eSports WTCC title contender Q&A: Gergo Baldi

eSports WTCC title contender Q&A: Gergo Baldi

12/11/2017 18:00

He might only have an outside shot at eSports WTCC glory at a virtual Macau later today but Gergo Baldi’s real life racing experience might just give the Wauters Automotive Volvo driver the edge he needs in his bid to cancel out a 28-point deficit to Alexander Dornieden.

He spoke to eSports WTCC partner RaceRoom’s Robert Wiesenmüller ahead of the big street-track showdown.

Q: You go into the championship finale as the dark horse but can you still win the title?
“Definitely. I don’t think that’d be the right attitude to go there without the belief of winning. I still have the mathematical chance, so the best thing I can do is flat out, and we’ll see what happens. Macau is the track that always brings something unexpected, there’s no reason for giving up before the chequered flag of the very last race.”

Q: When we watch some of the drivers, we can see that they are pushing extremely hard, sliding through the corners, but when we see your car, it seems extremely settled. Can you explain your strategy when it comes to setting up these cars?
“I think that’s related to my driving style. I follow the philosophy ‘smooth is fast’, I spent much time throughout my real racing years to improve my driving, to be as smooth as possible, and now it became natural. With the set-up knowledge that I’ve learned from my friend Daniel Cziranku, I can make a set-up that suits me really well, and the combination of these is what you can see on the track.”

Q: Unlike your rivals, you have been on a real race track in a touring car. Could this give you the edge in a high-pressure situation like the final race in Macau?
“To be honest, I’m even more excited and nervous about the last race now, than I was in 2016 when I was fighting for the title with the Suzukis. Still I believe this can give me some minor advantage here, that can make the difference. The more information that I had to process during real racing could prepare my brain to be able to focus on more major things at the same time, and that can be really crucial on a tough street track like Macau.”

Q: Will we see you on the real race tracks again next year?
“For sure”

The Macau eSports WTCC finale will be streamed live on the FIA World Touring Car Championship’s official Facebook and YouTube channels from 18h00 CET when James Kirk and Robert Wiesenmüller will provide their usual expert commentary.

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