The F1 season has just drawn to a close and now it is time for all the other forms of racing to do likewise for the year. After a grueling year, Nicolas Prost has come on out top, becoming the 2009 F3000 Champion.
Since it was introduced to take over from F2 racing in 1985, F3000 racing has been an exciting and difficult avenue of racing that only the best of the best can hope to participate in as they work their way towards fulfilling dreams of racing in Formula One. F3000 racing is very similar to what one would encounter in F1 racing and it is a stepping stone for drivers heading to that aspect of auto racing. It is grueling, exacting and physically and mentally demanding. Crowds can enjoy all the thrills and spills of top-speed auto racing and drivers quickly gain a reputation for being really good or reliably reckless. Hence it is completely understandable that Nicolas Prost is ecstatic about being crowned the 2009 F3000 Champion.
It seems that the winner of the 2009 F3000 European Championship was decided on the tenth lap of the final race held at the Magione track. Nicolas Prost won the championship through points and through a lucky turn of events that saw his close rival, Adam Khan (TP Formula) being forced to leave the track and fall far behind in points. Though Adam Khan did try to recover his position when he later returned to the race, he never quite got it right. Prost was fortunate enough to have collected enough points during the course of the season to win the Championship season, despite only finishing seventh in the final race. The actual race was won by Fabrizio Crestani (GP Racing), who took the lead in the first few laps of the race and managed to hold his position for the majority of the race. He was followed by Romanini, Gonzales, Onidi, Gianmaria, Razia and Zapata e Khan in that order.
Commenting on his victory, Prost said: “I’m so happy for this title because I was very keen on winning it, not because I’m Nicolas Prost but because I like doing things at 100%.” Talking about his difficulty at keeping himself in the top seven, Prost remarked: “After the accident in Race 1, the car wasn’t completely ok even if the guys were great to repair it thus letting me start again. Unfortunately I had some vibrations. On this track it’s very difficult to overtake and so starting tenth it was impossible to win the race. I would have liked to win the title with a podium, but it’s fine anyway. I hope this title can help me in the future as I would like to do a test with a Ferrari F1.” Only time will tell if Prost will see his dream through, but for the meantime he can feel very proud of his new championship title.