David Sears Q&A

David Sears has become synonymous with Formula 3000. He is the team boss of Super Nova and has an interest in the Petrobras team. Between them, the Norfolk-based teams have taken four of the last six drivers' championships. Sears is also involved in driver management and in recent years has paved the way to success for Juan Pablo Montoya - who was 1999 CART champion with Ganassi Racing - and more recently Bruno Junqueira and Nicolas Minassian. The pair finished first and second in this year's F3000 championship and have both signed to drive for Ganassi in CART next year as Montoya moves to Formula 1 with Williams. Autosport.com caught up with Sears to find out how he thought his proteges would fare in 2001

David Sears Q&A



"I think it's proven by Gil de Ferran winning the championship on Monday and also by Montoya last year that obviously good Formula 3000 drivers are hard to beat. I'm sure both of them will go really well, otherwise Chip wouldn't have taken a gamble on them. They tested and were both bloody quick and although the testing restrictions are pretty tough I feel sure they're both going to be on the pace."



"They both wanted to do it. At the end of the day Bruno could have had a couple of chances in Formula 1 and that can still happen further down the line. Nicolas is like a kid in a sweet shop at the moment. He's absolutely over the moon about the whole thing - his feet just haven't touched the ground. The team is one of the best in the business and there's a bit of a tradition for us to uphold there."



"Well it's never a good idea to put all of your eggs in one basket, but really I think it's a good idea to have good relationships with good teams. We've got good relationships with Williams and Benetton and other people in F1 as well. That's a very important part of our finishing school or 'Open University' operation that we've got going."



"He's coming over to Barcelona to test for us this week and then he'll test for us again in Estoril next week. We'll see how he gets on. I think he's been overlooked by a few people and Chip would like to see him over here for a couple of years, but we'll see how he goes."



"Well that's hopefully what we're going to find out over the next few days during these tests. All will be revealed by next week..."

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