Ferrari Problem Quick Lane: Yahn Bernier
Yahn Bernier is making his aggressive debut within the Ferrari Problem after spending the 2019 season within the Membership Problem program and joins us for one more installment in our “Quick Lane” sequence. We joined Bernier for a fast dialog originally of the COTA weekend having simply come off of his first ever podium end within the Coppa Shell AM class on the earlier spherical at Indianapolis.
Why did you resolve to compete in Ferrari Problem?
I purchased the Ferrari Problem automotive in 2018 after one too many monitor days in a road automotive, saying perhaps this isn’t one of the best ways to do that. My first step was to do the Membership Problem final 12 months in Homestead and I had a extremely enjoyable time doing it. I’m not tremendous aggressive that approach, however I obtained the bug a bit so I used to be trying to do extra. And I do know that the sequence has sufficient ranges the place I could possibly be within the combine sufficient to make it satisfying for me, so I made a decision to leap on this 12 months and put aside the time and make the preparations each to run the sequence but additionally to prepare. I’ve labored with actually nice coaches to assist me rise up to hurry. This 12 months, I’m simply attempting to enhance my racecraft and consistency and issues like that, nevertheless it’s been enjoyable up to now. The rationale I obtained in was simply it was the subsequent logical step. While you personal the Problem automotive, you need to most likely go racing in some unspecified time in the future.
Bernier says going Ferrari Problem racing moderately than simply monitor day driving was “the subsequent logical step. While you personal the Problem automotive, you need to most likely go racing in some unspecified time in the future.”
What’s your favourite circuit and one which is tougher for you?
My favourite one which I’ve raced on is Highway Atlanta, a traditional monitor with a extremely attention-grabbing circulate that actually suited my driving fashion. My different one which I actually love is Laguna Seca. I don’t know the way good the passing alternatives will likely be there nevertheless it’s a extremely enjoyable monitor to drive. I haven’t actually been to a monitor I don’t take pleasure in but. This was the primary time I’ve pushed at COTA and this monitor may be very technical and tremendous enjoyable when you get the rhythm of it. I can see that there’s extra alternative for enchancment and that makes it thrilling. Hopefully by the weekend we’ll get even quicker.
And your favourite characteristic of the 488 Problem Evo?
Clearly the steering wheel from a visibility standpoint clears some area on the sprint so you’ll be able to discover sector occasions or rev limiter, that sort of factor, much more simply. It makes the atmosphere within the automotive a bit extra snug and simple. In any other case, it feels just like the aero on the automotive is working higher for controllable driving for folks like myself within the Coppa Shell Am class. The earlier automotive was completely tremendous, nevertheless it does really feel like this can be a good evolution on that baseline.
Any rituals or superstitions that you just observe?
I wouldn’t have that sensibility in any way. I’ve labored with coaches who’ve tried to get me into having a routine earlier than I get into the automotive. Issues like response workout routines and leaping jacks or stretching, which most likely assist, however I really feel like I’m lucky the place I can get into the automotive and swap it on. It’s one thing that I’m attempting to get higher at, nonetheless, because the psychological part is so essential on this sport. There’s not likely a superstition that I observe although per se.
What was your favourite race?
This 12 months’s race at Indianapolis on Saturday for certain, as a result of I ended up on the rostrum. Race 2 on Sunday was near a repeat, nevertheless it didn’t work out. This 12 months wasn’t about outcomes, it was for expertise, so I’ve already exceeded my expectations for the 12 months. To be on the rostrum there and do the laps with Roger Penske driving us round was fairly darn particular in the event you’re an fanatic and a fan of motorsports. I assumed that weekend was actually particular, however hey, perhaps we’ll get a number of extra podiums. I don’t know what the aim will likely be for subsequent 12 months as we already obtained on the rostrum this 12 months, however we’ll see!
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