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Q&A - Dean Stoneman

Dean Stoneman chats to Andy Henley ahead of his return to racing in 2012
Go 'Behind the Visor' as Andy Henley catches up with Dean Stoneman ahead of his return to racing in 2012...

Q:
Dean, thanks for taking the time to speak to us during this busy time preparing for your first season in the World Series by Renault. How are things progressing with getting back up to speed with the new car and team?

Dean Stoneman:
We have lots of possibilities for this year which we are still evaluating. I want to return at the highest level possible with the best possible team. ISR is one option of course but, it's hard to commit until we have weighed up all options both in Europe and in the US. It's been great to have so much interest shown in me.

Q:
You started in Karts in 2000 racing up until 2006, how did you get into karting and was there a particular idol in the racing world you had, while growing up?

Dean Stoneman:
I actually got into Karting by chance. Prior to this I was racing in Moto Cross and really enjoying it. In 2000 the Foot and Mouth problem hit farming and the land on which we raced. There was a ban on using the land for racing so we had to think of an alternative as I loved racing. My Dad suggested a kart and the rest as they say is history.... I haven't really had a racing idol as such. I was too busy racing and not really following anybody in particular. I have been lucky enough to meet so many leading drivers in the past few years. From the current crop Vettel and Hamilton have total commitment, which I really appreciate as this is how I like to approach racing.

Q:
You have had huge success in a fairly short time in cars; in 2007 you competed in Formula Renault BARC, in which you were crowned Vice-Champion. Did you ever expect to have such a finish in your first season racing single seaters?

Dean Stoneman:
Not really. We were running our own team from the family home whilst everybody else were with teams. It goes to show if you have the right people around you what's possible. I think we surprised a few people.

Q:
2008 saw you become Graduate Cup Champion in the Formula Renault UK Championship and a finalist in the coveted BRDC Young Driver Awards. How much of a boost was this in your bid to make it to F1?

Dean Stoneman:
All of these things are nice to have along the way but I have always felt the best way to get to where I want to be is by winning races. There have been so many drivers who have won awards who have not progressed as far as maybe they should have.

Q:
In 2009 you won the Formula Renault UK Championship and were awarded BRDC Super Star status. How involved have the BRDC been in your career and what did it mean to you to receive this award?

Dean Stoneman:



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Dean Stoneman [Pic credit: F2 Media]
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