Michael Simoncic joined the Ferrari Challenge family just three years ago and immediately made his mark. Last season he came within a whisker of winning the Coppa Shell Am title, finishing runner-up. The Baron Motorsport driver tells Fast Lane about his passions and his sporting life.
This is your third year in the Ferrari Challenge: how has the series changed, and how have you changed as a driver?
“I’m in my third season, but I feel like I still need to improve, and I’m continuing to make progress. My passion for the Prancing Horse grows with each passing year, and I even drive a Ferrari in my everyday life. I love being a member of this family more and more”.
What features do you appreciate most about the Ferrari 488 Challenge Evo?
“First, without a doubt, the unmistakable sound of the engine. It may not be as aggressive as a few years ago, but a Ferrari produces unique vibrations. Also, the feeling you get from the moment you sit behind the wheel is incredible: a sense of security provided by an efficient braking system. You feel like you’re in a Ferrari”.
Your car has a very distinctive livery: what was your inspiration?
“I chose these colours as a tribute to my company: I wanted the car to embody my company’s identity and personality”.
Besides Ferrari and motorsport, do you have any other passions?
“I love skiing, I love golf, and I love... beautiful women. Actually, I can only look because I’m married! Of course, I’m kidding. But in general, I love all the good things that life has to offer”.
What is your favourite circuit?
“My absolute favourite is Le Mans, a circuit I am very fond of as I made my Ferrari Challenge debut there. I experienced incredible excitement, and I hope to return soon. Also, I really like Monza and Spielberg”.