Statements

Hungaroring - HUN
30/06/2012

Mauro Cesari 
Mauro Cesari

Statements

27/06/2012 - Hungaroring
Klien: "Liuzzi, a friend and rival, is the main rival"

Christian Klien: "I only found out at the last minute that I would be competing in the International Superstars Series with Maserati. I can't wait. Even though I have never driven in this championship, I know Liuzzi, a Mercedes driver, very well as we alternated in one of the two Torro Rosso F1 cars in 2005. Vitantonio has told me that the Quattroporte Evo is very competitive and that Swiss Team are very professional so it will be fun. I can't wait to go up against him on the track. He will be my reference, at least at the start. We are great friends and we also meet up away from the track but he will be my main rival. The only downside is that we haven't been able to run any tests. I hope I can cover a good few laps in free practice on Friday and set the car up well. I know the track pretty well - it is almost my home race - because it is just a hundred kilometres from where I live in Vienna. I raced three times at the Hungaroring in F1, from 2004 to 2006, and the memories of 2005 still hurt: I clashed with Villeneuve at the start and my race was over. I hope racing in the Maserati helps cancel out that memory".

Cesari: "A great track for our Quattroporte Evo"

Mauro Cesari:
"I have never competed at the Hungaroring but, over the past few days, have been practising on the Playstation. I do really well on the virtual track and beat all the records! So, why not be hopeful going into the weekend?! I am pretty confident about the meet: I like this type of circuit as the driver input factor is really high. I also think the Quattroporte Evo will feel at home with the track's rangy curves, fast S's and quick changes of direction. These features suit our car. There are two crucial braking points: at turn one, at the end of the main straight, and at turn 12, after the S section. These are also points where the Quattroporte Evo should cope well because of its incredible braking power. The lighweight BMWs will be feeling confident and so will the Audis, especially as they will not be carrying a weight handicap after Mugello. Still, I am confident: Mugello gave me more belief as I could see I was improving. I feel more sure of myself and I am beginning to enjoy myself more. I don't want to make any predictions because, in Superstars, the level of competition is so high that ten cars can be bunched within a second of each other. Even so, I will be going for a good finish".

 

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