Female drivers are still upcoming in the world of motorsports. In the USA there is Danica Patrick, who had some great performances. But, in Europe there are some very fast ladies too. One of those ladies is Swiss driver Natacha Gachnang, who will drive the new Formula 2 championship in 2009. RacingInside.com spoke to Gachnang in an exclusive interview.
Natacha, 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?
I am Natacha Gachnang, I am 21 years old and I live in Switzerland. I have two jobs: I am a race driver and I am doing sport the rest of the time.
How did you get involved in racing? Have you always wanted to become a racedriver yourself? Did your parents always support you?
My father offered me a go kart at Christmas, so that is how I have got involved in racing. At this age, it is difficult to know what I want to do. So, I do not know exactly if I always wanted to become a race driver. My whole family supports me, so that is a very positive fact.
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?
Yes, I had so many great moments in go-karting and for me it was very important and helpful for my future in racing.
You have raced in different formula cars throughout the years. For example, you have raced with the Formula BMW, Star Mazda and Formula 3. Now you will be driving Formula 2. 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?
All these categories that I have done were experiences and a step up. I have started with a little car (BMW) and now the Formula 2 (which is bigger), but the most exciting was the Formula 3.
In 2008 you had some good races in Formula 3 in Spain and you did well. What are your expectations of the coming season, 2009, in Formula 2?
I will do my best trying to be in the top 5.
You have raced in Europe and the United States. Do you think there is a difference between the world of racing in America and the world of racing in Europe?
Yes, there are differences, but one is to know if you want to reach Formula 1 or IndyCar. To stay in Europe is the best way to get into Formula 1 and to go to the United States is the best way to the IndyCar.
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?
There is no moment that I want to forget. All bad and good moments you get are experiences for the future, but the best was the 2008 season with Campos in Spanish Formula 3.
If you could change your life with another racedriver for just one day, who will be the one you are changing with?
I would like to change with Danica Patrick.
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.?
You need to get the respect and the confidence of the people around you. If you are as fast as the best men there will be no problem.
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?
All the training, mentally and physically, is very hard.
What would you like to say to everyone that is dreaming of a career in racing?
To give always the best of yourself, keep working hard and for sure to have fun!