The latest driver to feature in the Racers at Home series is Frenchman Tristan Vautier. He made his name in America, with a 2011 Star Mazda and 2012 Indy Lights title leading to an Indycar berth in 2013. Since then he has diversified into sportscars, both in America and Europe.
He has parallel programs with Mercedes-Benz as a GT driver and with JDC-Miller in the IMSA WeatherTech series. For drivers like Vautier will multiple drives in a season, Covid-19 and the rescheduling of the season could really affect him.
Q1) First of all, where have you been spending the lockdown?
I’ve been in my US hometown in St Petersburg, FL, since the start of the confinement. Not the worst of places to be in these tough times!
Q2) How have you been filling your time?
I’ve been training a lot outdoors, practicing on the sim, and doing some reading and some other non-racing related stuff!
Q3) How did you assess the Rolex 24 for your JDC-Miller team?
The team made a huge leap forward in this year’s Rolex 24, One car on the podium, two in the top five. Last year we qualified a second off the best Cadillac, this year, we were less than two tenths away. We still have some work ahead but everyone can be proud of the progress made after only one race with the Cadillac Dpi.
Q4) How has the Covid-19 rescheduling affected your racing plans for 2020?
It’s tough to know for now as we are not sure of the new schedules, conflicts, etc.! I should have a much clearer idea in a month or so.
Q5) Have you been joining the online sim racing trend recently?
I have! I have been trying to not get too addicted and to make sure I use it in the best way possible to be a better driver when we go back racing!
Q6) What has been your career highlight to date in your career?
My Star Mazda Championship title in 2011 because that’s what put me on the path to IndyCar, and to where I am now, at a time when it was make or break.
Q7) What is your favourite race track and why?
It was the Baltimore Street course but IndyCar doesn’t go there anymore. I’d say Watkins Glen, just because of the flow, the rhythm and the high speeds.
Q8) What is the biggest thing you miss about racing?
That moment when you are about to get going and things get quiet, and you can feel your heart beat rise.
That wraps up this latest installment of this series, my sincerest thanks go to Tristan for taking the time to answer these questions. Be sure to follow Tristan on Twitter here. When racing resumes later this year be sure to watch out for him both in the IMSA WeatherTech series and the Intercontinental GT Challenge.