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Sette Camara 'couldn't be happier' to secure F1 super licence

  • Published on 01 Dec 2019 09:33
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Sergio Sette Camara states he "couldn't be happier" after he secured a Formula 1 super licence following his race win on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.

The victory meant that the Brazilian will not finish lower than fourth place in the drivers' championship this season, which was what he needed to do in order to secure the super licence.

Sette Camara says that people were telling him that he "needed" to obtain the licence this year, admitting that he felt big pressure heading into the weekend.

"This is the race of the season that I've carried the most pressure going into," Sette Camara said. "I've been told by many different people 'You have to have the super licence. Even if you're not going to F1 you need to have it'.

"It's always good and at some point, you have to reach targets that people set for you. It's expectations.

"It's like that for everything in life but it reached that point and it means that Abu Dhabi was a race where I had a bit more stress than an average F2 race. It's just nice that everything finally fit together. I couldn't be happier.

"It was a race where you had to recover your tyres and it was difficult to know exactly where the pace was at, but in the end we worked well as a team.

"DAMS and my engineer were letting me know the pace, I was taking clever decisions, it was a good pit stop and apparently a good car as well. In the end it worked"

Sette Camara is working with McLaren this year as a test and development driver, but does not have plans in place yet for the 2020 season.

The 21-year-old told RACER recently that he explored the possibility of an IndyCar drive for next year, which remains a possibility for him.

“I’m getting close to it, yeah,” Camara confirmed when asked about the North American series. “I don’t want to spoil things. But we are moving in one direction in a positive way, so I hope that ends up happening."

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