W Series Interview - Vicky Piria
I caught up with the Italian W Series driver recently to chat about racing and much more.
Born on the 11th November 1993 in Milan, Italy, Vicky Piria has become a household name in motorsport in recent years. She began racing in karts back in 2003, competing mainly in Italy and working her way up through the junior ranks before graduating to single seat racing in 2009. She raced in Italian Formula 2000 Light and Formula Renault 2.0 for a number of races, gaining valuable experience. Since then, Vicky has also raced in Formula Abarth and GP3 – now known as Formula 3 – in 2012 where she raced for Trident Racing and got a best finish of 12th place before moving on to European Formula 3 where she finished in 10th place overall. A couple of years later, she joined W Series for its inaugural year with a best finish of fifth place at the third round in Misano. By the end of the Championship, she’d racked up twenty-four Championship points which put her in ninth place overall.
Away from the racetrack, you may have seen her join Tiff Needell on his ITV4 car show “Lovecars: On the Road” where the pair tested out supercars in the Italian countryside. Not bad work if you can get it.
I caught up with Vicky for a quick chat recently to talk about how and why she got into racing, her goals for W Series this year and more. I hope you enjoy our conversation.
I chatted with the 2021 W-Series and SMP Racing Junior driver recently about her busy year ahead, F3 Asia, how she got into racing and much more.
What made you want to get into racing in the first place?
The competition. The first time I tried the go-kart was purely for a (positive) competition I had with my brother. Being competitive, wanting to improve myself always step by step gave me the drive and to discover motorsport and get passionate about it.
You’ve raced in many different categories, which has been your favourite?
The category I mostly loved to drive was Euro Open F3. The tracks are mega but the car (Dallara 312) had so much downforce and was very light. You could carry so much speed in the corners and I loved it. I am very much looking forward to this year in W Series, as we are racing with F1.
Which racetrack has been your favourite to race on?
Spa-Francorchamps and Mugello.
What’s your goal for W Series this year?
Improve 2019 performance (9th place) and aim for a step higher, maybe a podium too...
Do you think that any of the drivers on the W-Series grid this year will get the chance to make it into Formula 1?
I don’t know if any of us at the moment will make it but certainly what we are doing with W Series will be a crucial factor to make it happen.
Would you be interested in racing in something like the Baja 1000 or Extreme E?
Absolutely yes. I love Extreme E and it’s concept for the environment. I followed the Dakar very closely this year and definitely Raids or terrain in general is something on my radar. As a matter of fact I am going to test a Polaris RZR very soon in the south of France.
I chatted with him about F2, his time with Williams so far and what music he sings to in the shower.
What’s your favourite film?
I am more a TV Series girl, Lost and Suits are my favs.
What’s the best road car you’ve ever driven and why?
Ferrari SF90 was purely science fiction when I drove it. Incredible.
Pizza or Pasta?
What do you do to relax?
I like doing outdoor sports, especially horse riding.
Finally, do you see yourself as a role model for other young women looking to get into motorsport?
Absolutely yes. I think it is very important to have role models and positive examples to follow, then your mind can say: “If she did it I can too!” I also like to share my passion with people that love motorsport just like me.
Already an established contender and Champion, she's only just getting started.
There is no doubt that Vicky is going to be one of the most experienced drivers on the W-Series grid this year and for that reason, she might be a dark horse when it comes to the fight for the Championship. She's a no nonsense driver who's there to get the job done and improve on her past performances and with Spa being on the W Series 2021 calendar this year, you can be sure that Vicky's going to be extra determined to get a good result there.
Thank you to Vicky for chatting with me and I wish her the best of luck for the upcoming season!
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