Freddie Hunt as teammates with Mathias Lauda, ambassador with Formula E and all things wildlife-concerned. And yes, he's still set to be a future Le Mans winner. Interview.
Freddie Hunt is a busy man. You'd be too if you practically co-produced a live sequel of the movie 'Rush', flew around most of Asia and Europe due to commitments at various racing events with Africa on the radar while thinking of surviving the great 24-hour race.
The India-based single-seater MRF Series races during the winter season and saw the novelty of the unusual - but obvious - team-up of two second-generation drivers with Mathias Lauda and Freddie Hunt. Having his first outing with the 2000cc car I asked Freddie about his venture in Qatar last weekend:
It was tough, because I had never driven the car or anything like that before - with that much power and downforce. It's not a lot, but more than I'd done. A lot more power than the Formula Ford car I drove at Castle Combe. That was about 130-140bhp, but these are around 210. A lot more grip, too, which is great fun - I enjoyed the cornering speeds and the braking.
I had a 30-minute practice session to learn the track and the car, and then I went straight into qualifying. I was about a second and a half off the pace. I qualified 8th of which I wasn't too upset about, because that was my first race in quite a while. And then the race itself wasn't that good because the car wasn't behaving properly with a lot of understeer. I thought my driving technique had something wrong with it, so I was just trying to figure out how to drive better. And before the last race we made a setup change and then I realized it wasn't my driving - it was the car, because it suddenly felt like a whole different ride, as if there was double the grip. Then I set the fastest lap of the race, and unfortunately I got a bit overexcited, made a mistake and finished in the gravel. I went from 11th to 6th on the first lap, and on the second lap I was a second quicker than everyone else. Then I went into the gravel and when I came out I was the quickest again by a second and a half, which was the third fastest lap of the weekend. Very happy with the pace. Good race and weekend overall, learnt a lot. Now, I'm very excited and looking forward to the next race in Bahrain. Now I know I've got the pace, so we can really attack the guys at the front.
Apart from racing duties, Freddie has been 'selected' as a Driver Ambassador and Sustainability Spokesman at the Formula E Championship. He was present at the inaugural race in Beijing. This is how he saw the cars and their philosophy: