Schmidt Peterson Motorsport driver Tristan Vautier says he is not putting himself under any pressure for his first IndyCar season.
The Frenchman will drive Schmidt Peterson Motorsport’s second car after winning the Indy Lights title last year, with the first car to be driven by Simon Pagenaud. Vautier set the second-fastest time in Sebring testing in December, but despite his potential, he claims he is not thinking about results yet.
“I don’t usually put myself any kind of pressure with results. In Sebring, I knew from the past season and Simon’s performance that I was in a car that was going to allow me to do the job of being up front. I always try to get that out of my head and focus on the process; what I have to do to make that happen,” Vautier was quoted as saying by Autosport.
“I really don’t put any pressure on myself. I’m a rookie. I don’t set any special goals to myself because I think it’s the best way to create useless pressure. So I just try to get that out of my head, and focus on my job,” Vautier added.
Pagenaud, who won the Rookie of the Year honours last season, said he’s forward to having a team-mate to work with after 2012’s single Schmidt entry.