He was promoted to a race seat with the team for the 2012 season, joining Paul Di Resta. With the F1 season kicking off last weekend, CS caught up with Nico for a chat:
F1 on the rise
I think every time we visit India, we see the enthusiasm for Formula 1 becoming even bigger than the previous time. And now that India has its own race, we should see more tracks in the country. It is my first year as a race driver with Sahara Force, but I have a year of experience in racing in Formula 1 in 2010, when I was with Williams. My goal is to try and establish my reputation as an ace racer in the sport. As a team, we are targeting points at every race and aim to finish fifth in the teams’ championship.
Michael’s the motivation
As far as being compared to Michael Schumacher is concerned, it’s always nice to hear things like that. However, I don’t think about it too much or let the pressure affect me. I want to be as successful as him for sure, but I will try and do it my own way.
The track at Singapore is the toughest one because of the heat. It is also one of the longest lapses of the year. When it comes to cricket, I am still learning about it, and trying to learn the names of different cricketers.