Leimer hoping to overcome problems
4 May 2010 – Fabio Leimer has experienced a mixed off-season, much of which has featured repair work following a string of technical problems. However, Ocean Racing Technology team-mate Max Chilton has suffered few woes in comparison and Swiss Leimer is positive that significant points and race wins can be picked up this season.
With Álvaro Parente and Formula 1 bound Karun Chandhok having driven for Tiago Monteiro's Ocean squad at the 2009 season, the all-new line-up of Leimer and Chilton confirms a joint age of 39 at the start of the 2010 campaign. For the former, conquering technical faults remains a main aim.
"On the Wednesday morning we had a big problem with the engine, with a water leak in it, so we had to change that immediately but I was quite happy with it in the end," Fabio, who turned 21 in the middle of last month, told GPUpdate.net of the final Barcelona test.
"Then later, when we were actually going to go out with new tyres, we had a problem with the gearbox - it was pretty warm - and we had to stop."
Leimer, born in Rothrist, Switzerland, also suffered gremlins at the earlier test session in France. "At Le Castellet we had a lot of different problems, like the electrics and everything," he continued. "It was crazy there, it was like two and a half days of only problems and I actually only drove for about half a day. We seem to have a different problem every time."
Despite the frustrations, though, Fabio remains optimistic and has clear targets for the upcoming season. "For me it's to be at the front, gain as many points as possible and also win races," the reigning International Formula Master Champion began to conclude.
"Then we can see. At the moment it's very difficult to say because you are a rookie and it's not like you can drive a whole day - on a race weekend will we have only half an hour of practice."
Further pre-season feeling from Ocean Racing Technology:
Chilton at home in new team