Motor Sport News - - Historics - WITH MAT­TEO FER­RER-AZA

His­toric F1 new­comer

Age: 23 Lives: Lau­sanne, Switzer­land

He started in ju­nior sin­gle-seaters “I started off with the In­ter­steps sin­gle-seater cat­e­gory in the UK and then moved on to BARC For­mula Re­nault and did two years of that. At that stage I was liv­ing in Eng­land as I was born and bred here, in Lon­don and then Suf­folk. So it is a home away from home. When I was 15 or 16 I did a day of kart­ing at Buck­more Park and caught the bug. I did Re­nault in Europe and some For­mula 3 test­ing and that was about as high as it went.”

He was at­tracted to his­torics “When­ever we went to Don­ing­ton Park for open test­ing I used to go on the pit­wall and watch the old F1 cars. They had to drag me away to get into my car for the next ses­sion be­cause I was so taken by these old cars. I de­vel­oped a pas­sion for the his­tory of the sport and my man­ager Peter Collins was in F1 in that pe­riod.”

He de­cided to make the switch “I wanted to give it a go in the mod­ern side of the sport but got a bit sick of it and in the end I didn’t en­joy it. I wanted to try my hand at his­toric rac­ing so I de­cided to try and find some­thing to drive, which is hard if you are un­proven and not known in the his­toric scene.”

He tried some GT cars

“I drove a 1969 Alfa Gi­u­lia Sprint at a track­day in France and then a Shelby GT350 Mus­tang, which was my first taste of driv­ing his­toric cars. I’d tried a round of the Porsche Su­per­cup, but didn’t like it. As I’d en­joyed driv­ing tin-top his­torics, I won­dered how the sin­gle-seaters would be.”

His­toric F1 beck­oned “I wanted to race in His­toric F1 and looked for a car for my fam­ily to buy as an in­vest­ment and we were very lucky to find the Ligier JS11 at the be­gin­ning of the year. I went to see it in Paris with Rob Hall and it was love at first sight. It is un­like any­thing else and it is a dream come true. The plan for this year was to see how it goes and get the car set up. Next year, hope­fully, we’ll have a proper crack at it.”

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