but for now I think we will be at different ends of the field but the main thing is that we are on there and hopefully get a few more Australian flags in the crowd.
One day the big aim for me is World Champion. For now its to learn and get experience and hopefully get some solid results with the car I’m Hispania Racing and immediately this weekend is to finish, and to be competitive is always nice, so a few more goals to lay out but we will take it a few races at a time for now its all a pretty big step. It was difficult the first time in the Hispania Racing Car so and in these conditions it did not make it ideal but we did what we had to do and I got quite familiar with everything by the end of the second practice so hopefully tomorrow is dry and we move another step forward.
I’m sure all the enthusiast back home are sticking behind us, so hopefully myself and Mark can give you something to cheer about. [daniel]
Qualifying – Team Driver quotes
“My first qualifying session was alright but it was a bit frustrating with the weather, we couldn’t do two runs so we were just limited to one but it was ok. I would like to be a little bit closer to the rest of the field but I can’t try to expect too much for now, it’s a big learning curve. I’m half a second off Tonio which isn’t much but for a racing car driver it is quite a lot, I want more but I shouldn’t really expect too much at this stage, if I can keep closing the gap then it’s ok.