A Rookie in the Italian F4 Championship, the young Leonardo Lorandi immediately showed his worth by scoring numerous podiums and even winning a race. These performances attracted plenty of attention as he went on to claim the Rookie of the Year Title.
“I am really satisfied with my season, because I won the Rookie of the Year title by more than 200 points to my nearest and greatest rival, Enzo Fittipaldi, who started off well. I came home strong towards the end of the season, particularly from Monza onwards, where I wanted to go even better but was hampered by misfortune. Overall I am satisfied with the season and the work done by my Bhaitech team.”
Strengths and weaknesses of Leonardo Lorandi, the driver?
“Maybe I can be more precise with my engineer. However one aspect to work on is tyre wear and life. Another aspect in which I am learning all the time and also in providing feedback to my engineer after every session. It is important to tell them of the feeling I have each time in the car, something that you never stop doing or learning. Also the starts are something I am continuing to work on.”
You seem very self-critical about your performances. But to have performed as you did immediately in F4 demonstrates your quality.
“In qualifying I need to improve to find the perfect lap and be fast immediately. The same thing in the race, I need to be fast from the start.”
What is your programme for the new season?
“In 2018 I will be again with Bhaitech in F4, but I will not have an experienced team mate with me. As it happened also last year, I will effectively be by myself for the second season.”
What are your objectives?
“Obviously to do even better. This year I want to win the title.”
Tell us about your helmet that yo use, the Stilo ST5F Zero, what are it’s features and benefits?
“Stilo has been a nice surprise and straight away I found it to be fantastic. It is the lightest helmet on the grid, not just in F4 either. The lightness you can really feel, particularly in fast corners where it is an advantage. I really hope to always use Stilo in the future when I race other categories. Also I get great assistance from Stilo Racing Service for my ST5F, always great accessories and great service.”