SERGIO CANAMASAS INTERVIEW
Being a racing driver is a tough path. Indeed, it requires a lot of sacrificies along the way and a certain amount of luck, being in the right place at the right time. I had the pleasure to sit and chat with the only Spanish driver in GP2 last year. Trident Team is currently enjoying his experience, are you going to miss out the opportunity to know him? Let’s start!
1. How did you start in motor racing?
I started when I was a kid. I remember there was a karting in the place we used to spend summer and I was always looking for it. By that time I was still deciding what sport I liked the most, but with the time I realised my passion were cars and we started taking it seriously, buying our own kart and doing races.
2. Last season you were the only Spaniard in GP2 grid and yet you are one of those drivers that do not have a huge sponsor behind. Do you believe that gives more merit to what you are achieving?
In Spain we have a problem; the big companies that are able to support a driver find that the expenses are quite high. Besides, they only invest in big competition as F1. For example, Formula 3 or GP2 are barely-known categories in Spain. So you have to find the funding on your own. It has not been easy, but at the end you just use your personal contacts to get the support. It’s a tough thing. For me it’s more difficult the off season rather than the on-going season, since finding sponsorship is a job itself.
3. What is your balance of the last season? Are you satisfied with your job there? It was what you were expecting?
No. It was not what I was expecting. I try to do a positive balance since at the end have a Spanish driver in GP2 for almost four years and it is something be proud of it. For me it’s such a huge achievement. However, this past season I was with a team that was already living a borrowed time and in motorsport results come according to the money you invest in the car. At some point I was not enjoying myself. It was a tough season, even though is true we had bad luck as well. But it is not easy to work that harder and do not see good results.
4. Some people claim your driving style is quite aggressive, do you agree with that description?
Yes. It is aggressive but every day less. It is true that I have made mistakes, but at the end a race is a challenge, you just want to win. So I believe a driver needs to be aggressive but also have a cold head. In the last years I have been able to do that transformation; it’s like having a hot heart and a cold head, for me that is the perfect combination.
5. So would you say Max Verstappen is lacking that ‘cold head’ aspect? Or is it an exaggerating stating the Dutch is way too aggressive?
I believe Max needs years to get more experience. People criticises him, but I think that is good because it means that people expect something different from a nineteen-years-old boy.
6. Is it a matter of time that we can see you in Formula 1?
I hope so. I have been in and out. I was with Caterham, I was the third driver and we had many conversations to be their driver, but the problem is that F1 has become a sport ruled by money. So, the small teams always choose the driver with the biggest sponsors, and not necessarily the ‘best one’. It is ridiculous to hear that a single driver may contribute to half the budget of F1 team. We are talking about a sport that finances itself through the internal business, TV rights and sponsorships. So it is quite shocking.
7. Do you think such dynamic may undermine the F1 in long term?
I believe in long term will be over. If they will not stop this trend F1 may be doomed to disappear. It must change, if they continue with this philosophy F1 will suffer the consequences since they will not have the best drivers on the grid. And we should also take into account that other categories like WEC or Formula E are getting more attention within motorsport.
8. Do you dismiss any of these new categories?
No, I do not. For example, Formula E is the one of its kind. It is starting now, but as soon as they are able to race without the car change, the category will gain more supporters. Unfortunately, Audi is leaving WEC and that is bad news for the competition. However, it is quite an important championship, not to mention 24h of Le Mans.
Best moment of your career:
my fist victory ever in karting and my podium two years ago in Montecarlo (GP2).
Monaco and Singapore.
Never give up. Never.