Formula 1 followers appreciate the knowledge and insight he brings as a commentator during live TV coverage of Grand Prixs.
Ivan Capelli, has spent almost a lifetime in single-seater racing cars but also has close links with Maserati. He is Director of the Master Maserati safe driving courses run by the Modenese company. Capelli is also a top test driver and helped develop the Trofeo.
So, given his pedigree, it wasn't a surprise to see him appear as a guest driver in round one of the championship. The man from Milan showed everyone that he still had his natural pace, posting the fastest times in qualifying for Race 1 and 2.
"I am really happy to have claimed pole in the first and second qualifying sessions. Saying this, we are all close to each other. Sergio Rota, who came second in the first qualifying session, is just four thousandths off my time and Peter Sundberg, second in the other session, is 15 thousandths down. This means that all the cars are well set up and looked after which means tomorrow will be very tight".
The battle will be on the track but off it things are more relaxed:
“There was the same enthusiasm and professionalism from all the drivers that I found in the Trofeo. Obviously, the car was totally different: it was the GranTurismo MC Trofeo, a well balanced car that you can take to the limit with ease because of the spot-on weight distribution".