15 April 2009
Q&A: Nadia Morini (Draco Racing).
The 2009 season will begin with the first race in Barcelona this weekend and, this year, the Draco team shows the same drivers as last year: Bertrand Baguette and Marco Barba. Why this choice?
We reflected a lot and finally we decided to ask them back again for another season with us, both for technical reasons that I can not explain and for reasons related to their future and their careers.
Same drivers but different livery. After 20 years of great successes, Draco has presented a novelty for the 2009 season that has surprised all people in the championship: the collaboration with Force India F1. What does this change mean for Draco?
We have the serenity of the green, the colour of the earth, the grit of the orange and the power of the white, symbol of peace and union of two forces - India and Italy. Yellow and blue will remain forever the symbol of Draco because they are part of a whole life, but there are decisions that are taken regardless of the colours for reasons related to the future of who is with us. We thought, with regard to our drivers and their careers, it will certainly be easier with this collaboration.
From the first collective test, we have already seen the great potential of the Draco cars, with Marco Barba outright quickest in Valencia. What are your expectations for the 2009 season?
I answer always in the same way to this question - our goal is to win with grit, with strength and love. When I can't say this, I will not go on track any more, but today I still have so much strength inside that it is difficult to contain myself when I am on the circuit. Let's see.... Our drivers know that they must win.
Draco has always accompanied its drivers in their careers, but this year a structured programme was born, composed of different championships and creating strong synergies between the different teams in the 'International Draco Racing Development' scheme. This programme is composed of Romain Vozniak of the Facondini-Draco team in the Formula Renault Italia and Johan Jokinen, who will participate this year with Iquick in the Formula Renault Eurocup, but why has Draco decided to create this chain for young drivers and what are the expectations?
We want Draco alive over time. That is the reason because we created this driver development programme, to see them grow, follow them and, once again, as has already happened several times in our history, in the hope of finding some outstanding talent.
How will the Draco Development programme evolve?
It is too early to say this, as we have to wait at least the first few races. We have a plan, but we have to see how people co-operating with us respond, even if the structures have the qualifications we want. The drivers included in the Draco school are always monitored and we are sure that important results will come.
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