Relishing a return to racing


It was great to see the Formula Renault Eurocup organisers publish a revised calendar for the 2020 season recently.

There’s a lot of work to do to defeat Coronavirus but it’s good to see we’re approaching a phase where we can start to look at what the world – and the racing season – will look like once the situation has calmed down a little.

I honestly can’t wait to get back to racing. I’ve been in the Czech Republic since the end of the pre-season test in March – two weeks of which were in quarantine. It’s been a strange time!

I’ve mainly been training, playing a lot (I mean a lot!) of intense table tennis matches with my dad, and continuing my studies.

I’ve been receiving work from my international school in Italy and I’ve been taking part in lessons on the Zoom platform. I’ve got my ‘Middle Years Programme’ exams in maths, science and Italian next month so I’ve been working hard to prepare for those.

The restrictions have been relaxed a bit more in Czech during recent weeks and that’s allowed me to do some testing in a KZ kart at one of my local tracks. It was a nice opportunity to stay competitive. There was a guy on the track that won the Czech championship so I had some good battles with him.

It was also nice to help my younger brother who also got on track in his mini kart. He started learning the basics of driving and is developing into quite a decent racer. I hope I could offer him some good advice!

I also spent a couple of days at the awesome Most Autodrom circuit testing a Formula Renault 3.5 car with Charouz Racing System. I’ve driven the car before but it’s always a thrill to get back in a formula car like that with such amazing performance. It was a useful exercise in adding to my racing experience and helping me maintain my competitive focus.

Once my exams have finished, I’ll be returning to Italy to my main home. I love the Czech Republic and it’s definitely been a fantastic place to be during the pandemic. But I’m keen to go back to Italy as well because I have a lot of friends there and there’s something magical about it as a country.

I’m definitely looking forward to enjoying some nice ice cream in the Italian sunshine. I think I’ll have earned that privilege after the last couple of months.

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