Bjorn Wirdheim Q&A

Bjorn Wirdheim clinched the FIA F3000 title at Hockenheim after an impressive season long performance that has seen him retire just once and finish first or second in every other race. His careful accumulation of podiums gave him a handy lead, and when main rival Giorgio Pantano had a bad weekend in Germany, he was able to secure the championship with another second place. His F3000 team boss and now manager Christian Horner has been working away to interest the F1 teams, and Wirdheim already has an option with Jordan that will see him take part in the Friday morning test sessions at Monza and Indianapolis. He will also get a run in a BAR before the end of the year. Adam Cooper spoke to the talented Swede

Bjorn Wirdheim Q&A



"I knew that Pantano was more than a couple of places behind me, so I never even thought about challenging Sperafico. I was worried because he was a little bit too slow in the first few laps, so the others caught me."



"I didn't have any expectations, I just tried to do as well as possible every race I would go to."



"Everybody has been telling me you're safe for the championship, you'll win it, and when you hear that, and if you have the same feeling yourself, then you lose the championship. You just make mistakes. If I had spun off it would have been a different situation again."



"Like I said, I just tried to do my best every race. It was not until this weekend that I really thought about the championship. There was a lot of pressure, because I knew I could secure the championship here at Hockenheim, by getting a couple more points over Pantano and not losing too many to Ricardo. We made up the strategy after qualifying that we have to finish second and be a little bit fortunate with Giorgio. We managed that, and that's why I felt really relieved."



"No, not in the beginning of the season, but maybe in the latter part."



"I still want to win races in F3000 but I'm going to be a lot more relaxed now when I get to the last two races, because I know I don't have to score points. I know the championship is over and I will have a completely different feeling when I arrive for the race weekend, and that will make it a lot easier."



"There are different opportunities. I'm not really sure a test drive is the way to go. It can be really dangerous if it's with the wrong team. If I can get a test drive with a top team then I'll go for it of course, and I could maybe combine it with racing in another series. But if you are a test driver it's very easy to be forgotten."



"Everybody we've spoken to is aware of what I've done this season, and I've done everything I can. There's not more I can do. I'm happy for that, and it doesn't matter what happens in the future, because I know I did it."

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