Anthony Davidson Q&A

Sportscar fans in the UK cannot have failed to miss the all-British driver line-up about to contest the Le Mans 24 Hours in a Ferrari 550 Maranello. The Veloqx Prodrive team has brought two cars to the Circuit de la Sarthe and the number 80 car is being piloted by a trio of British Le Mans rookies - including one current F1 test driver, one former F1 test driver and a former British F3 and GT champion. They're all keen as mustard and all equally determined to show what they're made of. Willem Postema talked to BAR's Anthony Davidson, who was running third in the GTS class after the first full qualifying session

Anthony Davidson Q&A


"It was a bit of a struggle on our side of the garage, to be honest. The car felt a lot different to pre-qualifying and I definitely felt a bit out of it, coming here from (F1) testing at Monza. It's probably the worst track to do before coming here because it's too similar. I know that sounds weird, but you expect the Ferrari to be able to do so much more than it can do when you step into it. I was braking too late and carrying too much speed into the corners and we were losing a lot of time as a result."


"You could say that. I'll get used to it though. I only had 25 minutes of running in the car, in total, yesterday, which is not much at all. And I still haven't been out on new tyres. That's the biggest shock about being here, so far, a lack of time in the car. I got some night driving in, though, and I'm glad to say it's easier than I thought it would be. So that's good."


"No the difference is Tomas (Enge), at the moment. He did a bloody good job yesterday, the rest of us are pretty much on a par with each other. They (the team) say the set-ups are the same but for whatever reason it doesn't feel like it. We are losing time to the other car and although we will get quicker, the car is too hard to drive for 24 hours the way it is. Basically, we've got to try first to find the time in it, and then try to make that time come easier."


"Well, we got in a bit of panic yesterday. Me and Darren (Turner) and Kelvin (Burt) get along really well, but we are the inexperienced lot, and the combination of practice and qualifying was a bit difficult. We've got to stop thinking 'oh my god we're too slow', start throwing qually tyres at the car and driving our arses off when we're not comfortable with it yet. We fell apart a bit and that's not good. It means we start today with a bad car and hardly any qualifying tyres left."


"It's not that important for the race, it's a bit of a novelty really, but it's important confidence-wise. I don't want to go into the race feeling down, feeling that we aren't quick enough, because I know we're quick enough. Nothing's changed, we're the same, the car's the same and I know we'll get there, but it's hard to tell yourself that when things aren't going your way."


"We've had more funding than they had last year, more funding to go testing, and we have Veloqx on board to help out. We did a good solid test straight after Sebring, continuing with the same engines and gearboxes. Both cars ran a further 12 hours in the blistering heat without a problem. Then we went to Paul Ricard and did a 30 hour test. In fact we ran 27 and a half hours before we had a gearbox problem - and Paul Ricard is hard on gearboxes - the engines are also running like clockwork, so pretty sorted I'd say."


"I'm glad we've got a race on our hands, actually. I thought it was going to be a walkover after pre-qualifying but Ollie Gavin (Corvette Racing #50) did a good job yesterday. But we'll just have to wait and see who's still there at the finish..."

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