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Charlie Eastwood Mid-Season Q&A
Posted by: newsla on Aug 19, 2014 - 02:21 PM
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Charlie Eastwood Mid-Season Q&A

This is your first year of racing in single-seaters after competing in karts, how are you finding the transition?
Single-seater racing is really different to karting and, as a result, the transition between the two is very big. Many drivers say it’s the biggest transition between levels that you’ll experience in racing. The main differences you have to get used to are the suspension and aerodynamics, as it’s a totally different driving style to get the most of out of the car compared to karting.


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What are you thoughts of the season to date and what do you think of the Championship?
We struggled slightly at the start of the season but are steadily improving race by race and our pace has been very strong in the last few races. The championship this year is very competitive and there are several drivers who have competed in the championship last year, which is definitely an advantage for them. However, I’m confident that we’ll continue improve as the second half of the season pans out and we’ll soon be fighting towards the top.

What do you enjoy most about racing in F4?
The best thing about F4 is definitely the atmosphere at the race weekends. There’s always such a buzz at the tracks from the moment you arrive. The race weekends are very different to karting, for example we have standing starts in F4.

What is your greatest racing achievement to date and why?
My greatest achievement is winning the Rotax World Championship in 2012. All the karts in the Championship are the same so you don’t get any competitive advantage from the kart - you actually pick your kart out of a hat to keep it totally fair - so instead it’s all down to the driver. It was our first year competing in the World Championship so to come away with a win exceeded all of our expectations.

You've been busy off the track this year too. You were studying for your A-Levels, how did you find juggling studying, exams and racing?
It was very difficult. Most people my age find it hard doing A-levels, and they are going to school every day. For me it was even tougher as I was only in school around three times a week due to my racing commitments, so I had to constantly catch up on work but also concentrate on racing.

You've also been busy with some of your sponsors, tell us about some of the highlights of the year?
I’ve been fortunate to have been involved in several events with my sponsor TW Steel. My first event was with David Coulthard at Daytona, which was great as I got to interview him and ask him lots of questions about racing. The best event of the year so far was the Silverstone F1 race as I had never been to a F1 race before and I was fortunate to experience it as a guest of Sahara Force India’s. They gave me the opportunity to go into the garage and experience the team’s hospitality; it was a great chance to see how everything works during an F1 weekend.

Your family travels with you to your races, how important is your family's support to you in your racing?
They are very important because they have been with me from the start of karting when I was 8 and I know for sure that without mum and dad’s support, I wouldn’t have got this far in racing.

What made you decide to get into racing?
I’ve been around karts and cars since I can remember. My dad raced and my two older brothers both raced so I was never going to be a footballer!!

What is your ultimate goal in racing?
Like most people racing in single-seater motorsport my goal is to get to F1. I am going to try my best to achieve my goal but I’m also realistic that there are only so many spaces per year in F1. If F1 doesn’t work out then I want to be a professional racing driver competing in one of the top series in the world.

What advice would you give young karters hoping to follow in your path to single-seaters?
My advice would be just to keep at it. Not many people start winning early on and for me the turning point was 2010 when I started winning big races, which was 4 years after I had started racing. You just have to keep pushing, even during the tough times, and when the wins start to come they will taste even sweeter!

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