Giorgio Pantano Q&A

Twenty-one-year-old Italian Giorgio Pantano wrapped up the German F3 title at Hockenheim on Sunday in his Team Brask-backed KMS Dallara-Opel. This was his first full season of car racing after a glittering career in karting, and he follows in the footsteps of Jarno Trulli who won the same crown with KMS in 1996. Pantano spoke to Autosport.com straight after clinching the title

Giorgio Pantano Q&A


"It feels great because it has been a really long, hard season. There was not just two or three drivers to fight against for race wins, but there was 15 guys who were capable of winning every weekend. It came down to just four people to beat to the title this weekend, so I tried to stay tranquil and relax as much as possible. I told my team before the start that I'm not interested about where I was in the race, just my position against Pierre Kaffer, because he was the real threat to my title."


"No. Although I led it was not possible for me to beat Stefan Mucke because he drove straight past me. It was not a problem for me. Even when Muller came past too, I was racing against Kaffer, nobody else."


"I go to Barcelona to test Astromega's F3000 car, because that's where I think I'm going to be next year. But I will also test for the McLaren Junior Team at Estoril. I'm 90 per cent sure of where I'm going to be, but we will only decide after those tests. I want to win the F3000 championship next year."


"Now I am the champion I will know more about this next week. At the moment I have nothing lined up, but I think now it is possible for me to get a test deal for next year and race in Formula One in 2002."

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