Gary Paffett Q&A

After another victory at the A1-Ring last weekend Gary Paffett heads the German Formula 3 championship by 29 points, with four rounds still to go. He could be the first Brit to win a series that has produced not only Germany's four F1 drivers but also the likes of Jarno Trulli and Jos Verstappen. So where does he go next? Gary tested for McLaren last year, but his future could lie with BAR, as David Richards is a fan. If the team boss plans a clearout of test drivers, or if Anthony Davidson finds a seat elsewhere, Gary might be in a position to benefit. Adam Cooper spoke to the youngster

Gary Paffett Q&A



"Last year coming over to race in a different country for the first time, it was really a learning year. We didn't do too badly. We won a race and we had a couple more good results, but it was just lack of experience of the tracks and lack of experience of the team and everything else that stopped us getting close to the championship."



"There are a couple of different people but basically it's the same mechanics and engineers and the same team as last year. Everybody's just progressed over the winter, worked hard on the cars. Both cars are in great condition. We've done a lot of work on set-up and everything else, and I know the tracks now. Altogether we were in better shape for this season."



"He's alright. We've seen him more this year, because his son is racing in the BMW juniors. His advice is vital, because he's been and done everything. He congratulates you when you do well, and kicks your arse when you don't! As long as you do your best, that's all you can do."



"Not sure. It's difficult to say, really. As a next step I'd like to do F1, but you can't just choose or buy a place anywhere. I'll have to wait and see what happens and if anything comes up."



"It depends what the team wants. If the team wants you to do just test driving or they want you to do testing and racing you do whatever they choose, basically. It's a case of waiting to see who comes up with what sort of deal, if they do."



"It was at the start of last year. I did one day at Jerez, and two days at Magny-Cours two weeks after that."



"Yes, we've got contacts at McLaren. I also know David Richards very well, because his son raced karts with me a long time ago. It's just a case of keep on doing well here and see who comes up with what."



"They have, yes. When he came along they were already there, and no one knows what his plans are. If he gets a chance, he might give us a run, but it's just a case of seeing what his plans are really."



"Yes, just getting a run in the car, and then they can see exactly what we can do."



"Again, if that's what a team wants you to do, or if you don't get an F1 contract, you try and do F3000 I suppose. But it costs a lot of money, and you've got to look for sponsors and see what opportunities come up."



"Yes, you've just got to move up and look at the future."



"Yeah, you could do. I tested one at the end of last year for Mercedes, and went well in it. With the contacts with Keke it could be an option, but hopefully not."

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