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Nadia Morini, Draco Racing - Q&A
15 April 2009 Q:
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?Nadia Morini:
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.Q:
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?Nadia Morini:
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.Q:
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?Nadia Morini:
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.Q:
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?Nadia Morini:
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.Q:
How will the Draco Development programme evolve?Nadia Morini:
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.Q:
One 'scoop' at the moment in the world of motorsport is the birth of a new category for the 2010 season: GP3. It appears that the preferred route for drivers will consist of [F1 support categories] FBMW, GP3 and GP2 before finally reaching the much-dreamed of F1. In this case, the World Series would remain on the outside, and with fewer drivers. Will a team like Draco be affected by these changes, or does it not have any fear because of the new development programme that we have just talked about?Nadia Morini:
If the World Series teams can be strong and professional, then GP3 will have its life and we'll have ours. What is really important is to choose how to make a championship by focusing on care of the drivers and their careers. There will always be drivers who will pass to F1 via the World Series, just as there will be those from the future GP3 and others who will never go in this formula. A lot depends on the drivers because they must demonstrate their talent.
The mentioned route is just one example. Drivers in the various Formula Renault championships arrive in World Series, which is another valid and strengthened route, formed of championships with many years behind them - namely the FRenault national championships, the Eurocup, World Series and F1. It is the same. I want to bring back the words that Renault director Rémi Deconinck said at a briefing held in Barcelona on this subject:
"Renault was the first to want to make a chain for young drivers, many categories are created and finished, and we are still here. We know that this is a time of crisis, but we are working hard to be close to the teams and in line with the decisions that must be taken to ensure that the crisis passes. As demonstration of what I said, we have announced live TV coverage from Eurosport
for 2009 and beyond. In July, there will be a presentation to give the team the guidelines for the 2010 championship.. We want to fight with even more force in this period."
After these words, I can only add that Draco fights together with Renault and RPM, with passion and determination. And as RPM president Jaime Alguersuari says: 'I'm here and here I remain!'.