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Interview with Vicky Piria

Her career is taking a very big step, because she will be driving in the very competitive GP3 Series with the team of Trident Racing. Her name is Vicky Piria and she is a talented Italian teenager in the world of racing. Keep your eyes open, while she is eager to get good results in GP3 Series as soon as possible. RacingInside.com spoke to Vicky Piria about her career and her future.

Vicky PiriaHi Vicky! You are one of the fastest ladies in racing and a lot of people will know that you are a very talented Italian lady. Could you please give a short introduction about yourself to the visitors that do not know you?
My name is Vicky Piria. I am 18 years old and I love racing since I was 8 years old. I did a few years karting and this will be my third championship in single seater cars. Currently, I am racing for Trident in GP3 Series. It’s a really great and hard championship, but I am dedicated for it for the full 100%.

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 at 8 years old, thanks to my dad and my brother. My family has always supported me, because they know that racing is my goal for the future.

You have started your career 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?
Unfortunately, I didn’t do much karting. But, I think it is an essential thing for any driver and it is really fun and formative.

You have raced in different formula cars throughout the years. For example, you have raced with the Formula Renault and Formula Abarth. In 2012 you will be racing in GP3 Series. What are the main differences between all the cars you have driven throughout your career?
The main differences are the tyres and the grip, which with GP3 car is quite different from the other cars. I am still trying to understand how to use the Pirelli tyres and to learn how to bring the car to the limit, but during my next tests I am sure with the team’s help I can do a great job.

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?
I don’t like to think about bad moments, I always try to be positive and to turn my mistakes into gold. I had many great moments in my career and they have been a confirmation that I can make it in this challenging sport.

Like mentioned before, you have driven in several championships and cars. In 2012 you will be racing in GP3 Series. What are the goals in your further career?
My life its goal is to become a professional racing driver, obviously Formula 1 is my dream. This year, I count on improving through the season to get some good results as soon as possible.

Vicky racing in GP3 Series

If you could change your life with another racedriver for just one day, who will be the one you are changing with?
Maybe with Sebastian Vettel his life, for sure he now is the most happy and satisfied driver in Formula 1.

Is 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.?
Since I was a child, I used to have many male friends and with the experience in racing I have learned to deal with the issues that a mainly male sport can bring. So now I know how to behave, you have to show yourself professional, serious and capable towards everybody. At the beginning it is hard to find people that take you for a driver and not for any girl in the paddock, but when you are fast and competitive they change their mind and respect you.

Although the race driver is the one that really scores the results, there are always a lot of people on the background that also have a big influence on the results and career of a race driver (sponsors, mechanics etc.). Is there a special person in your career that you would like to thank, and why is that person special to you?
I have many people to thank for what I have done up to now, my family first of all that supports me always, even in the hardest moments. Trident Racing and all the staff  for trusting in me and helping me out this year in a so competitive championship, my driver coach that now works with me since 2009 Luca Persiani, who helps me out a lot in the track and Marco Rustichelli, my trainer from Rome that prepares me not only physically but also mentally.

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?
My friends envy me because I am always in different places, but they do not realize that I actually get to see only airports hotels and paddocks!  It isn’t just driving, it is also working technically with the engineers, use simulators, training everyday in the gym from 3 to 5 hours a day, dealing with many meetings with sponsors and media's. So mainly it is hard to do everything, there is a lot you have to sacrifice for racing, you can’t pretend to do a normal teenager life; but my priority is racing and it is the only thing I really want so I’m glad to do it.

What would you like to say to everyone that is dreaming of a career in racing?
Never take anything for granted, be precise and methodical with everything, and live for it! Never give up!