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An interview with the 2021 Danish ‘F4’ Champion Mads Hoe

Interviewed by Danny Jones, edited by Harshi Vashee 

F4 is regarded as the 1st step to F1 in almost every racing driver’s career – but not Mads Hoe. Mads didn’t even technically win the Danish F4 Championship, he was racing in an F5 car – more on that later. We discussed Mads’ career so far, his title winning season, and there’s even a bombshell at the end!

What got you into Motorsport?

Mads: My father wasn’t home so much when I was a child because of his job, so he bought a go kart  for me,and one for himself, so we could spend the weekends on the racetracks together and then it just evolved from there.

Do you have any motorsport inspirations?

Mads: I really don’t know. I´ve always just been driving because it was fun but, if I have to mention someone, it would be Kimi.

Kimi Raikkonen once said he treats motorsport as a hobby, would you say you do too?

Mads: Well, you can’t say it better than he does. I drive and compete in motorsports because I think it’s fun, and because of all the good times I’ve experienced. I love the way Kimi is racing because he loves it, no matter if it´s rally or F1, he is just doing what he loves.

You managed to win the championship in an F5 car, what is the difference with an F5 and F4 car?

Mads: The Formula 5 was called Formula Ford a few years ago so, a lot of people already know what a F5 car is. It is just a Formula Ford with a wing-kit from an F4 and a limiter that limits the F5 from 160 hp to 125 hp.

For me, it is just so much fun driving the F5. I just love the Formula 5, I feel so much at home driving it. The H-pattern is so much more difficult than the supportive paddle shift, which won’t downshift before the car is ready and by itself cuts the gas in the upshifts.

Even though the Formula 5 has been limited to 125 hp from the former 160 hp, it’s still just so much more fun (We´re losing around 1 and a half second per lap because of the limiter)

The Formula 4 cars have 160 hp, wider tires, paddle shifts, better brakes and are also never made from carbon.

Whereas, the F5 now have 125 hp, H-pattern gearbox, no supportive, pipe frame chassis, and most of them are 10 years older than the F4.

What is it like driving for your own team?

Mads: This is a tough one to answer, I have never tried anything else, it has always just been me and my dad. But I think that it is my favorite part because as a child, my dad wasn’t home much because of his job so, racing on the weekends was a way for me to spend a lot of time with him.

How good are names like Juju Noda and Emerson Fittipaldi Jr for the series in increasing its reputation and popularity?
Mads: It is good, but they´re only choosing to drive in Denmark, because they can begin a year earlier than in other countries. I think that the Danish F5 and F4 need to rely on the Danish talents, because the international talents won’t keep coming every year. 

You’ve raced in Danish F4 for a while, is this the most competitive it has ever been?
Mads: Actually I´ve only technically been racing in the Danish F4 for a single year, that was in 2019. The other years I have been competing in F5, but with participation in F4, because the F5s are running like a b-rank for the F4.
If you are comparing my lap times in the two cars, I´ve been around half a second faster in the Formula 4 on every track, than I have ever been in the Formula 5. So I haven’t been faster this year than the other years, the others have just been slower. 

The whole year they have all said it was because I had more experience. None of them realized that they had been sitting behind the steering wheel of a race car for more kilometers than I have, because I never do test days – I only drive on race weekends.

Are there any particular highlights from this year?
Mads: I think I have a favorite on track highlight and a favorite off-track highlight this year

The on-track highlight is my pass on Wulff on the outside off turn 3 on Jyllandsringen in the rain, it shows how much I believe in what the car can do, and it was a lot of fun.

The off-track highlight is from the first race weekend of the year; I made a perfect race weekend with pole position and 3 heat wins. After the races Emmo (Emerson Jr.) came into our tent with a Pirelli cap signed by his father – I was absolutely starstruck.
Just being recognized by them was absolutely stunning for me.

What do you love about motorsport?
Mads: This can’t be explained with words man. Well, there are so many things that I love about it, not only the racing, but also seeing the young guns evolving into better race drivers. 

I´m in love with the adrenalin, the races, the weekends with the team, my mechanics and my dad, the winning feeling and so on, it just continues.

Can we expect you to be continuing in the series next year?
Mads: Well, I´ve said to myself that 2021 was going to be my last year racing, partly because we can´t find the budget to keep doing it, but also because I´m getting older, I need to focus on my education as a Web developer and begin to work a lot more.

But who knows if an offer slides into my DM I’ll consider it. 

No matter what, the team will continue. My sister will still be racing and we’ll try to get some other drivers to join Mads Hoe Motorsport.
I will still be present at the Danish races as a coach and mentor for our drivers, and who knows, maybe I´ll guest a race or two in a race car older than most of the boys in Formula 4 haha.

We thank Mads for his time answering our questions and wish him the best of luck on his post-racing career!

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An interview with Ginetta GT5 winner Will Aspin

Interviewed by Tom Evans Edited by Harshi Vashee

I was lucky enough to interview Ginetta GT5 driver and winner Will Aspin a short while ago!

Tom: First of all, who are you, what series do you race in and tell us something we might not know about you!

Will: Hi, I’m Will Aspin. I’m a 17 year old British racing driver. I live in Italy and I race in the Ginetta GT5 Challenge Championship. Something you might not know about me is that it’s only my 2nd full year in racing, and I haven’t done any sort of karting. 

Tom: Were you always interested in Motorsport from a young age? If so, how were you introduced to it?

Will: I’ve always been interested in Motorsports since I was young and it’s definitely my dad’s fault, he is a car nutter and he loves racing. So whenever Formula one was on at the weekend he would always watch it. The time I found out I really liked it was when he took me to a Ferrari challenge race at Mugello and it was something I found really exciting. However, there was one thing I didn’t like, there was a massive crash on the main straight with cars on fire and everything so, it was a massive shunt. And I remember saying to my dad “please don’t do this!”. But obviously I’m doing it now so it’s slightly weird that I said that, but I was pretty young so it is what it is. 

Tom: Who was/were your idols growing up? And why? (They don’t have to be Motorsport related) 

Will: My idols growing up were probably my dad. I definitely looked up to him alot, so if he did something I always also tried to do it. In terms of motorsport, Michael Schumacher was someone I looked up to, just the way he drove the car was amazing, and I enjoyed watching him so it was a win-win.

Tom: Why number 26?

Will: The reason I chose number 26 is because I couldn’t have number 16! There isn’t really much of a reason. When I choose my numbers, I always try to find a number that means something to me if that makes any sense. A number which goes with my name. I think for next year I’ll try and find something else that’ll stick with me for the rest of my career and people will know me because of that number.

Tom: Was there a spontaneous day when you decided to be a racing driver, or was it a long and gradual thought process?

Will: It was sort of a spontaneous decision/day in a way, like I knew I’d always wanted to do some proper karting. I asked my parents and they said that they’d rather me get into Ginetta than karting, mostly because karting’s much more dangerous, and they were right, and to be honest thinking about it now, I’m pretty glad I didn’t get into karts because I don’t think I would be where I am at the moment, and definitely not in cars, so I’m really happy with the decision my parents helped me make and the support I’ve had. So it was sort of spontaneous but, it was always something I wanted to do. I never really got the chance from my parents when I was younger, so I did push them a bit! But once I turned 13 going onto 14 I pushed them a bit more, and eventually it happened, and I really couldn’t thank them enough for giving me that opportunity.

Tom: The costs of starting a career in Motorsport is very difficult for most people due to the large costs involved. Was this a challenge for you, and if so how did you overcome those problems?

Will: So obviously it does come with a cost, and it is very difficult for lots of people to get involved because of how massive the costs are. For me, yes it was a challenge to get the budget due to family circumstances, but we managed to do it in the end and sorted it out and we managed to go racing. In terms of overcoming the problems, I had some inheritance so I put some of that in and just worked hard towards our goal. Obviously in the first year in Ginetta Juniors we didn’t really have any sponsors, so it was mostly my parents paying so I really thank them a lot. But this year I’ve got some sponsors, Alpaca, Munroe.K and ALT legal who have helped me and I also can’t thank them enough as well. They’re all a really nice bunch of people and I love to have them onboard next year whatever we are gonna do. 

Tom: From 2020 to 2021 your results in Ginetta have improved massively. Was there a particular confidence boost that you had, or was it just a matter of experience?

Will: So last year I raced in Ginetta Junior and it was my first season in racing so it was a learning year. Throughout that season from where we started in Donnington to where we finished at Brands hatch, it went well I’d say for my first year in racing it went really well. I think it was 7 or 8 top 10 finishes and it was a really enjoyable year but also challenging but we knew it was gonna be challenging at the start of the year. But yeah we did really well finishing 15th in the championship, which doesn’t sound impressive when you first look at it but considering it was my first year of racing. Towards the end of the season we were always in the top 10 or even fighting in or near the front at some point so we couldn’t have been happier. This year it hasn’t been the biggest step up, as GT5 is using the same chassis (Ginetta G40) but it has more HP (55 more) and slick tyres so the corners are where it’s much faster. With the slicks it’s a good fun car to race and I would definitely recommend it to any young racers who are looking to race in a great car and a great championship. To be honest, there was never a point where I didn’t believe I could do it. It was always in me, I knew I could do it. I just needed to have the time and experience. After testing, I felt comfortable with the team around me which boosted my confidence and got me ready for the season. But also with a lack of experience you’re always gonna have that thought in the back of your head saying that you can’t do it when really you can.

Tom: Well, we know you’ve had great success in Ginetta GT5 this year, but did you ever believe that you’d have the impressive results that you’ve had?

Will: I did surprise people when I got into GT5 because they didn’t expect me to be that quick. I did believe that I’d have impressive results after the first couple of times I got into the car because we knew where we were compared to last year’s drivers. We were at the front and last year’s drivers weren’t at all bad with names like James Taylor and Josh Malin so we knew we were at the front so we aimed for the championship, and we finished 3rd. I’m really happy with how the season has gone. We’ve been a bit unlucky with a few races and we won 6 races on the road, so the championship really should have gone down to the wire but yeah bit of bad luck, but you’ve gotta take it and be proud of what we’ve done. 

Tom: You’ve had some brilliant results this year picking up 3 wins and 13 podiums. Was there a particular drive that you were extra proud of?

Will: There was one drive, a wet race that I enjoyed very very much, but also Donnington race one, it was where I led from P2 to P1, but to keep Josh Steed behind me and pull a gap to him was something that I could think of and prove the point that I can do it. The second race was really something I loved leading from start to finish, in the wet as well with no prior experience in the wet but I managed to pull it out the bag and get our heads down. But the one that really was the best one was race 3 that weekend. We won again and managed to fend off Sam Smith behind me for the whole race. My tyres were pretty old as well so it was hard, but rewarding.

Tom: And finally, after a very solid Ginetta GT5 season, do you plan to race in GT4 next year or venture elsewhere?

Will: Next year I do plan on going somewhere else, to something a bit faster, talks are going on and nearly complete so should be confirmed very soon, and should be announced the beginning of next year hopefully so yeah really excited for the things coming up in the future. I’m very lucky and I can’t wait for the next few years they’re gonna be really special and hard as well! Well not hard but challenging and I’m ready to take that challenge on! 

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An Interview with the 2021 French F4 Champion – Esteban Masson

Interviewed by Danny Jones, Edited by Harshi Vashee 

As 2021 draws to a close, many motorsports start rounding out their seasons and finding their champions. None other than French F4, regarded as one of the starting blocks for F1, and we were fortunate enough to interview the champion, Esteban Masson.

What got you into Motorsport?

Esteban: My dad was driving a bit, so I just wanted to do the same, so I tried it, and I loved it.

Who are your motorsport idols?
Esteban: Honestly, I find Hamilton an incredible driver, but I don’t really have any idols, I’m more concerned on what I’m doing.

What is it that you find so incredible about motorsport?
Esteban: All the speed and adrenaline you feel inside a racing car.

What expectations did you have for this season?
Esteban: I was here to win, and I’m really happy to have done so.

Is there anyone from the series who you think may be a big name in the future?
Esteban: Hugh Barter is actually a really good driver, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he goes up the ranks in the next few years.

Barter finished 2nd to Esteban in the standings

What is your racing number and why did you choose it?

Esteban: 9, just because it’s my favourite number from the beginning

In what area do you think you’re strongest as a racing driver?
Esteban: Maybe at all the high speed tracks, because they’re my favourites. I’m also really strong in qualifying, I think.

That’s certainly true, Esteban picked up 9 out of 14 poles this season!

Do you have any particular highlight or moment from the season?

Esteban: Nothing in particular, but this entire season has been a good memory

Is there anything particularly you want to do in your racing career?
Esteban: Yeah, I would just like to progress up through the single-seater pyramid

Do you have any plans for next year?
Esteban: Yessir, FRECA!

We thank Esteban for his time in answering our questions, even finding out his series for next year, and wish him the best of luck in the upcoming seasons.

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An interview with Ginetta GT5 driver John Bennett

Interviewed by Tom Evans, Edited by Harshi Vashee 

First of all, who are you and in what series do you race?

John Bennett, 18 years old and I race in the Ginetta GT5 Challenge.

When did you start to take an interest in Motorsport?

I watched F1 with my Dad from as young as I could remember, he started racing Caterhams when I was about 4 and I just always loved everything to do with it, got in a rental kart from as young as I could and that was it.

Who were your biggest idols growing up? 

Motorsport idols would be Senna, Button, and probably my Dad. 

Why did you choose your driver number?

My race number is 27, my Dad used to race with it! He currently races in the Castle Combe GT Championship, and has just been crowned champion for the second year running. 

How did you start your Motorsport career?

Started corporate karting very young, but only for fun really, never anything serious like other drivers who kart internationally, I was always quick in the rental karts, lap records at Thruxton Kart track and Wessex Raceway, we started doing some Junior Rotax when I was 16, again just for fun. My Dad always thought I had a lot of potential, so we tried out a car for the first time in January 2020 with the Ginetta GT5. I loved it and learnt the car very quickly.

I then had my first season in 2020, ended the year with 3 podiums from the last 4 races, and set a lap record at Silverstone. This year we entered GT5 again, currently have 4 wins and 9 podiums, 2 poles, 4 fastest laps. 

How much of a confidence boost was it after you won your first race in Ginetta GT5?

It was a great confidence boost getting my first win – it was the first race of the season which was good to get the year underway, but inconsistent finishes is what has cost me in the championship. 

You’re currently sitting 3rd in the standings, how far do you reckon you can go with 1 round remaining?

For example, at Donington earlier in the year, I went from 8th to 1st in Race 1, 11th to 2nd in race 2, but then got into contact in race 3 and only finished P12. Whereas Josh Steed has been able to finish 6th at worst! I’ll definitely be able to fight for second in the championship, but the gap to Steed is just too big to seriously contend at this point – but you never know. 

And finally, what are your plans for the future?

I have very big plans for next year which can’t quite be revealed just yet, if you ask me again in a week or two I might be able to reveal them!

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An interview with British F4 title contender Matias Zagazeta

Interviewed by Tom Evans, Edited by Harshi Vashee 

First of all, who are you and in what series do you race?

I am Matias Zagazeta, I come from Peru and I race in the British F4 Championship.

When did you start to take an interest in Motorsport, and who were your favourite drivers?

I have been interested in Motorsport or cars in general since I can remember, watching it on the TV. I remember watching Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel, they were my favourite drivers.

Why did you choose your driver number?

I chose number 8 as my number mainly because I was 8 years old when I started racing and my birthday is the 8th of September. It was also the number of my favourite all time driver, Ayrton Senna. 

You started karting in 2011, being your first season in the sport were there any major obstacles for you to overcome?

My first Karting season in 2011 was full of learning as I started racing in Peru with a small grid of cars. Then, I started to race internationally first around South America then, the United States and finally coming to Europe in 2017.

When you started competing in the European IAME karting championship, what was the hardest, but most rewarding thing about moving to the UK?

Coming to live in the UK by myself in 2020 was very hard because I was away from my family, friends and home and here it is a very different culture so it took me some time to get used to it and adapt. This however helped me be a lot more responsible and take care of myself.

You took the step up to British F4 in 2020. Was adapting to single seater cars difficult or easier than you expected? 

For me personally, I found it very very hard to get used to single seaters. Coming from karting, I had a difficult first season where I just couldn’t adapt to the car and didn’t have confidence in it which was the biggest problem. 

But also in 2020 you competed in some major Esports competitions. Do you think Esports is a good alternative to actual racing for great drivers on a lower budget?

Yes, before the season, British F4 organized some IRACING races and I joined just to stay sharp and have some fun during the difficult times. I didn’t have the best simulator compared to the other drivers but I had good fun! I think Esports has proven to find a lot of talented people and I think it’s also a good alternative for drivers. 

In 2021, you’ve had a brilliant British F4 season. With 4 wins so far, you’ve had a brilliant fight for the championship with Matthew Rees. With one round to go, do you think you can claim the title? 

This season has been fantastic, still learning a lot but the most important thing was that we managed to find the confidence with the car. It’s going to be an interesting last round as there’s 4 drivers still in contention so we will turn up and do our best, like we have been doing all season and this is no different. Hopefully by the end of the weekend when we look at the results, we are champions but, we will stay focused and do what we have to do to perform at our best. 

And finally what are your hopes/ambitions for the future? 

In the short term hopefully to be the British F4 champion after this weekend and in the long term, to become a Formula 1 world champion. Many drivers say they want to get to Formula 1, but why not push it a bit more?

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An interview with Tooned Illustrations and Pamin Designs

We at DIVEBOMB were recently lucky enough to talk to Tooned Illustrations and Pamin Designs, two up-and-coming Motorsport graphic designers, to find out a little more about what they do and who they are!

Interviewd by Tom Evans, Edited by Harshi Vashee

Tom: Did you take an interest in Motorsport at a young age or when you were older?

Pamin: Yes I did watch f1 here and there but never knew anything about it, at that moment of time it was just cars for me. I loved cars and that was what I used to watch. I started watching motorsports properly  when I went to college.

Tooned: Yes, I started taking an interest at a younger age

Tom: When did you decide to start graphic designing?

Pamin: I was never into graphic design. It was just a consequence of me being in a creative field and for any creative field it’s known that presentation skills are very important so doing that I gradually explored stuff and got into graphic design and further went into illustrations.

Tooned: When I was 18 i.e an year back

Tom: What’s your favourite graphic that you’ve ever created?

Pamin: The most favourite piece of my work is a black and white graphic of a car which I digitised when I was starting out illustrations. Actually the original sketch of that car was very old, I had sketched it when I was in 11th grade I guess. So that work is very dear to me.

Tooned: My favourite graphic is George Russell in the Mercedes outfit

Tom: If you could choose a brand, team principal and 2 drivers to join f1, who would you choose?

Tooned: Lamborghini F1 .

              Team Principal- Toto Wolff

               Engine- Koenigsegg

               Drivers- George Russell, Gasly or Seb

Tom: What are the hardest things about being a graphic designer?

Pamin: I don’t know what is hardest exactly about being a graphic designer but for any festive field or for every field I guess, I face it personally. The work which I feel is okay, average it blows up, everyone likes but the work which I believe is amazing and it would work well doesn’t match the expectations or it doesn’t work the way I want. It doesn’t happen every time but yes it does happens sometimes and figuring the right thing that would work is the hardest thing

Tooned: Definitely time and support

Tom: And finally, what do you hope to achieve in the future?

Pamin: In the future I would love to be a dedicated motorsport graphic artist but you know that life is unpredictable and no one knows what would happen at what moment so I try to do my best everyday and be a better version of me from the day before.

Tooned: I don’t have any future plans at the moment, but I would prefer my stuff to be a success.

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An interview with Josh Revell

Interviewed by Tom Evans, Edited by Harshi Vashee 

New Zealander Josh Revell is well known for his highly entertaining motorsport and Formula One videos for which he has amassed an impressive 250 thousand subscribers on his YouTube channel!

Tom: When did you start to take an interest in Motorsport?

Josh: Pretty much from the age of 5. I was always sort of interested in cars, but motorsport in particular first came to my attention through video games such as Formula One 2001 and TOCA World Touring Cars on the PlayStation. From there, it was seeing stuff like V8 Supercars and Formula One on TV and it snowballed from there.

Tom: Who were your biggest idols growing up? And who is your biggest idol now?

Josh: In motor racing terms, I’d have to say Michael Schumacher and Mark Skaife. Those two were at the peak of their games when I was first becoming engrossed in the sport and it helped peak my interest in it even more. Obviously, Michael is still a hero for me, and a lot of other people around the world. Mark Skaife – yeah nah, can’t say he still is.

As for idols today – not really sure I have any, to be honest.

Tom: What are the biggest challenges, but also the biggest rewards of being an F1 YouTuber?

Josh: The biggest challenge perhaps with being an F1 YouTuber is staying on the good side of the algorithm. Because it obviously has a direct impact on your channel performance and subsequently your income. So, while I produce, the content is largely down to what I’m feeling at that particular time. Sometimes you have to anticipate when the best time for any particular video may be (i.e. leading up to a Grand Prix weekend or driver announcement). It does keep you on edge a lot of the time, but for smaller creators especially, it’s very hard for them to get off the ground.

The biggest reward of the whole gig? That my day job is literally making videos about the sport that I love (and sometimes hate). It’s a much better experience than my last job – repairing laptops for cranky Neanderthals.

Tom: You hit a quarter of a million subscribers, very recently. Did you ever think you could hit this number?

Josh: At the start, no. But then again, I never set out to make a channel that would hit ‘the big numbers’. I just wanted to make content that no-one else was doing. And that still is the case today. Of course, once momentum got on my side, at the beginning of 2020, I started to believe in the 100K mark. Once I passed it, I set sights on the bigger numbers. While at the same time, trying not to allow my head to get bigger than it already is.

Tom: What’s the favourite video you’ve ever made/most proud of?

Josh: That’s a hard one, cos I never rewatch my videos and a lot of them I’ve forgotten by now. The Mahaveer one may seem like the obvious answer to a lot of people, but personally, I’m not sure that’d be near the top of my list.

Tom: If you could choose a brand, team principal and 2 drivers to join f1, who would you choose?

Josh: Brand? Well, Lamborghini would be nice to have back in Formula 1. Preferably this time with an engine that would last long enough to pull out of the pits. I’m not certain on a team principal from outside of Formula 1, although for the two drivers, I’d go with Theo Pourchaire and Dan Ticktum…it was bloody hard choosing just two from the crop of potential candidates

Tom: You recently did a collaboration with formula 2. Do you hope that f1/2 will do more collaborations with YouTubers going into the future?

Josh: Yeah, absolutely. We’ve seen other sports embrace content creators because they’ve realised how much it benefits the sport by promoting it through different means. It seems like F1 are taking this approach too, and I hope this is actually the case and not me just being off with the fairies. But it’s promising signs given how, not too long ago, F1 YouTubers typically ran their channels like fugitives on the run.

Tom: Looking into the future, what’s the next milestone that you want to hit?

Josh: Well, each 100K sub mark I hit is another goal attained. Half a million is the next big one, and I’ve gotten it into my head now that the one million subscriber mark is actually feasibly possible now. Albeit, still a while away from happening. Beyond that, I’m not too sure. But like I said before, the aim is really to make the videos that I want, within the timeframe I have, telling stories of the sport that no-one else has, or does, or wants, or whatever.

Tom: And finally, could you give us a sneak peak on any upcoming videos?

Josh: Well, I’ll be revisiting the Alessio Deledda topic at the end of the year…which’ll be fun 😉

We wish Josh all the best in his future endeavours as we are sure he will excel at anything he puts his mind to, and as always, Don’t be a Manus!

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 An interview with Matthew Rees

Interview conducted by Tom Evans, Edited by Harshi Vashee

We recently were lucky enough to sit down for an interview with Welsh racing driver Matthew Rees,

Tom: First of all, who are you and in what series do you currently race in?

Matthew: Hi, I’m Matthew Rees and I’m currently racing in the British F4 2021 Championship. 

Tom: When did you start to take an interest in Motorsport?

Matthew: When I was 6 years old, I stepped into a kart for the first time at Llandow Kart Club and I have been racing ever since. 

Tom: Who were your biggest idols growing up, in racing or not? 

Matthew: One of my biggest idols has got to definitely be Kimi Räikkönen because he is a very quiet individual, something that I see in myself and he does all his talking on the track. 

Tom: Why did you choose your driver number? 

Matthew: Number 35 is the race number that I used in my cadet years and is the number that scored me my first ever seeded number so the number has stuck with me ever since. 

Tom: Why did you decide to start karting?

Matthew: I grew up in a car. My family and both my grandparents owned their own garages so for as long as I can remember this has been a passion that the whole family shares and I am really pleased to be able to live out my passion for racing in F4 

Tom: You maintained an impressive level of consistency during the 2017 Super1 National cadet championship (karting), but what is the key to this?

Matthew: Mostly the key to my consistency would definitely be in the preparation, as myself and the team around me spent plenty of time beforehand testing and practicing lots of race craft needed for the season ahead. Another thing that helped me with consistency was learning to deal with pressure in high stress situations as this was key to defining my final outcome. 

Tom: You didn’t race in any series in 2020, so what was the most difficult part of jumping into a brand new series after a year out?

Matthew: The most difficult part about jumping into a new series is learning how to use the gears effectively and learning about the downforce as this plays a key factor in keeping up continuous speed around all the tracks

Tom: As of this interview you are currently leading the British F4 championship. How do you handle the pressure and do you think you can go all the way?

Matthew: One way that I cope with the pressure is to think about each race as it comes and not focus on the championship. This way I can try and perform to the best of my ability. Overall I think that after the first half of the season we are standing in good stead, with a strong team and kit around us. We could go all the way but it will be a close battle as there are plenty of worthy drivers on this year’s grid. 

Tom: And finally what do you hope for the future of your career?

Matthew: In the future obviously the main aim is to make it to Formula 1 and be in a good enough car to challenge for the title but if that is not the case, I would like to be able to do what I love and get paid for a living.

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An interview with Kelsey Kirby

Kelsey Kirby is a twenty four year old Irish woman currently beginning her career in Motorsports. Taking part in the Formula Woman competition, to win a fully sponsored drive in the 2022 GTCup Championship. 

Interviewed by Megan Teahan, edited by Janvi Unni

When did you come into the motorsports world?

So this year is the very first year I am actively participating in motorsports. I have always loved cars and bikes, and the very first motorsport event I remember ever watching was Red Bull X-Fighters, which is a freestyle motocross competition which is absolutely crazy! From that, I started watching all of the competitions and I started watching Nitro Circus, but I never got into watching actual car racing until a few years ago, so I am very much a complete beginner! I now watch so many racing series; from Formula 1/2/3, WSeries, Indycar, GT World Challenge to touring car racing and the circuit racing that goes on at Mondello Park that I can get to!

Who was your biggest inspiration at the time?

The first woman I remember seeing in motorsports was actually Jolene Van Vugt, she is a Canadian stunt woman and the first woman to backflip a full-sized dirt bike! She showed that women could do the things the men were doing just as well, if not better. Rosemary Smith is another Irish woman who is a big inspiration, she is a veteran rally driver and at the age of 79 she got to drive a Renault Formula 1 car at Circuit Paul Ricard becoming the oldest person to ever drive an F1 car. Seeing women excel in things that aren’t female dominated is amazing because we are coming to break the norms and do what we love!   

Formula Woman is not well known at the present time, can you describe what Formula Woman is to someone who has never heard of it, the different stages of the competition and what you love most about the category?

So Formula Woman is a competition for women with little to no race experience who have always wanted to get into motorsport but never had the opportunity. The winners will get a fully sponsored drive in the GTCup Championship in 2022 in a McLaren 570s GT4 car. It starts off with an online exam on the introduction to motorsport which is a very basic exam but you learn a lot if you have no experience in the racing world already. The second stage is the on-track assessment which will be split into 5 parts across the day but we are not sure what each part is going to be yet! I think they want to keep it a bit of a secret to see how we cope on the day! Every competitor will be scored by an instructor that will accompany us in the car. Those who score the highest will then progress to the next stage where the top 16 will challenge for the final 6 spots. I have loved the entire process of this competition because everyone else is also complete beginners and it is so great to see how much everyone is supporting each other throughout the last few months.

 You have previously mentioned driving at Mondello Park (Co. Kildare, Ireland), how was the overall experience and what type of cars/karts have you driven around this track?

Yes, so all my on-track training has all been done at Mondello Park so far and I love getting out there as much as I can, whether it is being out on the track driving or sitting in the grandstand watching racing! I actually went there before I even entered the Formula Woman competition when I decided to treat myself to one of their DARE Experiences for my birthday! At this point I was already wanting to get into motorsport but I didn’t know how. So I went for the day and I got to drive a BMW M2 Competition, a Porsche Cayman S, I had a drifting lesson where I learned to drift in a Nissan 350Z (I did absolutely terrible at drifting), we did an autotest course which was so much fun! We finished the day going out in a race ready Mazda3 to learn a different track before getting to go out in Formula Sheane single seaters. The first time I drove the single seater I nearly had a panic attack from the claustrophobia but since then I have gone back a few times to drive them and they are probably now one of my favourite things to drive! I think this particular day was the one that sealed the deal for me to enter Formula Woman and a lot of the instructors said it would be great to have more women in motorsport so I applied the very next day! All the staff and instructors at Mondello Park have been absolutely amazing with their help over the last few months and I can not wait to get out there as much as possible before my assessment!

 How much time have you spent on the simulator and how much has it helped you to improve on track?

I have only spent about 2 hours in total on simulators so I really need to do more soon! They are really great for helping you learn more about whatever track you’re going to be on and you can make your mistakes on the simulator then and not have to worry about damaging your car. I need to get in as much practice as I possibly can so more simulator sessions are on the to-do list!

You had your first official karting race with Formula Woman on the 25th of August in Daytona. How did you prepare and how did the event go overall?

For the karting event I did all my practicing at Kiltorcan Raceway which is a great outdoor karting circuit in Kilkenny. I did sessions just in the Sodi hire karts so I had never actually driven a race tuned kart before the race! I qualified 7th out of 20 after yellow flags on nearly every lap which was unfortunate. After the race started I managed to make up a place or two but after having a crash and being pushed into the wall I dropped quickly down the grid. Thankfully I managed to get back up to make some overtakes and finish in 8th place, not where I had hoped but it is all I could manage after more yellow flags and the crash so I am happy with how I did! I am now planning my next competition that will be outside of Formula Woman but will hopefully help me learn much more!

What is your ultimate career goal after completing your experience with Formula Woman?

My goal is to win the seat with Formula Woman to compete in the GT Cup and if that goes well then I want to stay racing for as long as possible. As cheesy as it sounds, since I have started this whole process, I am having the absolute best time even though it is hard work! I feel like I have found what I am meant to be doing. I would love to possibly compete in a single seater series also and see where that could lead. I am going to take every opportunity that comes my way and make the most of it. The support I have had from friends, family and even people I have never met before has been amazing so I would love to make everyone supporting me proud! 

Interview with Youtuber DylanJamesGP

Written and conducted by: Tom Evans, Edited by: Daniel Yi

Dylan James is a British YouTuber and content creator known for his highly entertaining motorsport opinion videos that, to this point, have amassed him an impressive 16.8 thousand subscribers! We at DIVEBOMB were lucky enough to interview him a short while ago:

Tom: When did you start to take an interest in motorsports?

Dylan: I’ve been watching motorsports since before I could think. My parents were a fan of the up and coming Lewis Hamilton in 2007 so naturally, I’d watch with them. I’d say one of my first memories was Lewis binning it in the gravel trap in China 2007 and more notably, my dad’s reaction.

Tom: Who were your biggest idols growing up? And who is your biggest idol now?

Dylan: Biggest idols growing up had to have been Lewis Hamilton and Steven Gerrard, however nowadays I’d have to say Theo Pourchaire – which may seem odd due to lack of experience within motorsports in general, however, I really admire how much he has achieved in such a short amount of time.

Tom: What are the biggest joys and challenges of being an F1 YouTuber?

Dylan: The joys of being an F1 YouTuber definitely includes audience engagement – it’s the best feeling in the world when you can tell that someone really enjoyed a video, and you begin to actually recognise the names of subscribers who have been with you through thick and thin. Ad revenue is great and all, but seeing the impact you make on a significant number of people is definitely the best part.

Biggest challenges are certainly the undesirables on the platform – the sort of internet trolls who send racist comments, death threats and the likes. However when you do create content for many, they’re bound to find you so I don’t get too caught up on negativity anymore!

Tom: Not too long ago you hit 10000 subscribers. What was your reaction to achieving what so little others have?

Dylan: Hitting 10,000 was crazy. It’s the kind of number that you always want to reach, but never think is possible when you’re pottering around with 30 odd views. Although, through a few good, popular videos and with advice and help from a fellow YouTuber -John Warren, I began making my way towards that number. Hitting it was an awesome feeling, and really felt like I was getting somewhere with a career! 

Tom: Did you ever think you would be as successful as you are?

Dylan: I always wanted to be as successful as I am now, however wanting and achieving are very different things – I had to work very hard on different projects before I even started this channel in order to acquire the knowledge and skills required to create good content. And with all of this work, I only receive 30-100 views per video.

Tom: If you could pick a team principal, and 2 drivers for your own team, who would you choose and why?

Dylan: My F1 dream team would genuinely consist of Carlos Sainz alongside Lando Norris. McLaren’s 2020 lineup worked well and I personally believe that Sainz is the most underrated driver on the grid, with Lando having the most potential of the young guns. For team principal, I’d have to pick Toto Wolff.

Tom: What are your hopes for the future of your channel?

Dylan: I don’t necessarily have any strict future ambitions for my channel. I take it day by day, video by video, subscriber by subscriber and let it all develop naturally. Obviously there are milestones, I wouldn’t complain if I eventually reached 50k for instance! However I am in no rush!

Tom: And finally, could we get a sneak peek on any new videos for the near future?

Dylan: I have a few videos planned in the near future, including a few Indycar videos featuring drivers such as Pato O’Ward. I am also working on a few fun videos featuring other YouTubers, but you’ll have to wait and see!

We at Divebomb wish DylanJamesGP the very best for his channel and career!

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