GP2 Series rookie Dani Clos is remaining confident that he'll be able to follow experience team-mate Lucas di Grassi onto the scoreboard this season, despite a tough start to his campaign with Racing Engineering
Although he showed pace and potential in both pre-season testing and during the four-double-header rounds to date, the young Spaniard has suffered four DNFs that have denied him the chance to open his account. Despite that, however, he refuses to discuss what many would believe is bad luck.
"Honestly, I consider that every person makes his or her own luck," Clos insisted, "I am working very hard and, during the race weekends, I am showing that I can be very fast, but it is true that, for some reason, I have not been able to score any points. I know the beginning of the season has been hard, but I also know that soon I will score my first points. I will carry on giving 100 per cent and working very hard to give some joy to my team and fans."
With three weeks between the Silverstone and Nurburgring rounds, the F3 Euroseries graduate took time out from racing so that he could return refreshed and raring to go in Germany.
"After the weekend in Silverstone, I stayed a few days with my team-mate in London, then I went back to Barcelona, where I relaxed," he revealed, "At home, I carried on with my physical training but also enjoyed the free time, as it is always good to disconnect your mind a bit and relax.
"Last week I travelled to [Racing Engineering's base at] Sanlúcar to go back to reality and start working with my engineer and mechanics towards the next race at the Nürburgring. I love coming to the team's workshop because, like that, I switch to race mode before arriving at the circuit. In Sanlúcar, I ask questions, I seek advice and I try and learn as much as possible about the car. On top of that, I feel that the relationship between the team and me grows stronger."
Despite admitting that he desperately wants to score points, and the sooner the better, Clos refuses to heap pressure on his own shoulders as he continues to learn about life in GP2.
"I do not want to impose any targets on myself," he insisted, "I will just work hard, hoping that I will do a good job and have nothing hampering my way to the points. I totally trust my team and engineer. We have a very good car and I am sure we will do good things."