Q&A With Formula E Driver, Salvador Duran

Salvador Duran is a Mexican driver, born on May 6th, 1985. Salvador had a short career in Karting and in 2003 Duran joined the  Formula Dodge National series and finished second in the championship. A year later, 2004, Salvador joined the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup and the Italian Formula Renault 2.0, he collected 115 points and he finished on the podium three times.

In 2005, Duran took part in the “World Cup of Motorsport” and represented Team Mexico. Salvador celebrated a double win at the US round and finished on the podium three more times.

In 2007, Salvador won the Daytona 24 Hours with  Juan Pablo Montoya and Scott Pruett for Chip Ganassi Racing. It was the biggest victory of his career.

This season, Duran replaced Katherine Legge and signed a contract with Amlin Aguri. He finished 21st and collected 13 points.

At this point, I would like to thank Salvador Duran for his answers and the time that he spent to answer my questions.. Also, I would like to thank Rosa Elena Torres, Salvador’s PR, for her help. Enjoy! 

1-How difficult is it to drive a Formula E car and what makes it different compared with the other cars that you have driven?
SD: What makes really difficult to drive the car is the energy consumption. We have to regenerate a lot of energy and because of this situation; we have to do it with the braking. This means that the breaking gets very unstable. So you never know what to expect of the car in the next corner and the energy consumption is the main difficulty of the car. In fact, the main issue is that we don’t know how much energy we need to finish the race.

2- In 2005 you won the British Formula 3. Did you ever dream at that time that you would drive in a higher series like Formula E?
SD: Yes, of course I had a dream every time. I was always dreaming of driving in a bigger formula, in a higher series and being successful. I’ve never thought about trying to race in a particular series, I was always trying to become a champion. For sure when I won that championship, it made me a lot easier the way for driving in the World Series and A1GP.

3- Formula E is still something new for the fans. If you had the chance to change/improve something in the sport, what would that be?
SD: At the moment, I would say it’s very difficult to judge what I would change, because for being the first season, it has been successful. All the sponsors are really happy to be part of this project. I would say there’s nothing that I would like to change at this moment.

4- How did you feel when you won the Daytona 24 hours? and how was it to drive alongside with Juan Pablo Montoya and Scott Pruett?
SD: It was a very special occasion for sure. It’s one of the greatest races in the world.
In that moment I was very young, I had lots of expectations of what to do. Actually, I didn’t have the time to enjoy it as much as I would now, because I was competing in several series and I was trying to be always in the top championships.
At that time, this race was not my goal. When I had the opportunity everything came too quick. I’ve wished I were more mature by that time so I could enjoy it a lot more, but never it’s too late. I still have those memories and I’ve really enjoyed driving those cars under very difficult conditions, because in the middle of the night I remember it was cold and wet. So it was very special for me.

5- Mexico will host a F1 Grand Prix this season. Is your dream to sign a contract with a Formula 1 team and race in your home track?
SD: For sure, it’s an every driver’s dream to sign a contract in F1 and when you have a race in your hometown, of course it’s very special.
At this time in my life, Formula E is the best series for me for the future and right now my dream is to sign another contract for the next season in Formula E.
Therefore, things are changing every single year. Now my priority is Formula E and that’s my dream right now. F1 is something that I would really like to do, but by now as I said for me Formula E is better.

6- Did you ever dream when you were younger that you would drive in Europe?

SD: No, I actually didn’t. When I started racing I was doing soccer as well in a soccer school; so my goal was to become a soccer player. It happened very quickly when my Dad purchased a go-kart for me and I started racing. When I won my first championship in Mexico, they invited me to participate in a formula race in America. I’ve decided to go and participate in two races. They went really well, I’ve had very good results and from there everything went too quick.
I didn’t even have the time to have a dream about that. After the second season I’ve moved to Europe. Then, I’ve realised that I really wanted to become a F1 driver, because I knew what it was needed and I knew that I’d really love to do it.So, not when I was a kid, but when I was around 17 years old, I’ve started to dream about it.

7- Do you know Roberto Duran? What’s your favourite Duran Duran track?
SD: Haha, I don’t actually (know Roberto Duran).My favourite track is difficult to say.I don’t listen too much Duran Duran, but I have very good memories about Duran Duran when Jo Ramirez gave me a CD as present. I remember I’ve listen the CD a lot when I was in Europe, just because it meant a lot for me, because Jo gave it to me.That’s one of my best memories about this.

8- Describe Aguri Suzuki in 3 words.
SD: He’s a charming guy, intelligent and funny.

9- How close are you with your team-mate Antonio Felix da Costa?
SD: We have a very good relationship since a long time ago, when he was doing Formula Renault 2.0 and I was doing the World Series. We are very good friends, we share a lot about the team and the car.I really like him as a person and as a driver I really respect him a lot. He is quick, he’s young and he’s very smart in how he does the energy consumption. He has a lot of experience on this and he does it very well.

10-What do you miss the most from Mexico and how often do you go back?
SD: I miss everything. I really love my country. I love everything about it: Food, people, weather. I like everything. I try to go as much as I can. As soon as I have enough time, I go back to Mexico.

11- Talking about Mexican culture now. Mariachi is quite famous in Mexico. Have you ever sung with them to propose to a woman?
SD: That’s a very unique and difficult question to answer, because that’s something very personal. So, I will pass on that one and talking about mariachi, I really love it. I love Mexican music. Actually that’s the kind of music that I listen the most. Mariachi not so much, but I like it a lot. I listen a lot of ‘banda’ and I really, really love all the Mexican culture.

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