The F1 test went really well and my Mercedes experience helped me because I wasn’t intimidated by having five trucks in the paddock and I was able to work well with a large group of engineers. I got the Benetton test drive on the back of that test and Flavio [Briatore, Benetton boss] was adamant that I raced as well as tested in ’01, so I signed for Super Nova.
I did a lot of F1 miles in ’01. I enjoyed it, but I didn’t respect the F3000 car as a result. I didn’t enjoy driving it and I was always crashing it in fast corners because I expected the car to have more grip than it did. In the end I finished second in the championship and I wasn’t sorry not to have to drive one of those cars again.”