“Yet again we’ve proved we can jump in a different car, engineer it and bang! – we win. That’s something I’m very proud of. There’s not many other drivers in existence that move around different teams and different cars and still produce the goods.
“I can’t take all the credit but that’s part of my brand. Team BMR has something really special. Everybody is totally motivated and I’m signed for another two years – I’m having a great time.
"Gordon and Honda performed brilliantly this year – his performance when he’s had maximum ballast has been very strong. We’ve got some improvements to make; we could have beaten them this year and should have beaten them. And we didn’t.
“We’ve got to come back a bit stronger, but I’m pleased with the year. I played a straight bat and gone about my year with a great deal of integrity.”
You appear to be more competitive since your injury at Monaco last year. How do you explain that?
I spent two months in a corset, with no racing. It was a really difficult moment for me. You think about absolutely everything. I thought, ‘OK you need to work really hard if you want to continue your career and be a professional driver’, so I set about improving myself in every area. Post-season we had some tests with Lotus. I worked really well with the engineer and I always had a good feeling with the car. I did my best to find some solutions to continuing in FR3.5, because I was convinced we could do a good job.
How do you sum up your season?
I am really happy about it. We didn’t win, but we I think we were strong. The season was kind of fun, because all of the team was behind me, and it’s really nice to have this feeling with the mechanics. I have a lot of things to improve, but I think I can be a professional driver now.
What about the future?
For sure I want to test GP2, but I don’t have the opportunity yet. My goal it’s to make a really nice, long career. To drive for a manufacturer is my passion.