Pre race comments
Pre race comments
Giancarlo Fisichella: “It is true that I have raced in DTM in the past but the sprint format of Superstars is very different from the GT endurance events I drive the Ferrari 458 in. The track aside, it will all be totally new for me: the series, team, rivals and the car; I have only tested in it briefly. Still, I will be giving it my all at Vallelunga and cannot hide the fact that I want the win. This is possible in the Quattroporte: the Maserati showed how competitive it was last year and has continued its fine form this season. I love challenges. The series is an exciting one with lots of big manufacturers competing and a pretty high standard among the drivers. It will be great going up against my friends the ex-F1 guys like Gianni Morbidelli and Vitantonio Liuzzi. They are going for the title so I won’t be getting in their way too much”.
Cesari: “Finally it is back onto the track. I was having withdrawal symptoms after such a long break”
Mauro Cesari: “Vallelunga is one of my favourite tracks with its fast curves and mixed stretches that call for good technique. The Quattroporte Evo will also be at home on the circuit thanks to its good handling and efficiency and stability when braking. I am disappointed that a bit too much time has gone by since the last race. For me, with so little experience of competition, not racing for so long is a problem. Also, the balance of performance has recently been tweaked and, Maserati and BMW aside, the cars now have considerable technical advantages while the Maserati is still in the shape in raced last time out and this penalises us. Even so, the good thing about this weekend is racing alongside a driver like Fisichella. It will be the first time this year that I have an Italian driver alongside me; it will be easier to swap information with Giancarlo and take on board his suggestions for improving the car’s set up. As this is his home circuit, the pit lane will be packed and this is something else that ups the motivation levels”.