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Caldarelli sets sights on the 2009 Formula 3 Euro Series

Caldarelli sets sights on the 2009 Formula 3 Euro Series

15-05-2009

Andrea Caldarelli is ready to make his debut in the first round of the
2009 Formula 3 Euro Series, starting this weekend at the German
Hockenheim racetrack. The driver from Pescara, part of the Toyota Driver
Program, will drive a Mercedes-powered Dallara for French team SG
Formula. After a long winter testing season, Caldarelli will challenge his
former F.Renault rivals, like Valtteri Bottas, Roberto Mehri and Cesar
Ramos, plus several seasoned veterans like Jules Bianchi, Stefano Coletti,
Sam Bird and team-mate Henki Waldschmidt.
What are your expectations for 2009 ?
"I expect to grow during the whole season. I'm aware that my worst rival
will be inexperience at the beginning, but I'm surely not gonna content.
I try not to underestimate myself: the goal is to stay into the points zone
at each race, with the hope to put my nose on the podium sometimes.
I won't be throwing away the season because it's the first one and I have
a lot to learn. I'll do my best to stay at the top."
Do you have a good relationship with your team and teammates?
"It's my second season with SG, and I'm really getting along with everyone.
I know all the mechanics well, like the team's representative. I still
have a place in the city where they have their headquarters. With
Lancaster and Waldschmidt there's a good professional relationship
too."
What's the main difference between a F.Renault Tatuus and a
Formula 3 Dallara
"It's an huge difference. I haven't found the limit of my Dallara yet, but
I'm definitely getting there. I'm currently in the process of discovering
tricks and solutions. Technical variations are really limited on a singlemake
series like Formula Renault, while Formula 3 offers an absolute
freedom. It's been shocking, there's a bunch of factors on which you can
work to improve the car's performance, and that's what I'm doing."
Caldarelli sets sights on the
2009 Formula 3 Euro Series
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The 2009 season starts at Hockenheim, do you know the track?
"Yes, thanks to the 2006 Italian Formula Renault Championship, that
stopped there once. Luckily enough, because we'll have just a 90-
minute session on Friday morning, a 1-hour session in late afternoon,
and then qualifying, as early as 8 AM on Saturday. The first race will
start at 11:00 AM, so contacts or technical issues can become really
dangerous for the team, with just one hour of time to put a remedy."
Did you enjoy the three testing sessions held at Estoril,
Valencia and Adria?
" All of them have been really useful: the season-ending ending ontrack
tests were finalized to get in touch with the new car, then I spent
time in testing set-up solutions, gearboxes, dampers and so on. I
tested several configurations, dropped some of them, kept others. It's
great to work like that, chasing the best possible choice. It helps you
to grow up quickly".
Weekend Schedule
Friday
10.30-12:00 - Practice 1
15:00-16:00 - Practice 2
Saturday
8:00-8:30 AM - Qualifying
11:40-12.10 - Race 1
Sunday
10:30-11:10 AM - Race 2

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