Former Buckingham University student, Marc Gene, has high hopes that the new FIA F1 World Championship will deliver an exciting season of racing, writes James Beckett.
Gene is the Scuderia Ferrari official test and reserve driver, and has arrived in Australia this week for the opening round of the 2016 direct from a Ferrari Racing Days event in Japan.
Speaking from Australia, Gene said: “Pre-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya has provided us with some interesting facts.
“Obviously the Mercedes is a fast car, and that is to be fully expected given their performance of recent years. At Ferrari we believe our new car is a big improvement over 2015, and we did win races last year.
“It will be very interesting to see how every car competes once they are all on-track together and at the same time. I am very much looking forward to the new season.”
Gene will be present at all rounds of the F1 World Championship with Ferrari, and also carrying out duties as part of the Italian television service.
He added: “It is great to be able to offer a view on the championship via my role in television. I am a Ferrari ambassador so my work on television is carried out with the blessing of Ferrari and I wear their colours. I am very fortunate to be involved with such a famous team and I am proud of my long association with them.”
Gene is not certain if he will race in sportscars this year, however, adding: “Nissan withdrew from the WEC and I have a very full career with Ferrari.
“That is my major concern for this season and 2016. I really want to play a part in returning Ferrari to the very top of the racing ladder in F1.”