Fabio’s Abu Dhabi report
So the season is finally over, and I'm back at home now after a busy weekend in Abu Dhabi with Manor. Obviously the big question that everybody has been asking me is: "what are you doing next year?"
But unfortunately, I’m not in a position to answer that yet. The reason why is that, as everyone knows, so much in Formula One depends on money, and I’m not yet sure how much of that I will have at my disposal in 2016! Usual story I guess: it’s the same for nearly every driver – so you just get on with it.
During the off-season, many people think that drivers go off on holidays or spend their time at home eating and drinking through Christmas. Not a bit of it! The off-season is the time when you’re trying to get sponsors, prepare presentations, talk with teams – it’s much busier and more stressful than the actual season, when you can just get on with the business of racing.
So I’m talking with Manor, and I also have a few other possibilities to explore. The third driver role I have been doing is a fantastic one in terms of experience: you get full immersion into the world of Formula One, and complete access to all the team meetings and debriefs. Essentially, you’re dealing with exactly the same information that the race drivers themselves receive, so as preparation for Formula One, it doesn’t get better. The highlight of the season for me was obviously driving the car in free practice in Hungary: it was a fantastic opportunity to show my capabilities with contemporary F1 machinery.
But of course as a racing driver, what you want to do is actually race. So whatever I end up doing next year, I’d like a competitive element to it. I miss racing basically!
All this depends on sponsorship though and that’s my focus at the moment. Formula One is still my goal – I believe that I have the capabilities to be world champion one day – but I keep an open mind regarding other things. There’s a huge variety of close competition out there in many different formulae. All I want to do is get out on track again.
As a result, there are a few projects that I’m working on at the moment, so I’ll be writing again with an update in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, drive safely!