New Teammate Kourtsenovsky Returns To F1!
LAUSANNE, Switzerland – 15th of March, 2007 – It’s hard to believe that talented driver Sami Selio the 31 year-old driver from Helsinki, Finland still hasn’t found his way to the top step of the podium and recorded his first U.I.M. F1 World Championship victory. But, if this bad luck is going to change, it most certainly won’t be because he’s not prepared for the opening of the 2007 campaign.
“I’ve been in Italy working hard the last month getting the boat and team ready for the first race of the season at the Grand Prix of Portugal in Portimao on the 13th of May”, stated Sami. I want to be razor sharp when the first lap begins at the opening event and be right in the championship fight all the way to mid-December.”
The leader of the Selio F1 Team spent some time with his wife and young daughter at their new “off-season” home in Tenarefe until late January. The much needed down time got him ready to prepare for heading off to the BABA workshops northwest of Milan, Italy working flat out while adding the newly mandated “crash boxes” to his new boat.
“We feel our boat won’t be as affected as others to the new “add-ons” that are expected to make these boats safer,” said Selio. “We will continue our testing next week on the Po River to find out more about the change in boat geometry.”
The team is welcoming driver Stasislav Kourtsenovsky the highly successful businessman from Russia who comes back into the sport after taking time off focusing on family business since after the 2003 season. “Stas” has 17 career starts and 4 top-10 finishes since entering F1 back in 2000.
The boat testing will continue this month and the engine management program will get into a higher gear in the month of April making this the most diligent process of pre-season testing in the history of the team.
The racing effort will once again be partners with Red Devil energy drink while also seeing a bigger presence with Mad Croc for 2007 for their sponsorship package.
Will all this preparation pay off? For Sami Selio this is a first and it should make a difference as he battles for his first victory and title to go along with his 10 podiums and 21 top-5 efforts in his 9 seasons of U.I.M. F1 world Championship racing.