Q and A with Yves Lambert

24.07.2007: Q and A with Yves Lambert

Q How did you start your career?

As a good number of professional drivers I started with karting. Then I switched to enduro motorcycle races. I was the official driver for SWM and Vice Champion Belgium (category inter 125).

Racing was not all my life and I graduated as an engineer (mecanics and chemicals). Then I spent five years in the States but I could not get over my passion and continued to race.

I became Belgian Champion of GT2 in 2001 with seven wins out of nine races.


Q How well do you know the SPA endurance 24 hours race?

I have of course already a lot of experience in competing Le Mans and Spa races.


Q What advice would you give to a rookie driver for Spa 2007?

Well as they say in Italian ?qui va piano, va sano? that it speed is one thing but strategy is another game for this race. You need to think about the race as a whole.

It is not necessary to go completely flat out all the time. Nothing is ever done until the chequered flag. Good preparation is key. A well prepared car counts as much as a good team and a strong driver.


Q What counts more?

Hard to say: The strategy, the preparation, the team, the driver, the car. It is all one game. Nothing can be isolated.


Q What experience do you have with Maserati?

Not a lot because my career was mainly competing in different teams. But I visited the Maserati Corse factory and realized that nothing is left to chance. Every detail has been carefully thought of.

Maserati has not only experience but once more all the cards in their hand for a good result. Experienced drivers know that an endurance race is not only a fast and quick sprint race.


Q How did you meet Scuderia Playteam Sarafree?

Well I drive with Fabrizio de Simone in the Mosler in the Belgian GT Championship and he introduced me to the team.


- Agnes Carlier -

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24.07.2007 / MaP

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