Andrea, first of all let's speak about the Maserati Trofeo weekend in Portugal and your performance.
“Let’s take a step back. I am coming off the race at Jarama where I led overall, albeit with other drivers. I came to Portimao, a track I know, with high hopes but I had a bit of trouble in free practice, where I wasn’t able to go out, and in qualifying too. Still, I managed to come seventh in Q2 and finish fifth in the race”.
Race 3 is about to start, how do you see things going?
“As the grid order is based on the times from the two qualifying sessions and given that I couldn’t take part in Q1, I will be starting from the back of the field. Even though it will be a long race, it will be tough to do well because of where I will start from. Over the course of a season you can have the odd blip so I will have to pick up as many points as I can”.
Andrea, as well as appearing on the track, you are raising money for the Mayer hospital. Tell us a bit about this…
“Mayer Hospital is renowned internationally for its Paediatrics work and is just round the corner from my home. I am from Pistoia and the Mayer Hospital is in Florence. I have always admired the institution because of its international reputation both in terms of research and in the care it provides for children with serious illnesses. It is a hospital that also looks after the families of these children and if I can help them out in any way by raising funds then I will gladly do so. Motor-racing spends huge amounts in fuel and tyres and if some money goes to a good cause then that is great. So, at the end of the year, some of my sponsorship will go towards this institution”.