Monaco resident, Cedric Sbirrazzuoli, is passionate about cars. Despite Monaco being one of the smallest independent states in the world, his birthplace is a huge career advantage. “Monaco is a big racing place with the Formula One Grand Prix.” Since his first Formula Azzurra win in Italy over a decade ago, the 32-year old’s motorsport track record continues with fast cars and furious wins. Winning seems to be a family trait for the Lamborghini driver. Cedric’s stepdad, a motorboat world champion, helped him get started in the sport; a decision that continues to propel him into new competitive heights.
Like with any sport and career, crashes and collisions are part of the journey. That is why precision engineering behind the scenes is so important. “There is a lot of engineering and strategy, especially for long races. The engineer has to define the best time to do a pit stop or have a driver change.” In a sport where endurance is non-negotiable, drivers are always under physical pressure.
“We can lose up to 4 kilos. The heat is also really high in the car, sometimes up to 60 degrees in summer races.” A driver needs to be aware of his proximity between cars and co-drivers are an essential element to the race. “Usually your co-driver is very important as your result also depends on him.” Despite the challenges of the sport, Cedric has no intention of doing anything else. His job is his passion.
On the subject of women in motorsport, we see a celebrated rise in the numbers of women taking an interest in competitive racing. As we keep celebrating the growth of women in the sport, we will continue to hear about Cedric Sbirrazzuoli. “I guess results the best way not to be forgotten; if you keep having good results, there is a better chance people won’t forget you.”
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