Sureshwaran signs up for third year of Formula Two
"This year it's all on me," says 30-year-old Parthiva Sureshwaren right out of the gate when asked about what could be his final year of the FIA Formula 2 Championship. HT reports.india Updated: Feb 13, 2012 23:48 IST
"This year it's all on me," says 30-year-old Parthiva Sureshwaren right out of the gate when asked about what could be his final year of the FIA Formula 2 Championship. Sureshwaren has, to date, scored just a single point in his 21-race F2 career but is adamant that this year will be different.
"Since I was one of the first drivers to sign up for the championship I've got a good choice on chassis," Sureshwaren told HT. "The car I've got for this year is a race winning chassis that finished fourth in last year's championship."
Sureshwaren has even gone as far as to hire a driver coach to help him finally leave the tail-end of the classification and start recording regular points scoring finishes. "Martin Donnelly is my driver coach and he used to be an F1 contemporary of Ayrton Senna," said Sureshwaren.
Citing his participation in the 2010 and 2011 editions of the championships as "learning years", Sureshwaren has gone as far as to target the circuits on the calendar where he has a good chance of scoring a podium finish. "Silverstone, Brands Hatch, Monza and Portimao are circuits that I know pretty well and where I'll be going all out to record a good finish," said Sureshwaren.
It's his future beyond the 2012 F2 Championship that is less clear cut for Sureshwaren, at least for the moment. "I am not looking at my long term future beyond this year," said Sureshwaren. "All I know is that I want to stay in Europe for as long as possible."
Sureshwaren categorically rules out the possibility of heading to America like his compatriot and former fellow F2 driver Armaan Ebrahim. "My long term aim is still to get into F1 as either a driver or a test driver," said Sureshwaren. "In order to do that I have to stay in Europe for as long as possible."
First Published: Feb 13, 2012 20:58 IST