Q&A: Felipe Nasr

By on Thursday, May 24, 2012

Brazilian teenager Felipe Nasr followed in the footsteps of Daniel Ricciardo and Jean Eric Vergne by winning the British F3 Championship in 2011. This season he has stepped up to GP2 with DAMS, the team that took Romain Grosjean to the title last year. Ahead of the Monaco round of the championship, we caught up with Felipe.

Q: Hi Felipe, what have you been up to since the last race in Barcelona?

Felipe Nasr: I was in London for two days, doing some physical preparation. I then went to Le Mans to DAMS and did two days’ work at the simulator and then I went to Paris to wait for my Mom and Dad who are here now in Monaco to watch me race for the first time in GP2. It is awesome to have them here with me!

Q: How do you feel the season has gone so far?

FN: Good. The results are appearing, I know the learning curve is steep but I am dedicated to keep improving, I am already the guy that has probably the record in overtaking! Not bad for a rookie.

Q: The incident with Johnny Cecotto in Bahrain; did you feel unfairly penalised for it?

FN: Races are races and things happen, I like to keep in my mind only space for the good things, the rest I rapidly delete.

Q: You made a big jump from F3 to GP2, did you consider GP3 or World Series?

FN: We considered World Series at a certain time, but then my sponsors opted for GP2 and the good TV coverage it has in Brazil; anyway the jump was always going to be there, mainly in the question of tyre management.

Nasr finished on the podium in Malaysia

Q: Is there a healthy atmosphere in the GP2 paddock?

FN: Definitively yes, I know some of the drivers from the Formula BMW year and the elder drivers have been nice in welcoming me.

Q: What would make a successful 2012 season?

FN: A win or two would be great and, who knows, a top five final placement in the Championship?

Q: You’re still only 19 yet already on the F1 radar. Have you had talks with any F1 teams yet?

FN: This is something that I leave for my manager Steve Robertson to take care of. One cannot concentrate in racing if he has his head dreaming awake of what the future might bring.

Q: Seeing other drivers fall by the wayside, do you think there’s a danger that you could arrive in F1 at too young an age?

FN: I believe that everything depends on the timing. [Jaime] Alguersuari and [Sebastien] Buemi arrived in F1 when the economic situation was different; I don´t see the same thing happening today.

Q: What do you make of F1 2012 and who will win the title?

FN: What a vintage year! In the first five races, five different winners in five different teams! It would be great to see this trend go on a little longer, perhaps with [Lewis] Hamilton or Kimi [Raikkonen] winning in Monaco! But I would not risk a quid in betting for the title…


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