Caio begins a second season with the Renault Sport Academy aiming to build on a strong debut season racing in the Formula Renault Eurocup where he finished fifth in the overall standings and best rookie. This year, Caio aims to win the title as he remains with R-ace GP.
How pleased are you to remain on the Renault Sport Academy in 2020?
I’m very pleased to be with the Renault Sport Academy for a second season. Last year was good for learning and I developed a lot as a driver. I’m looking forward to staying on with them and this year’s goal is quite clear: to win the Formula Renault Eurocup title. All of Renault’s support is quite important for me and it means a lot. I will do everything I can to deliver the results they want.
What are your thoughts on remaining in the Eurocup?
Last year, it was a very good and competitive championship to race in. I think this season will be the same. I have a different goal, it’s my second year, and I want to fight for the championship. I’m confident we can do it. It’s also great to remain with R-ace GP for a second season. I created a nice relationship with them, and I want to develop that to ensure we achieve our goals.
What are the benefits of being an Academy member?
There are many good things about being an Academy member. Not only does it help you develop as a driver, I think it also improves you as a person. I grew up a lot last year, especially with the training camps and all the assessments we did. For example, the Pyrenees trip was a huge mental challenge. It’s something I will remember for the rest of my life, not just as a racing driver for my career but just something in life in general. Things like that are really important and makes the difference.
What’s it like being close to a Formula 1 team?
It’s really important to be associated with a Formula 1 team because the Formula 1 world is so different to everything. It’s great for us to learn from the team and see the way they talk with each other, what happens at a race weekend, things like that. I can already start to think about that aspect of Formula 1 and understand just how difficult it is to get there. It really gives you a heads up, so having that link to the F1 team really helps my career.
How is the winter training going?
I spent New Year in Brazil keeping up with my physical assessments as well as some time with my family relaxing. Now I’ve been in New Zealand for five weeks of racing in order to prepare for the Eurocup. The series is the same chassis and tyres as the Eurocup, so that will be beneficial. I also did the 500-mile kart race in São Paulo, which is a big race in Brazil. It was a really nice experience with Felipe Massa and Lucas di Grassi in my team!