Interview with Bianca Steiner

Austria is not only a country of fast women that are skiing or snowboarding. There is also a fast woman in a different kind of sport. Her name is Bianca Steiner and she is a racedriver. spoke to Bianca Steiner about her career in motorsports.

Bianca SteinerBianca, you are a talented female driver. Unfortunately, a lot of our visitors will not know who you are.  Could you please give a short introduction about yourself to the visitors that do not know you?
My name is Bianca Steiner, I am 18 years old and I am from Austria. I drive in the Italian Formula Renault 2.0 Series for Steiner Motorsport.

How did you get involved in racing? Have you always wanted to become a racedriver yourself? Did your parents always support you?
I started with karting when I was 12 years old.  Next to that,  I tested my first time with a Formula BMW. I always wanted to become a racedriver. I was impressed when I saw the old videos of the races of Ayrton Senna! I was just 4 years old, when he had the unfortunate crash. My parents always support me, I growed up with fast cars, cause of my dad.

You have started your career, like many other drivers, in karting. Did you enjoy your period in karting and do you think karting will be an essential step in the career of a racedriver?
The different is that I just drove kart some races, just for fun. I never drove any championship, I started right away with formula cars. In contrast to the other drivers, which came from karting championships, I had it a little bit harder. Maybe because they knew how to fight really hard. But i learned it also!

You have raced in different formula cars throughout the years. The last couple of years you have especially driven Formula Renault 2.0 in Italy. What are the main differences between all the cars you have driven throughout your career? Which car, do you think, is the most exciting to drive?
For me it´s always special to sit in a race car and try to bring out the best. Of course, the Formula 3000 was really nice to drive. With its 500 horsepower it is amazing to drive.

Steiner driving Formula Renault 2.0In 2009 you are driving the Italian Formula Renault 2.0 Championship again. What are your expectations about this season?
The start of the season, at Monza, was good for me. I got a 4th place in the first race and unfortunately a crash during the second race. But for me it is important to make the best of the situation, because it is not easy with a private team. I want to do good results to get sponsors to get in a higher class.

Do you have a special goal in your career, which need to be achieved?
Of course, like every other driver, I dream of racing in F1. But at the moment, right now, my first goal is to drive well in Italian Formula Renault Championship and then we’ll see if one time I can live my dream!

Every race driver has good and bad moments during his career. What is your best moment in racing, until now? What is the moment you would like to forget as soon as possible?
My best moment was my first win with Formula Renault 2.0 at Hungaroring. It was the most emotional moment in my career. I had a three and a halve time loop at Monza, when I was at the start of my career. I had many bad moments but from this moments I learned alot, i dont wanna forget it.

If you could change your life with another racedriver for just one day, who will be the one you are changing with?
I would change with any Formula 1 driver, but just at the sunday of a racing weekend.

Steiner testing F3000Is it hard to keep standing as a female driver in a world which is mainly filled by male drivers? What reactions do you get from other drivers, supporters, teams etc.?
This world is hard for everybody. For me it was hard when I started driving. The drivers laugh about me at my first race at 2004, but just till the first qualifying. Then I was 0,2 seconds behind the first on the second position. Every driver has to work for the respect of the other drivers, supporters and teams. It was the same for me.

Many people think that the life of a racedriver is all fun and just a dream. But if you take a look to the ‘inside’ of racing, what is the hardest part of being a racedriver?
It is hard work, but of course when you love this work it is also funny. The daily fitness training is not my favourite thing. It is really hard.

What would you like to say to everyone that is dreaming of a career in racing?
I had many bad moments in racing, which threw me back. But if you really have the dream, live it and never give up!