WEC / WRC A FULL 2017 / 2018
DARIA MARINA, FROM MOSCOW TO MOTORSPORT’S WORLD WITH KASPERSKY.
From Moscow to motorsport’s World with Kaspersky.
From her Moscow office at Kaspersky Motorsport, Press Officer, Daria, gave us this interesting talk about the Russian team track racing and her passion for the international rally championship.
6 Oct 2017
What does it mean for you to be working for the Kaspersky Motorsport team?
For me it’s a great experience! It’s a powerful research project and the name Kaspersky may well be familiar to Ferrari F1 fans as one of the team’s sponsors, developing from a relationship that started in 2010.
The company are specialists in cyber security and with the constantly increasing global threat of malware and targeted attacks, Kaspersky and Ferrari came together to protect the latter’s IT security.
Further than being a sponsor and an active part of the F1 team, we also support young talent Antonio Fuoco from the Ferrari Driver Academy program and junior driver Amna Al Qubaisi who has taken a huge leap in her Motorsport career with a move to Formula 4 with the Prema team.
A new partnership between Kaspersky Lab and DS Virgin Racing will focus on designing and implementing world-class cyber security solutions to protect against any unknown cyber threats in the world of Formula E.
And finally, after a successful two years in the Amateur category, we have committed to a full season of Blancpain Endurance Cup races with a stellar driver line-up of Giancarlo Fisichella, James Calado and Marco Cioci with a Ferrari 488 GT3. All three drivers have a wealth of experience in various fields of motor sport between them.
How long have you been with the Kaspersky Motorsport team?
I have been working for Kaspersky Lab for two years, when the team Kaspersky Motorsport was established in 2015.
In what championship does the squad participate in with support from Ferrari and from Italy?
As I mentioned before, in GT racing Kaspersky Motorsport launched in 2015 under the licence of AF Corse. Last year was about learning and this year, Kaspersky Motorsport has made the move up to the Pro category in the Blancpain Endurance Series running a Ferrari 488 GT3. However, Kaspersky Lab has not abandoned its grassroots racing programme and we are also running a Ferrari in the Amateur category of the GT Open Series with Alex Moiseev (Kaspersky Lab’s Chief Sales Officer) and Davide Rizzo behind the wheel.
What is your specific role in the team at each race that you dispute in Europe or other continents?
I’m in charge of all PR and communications in the Kaspersky Motorsport team. During the season, I have a lot of responsibilities and part of what made the job interesting is that I could look forward to something different almost every day. Throughout the season, we would try to think of different angles and stories and would pitch them to the media in order to keep us fresh and in the news. When the team is losing and attendance starts to dip, that’s when things really get tough!
Sometimes you need to work long, irregular hours during the season. Road trips, while fun to visit cities, crunch your work week and drain your energy because you fly a couple of days before the race and come home a day after. Some trips, I would get back Sunday afternoon, and I had to be back at work at 9 am on Monday to start again.
But the best parts of the job are working in an industry that everyone knows and loves. When your team wins, it gets to you. For PR personnel, you can feel the emotion first hand after the race. Win or lose, it is exciting to be a part of something that you cannot control in the end.
What is your observation of the great moment of Ferrari in Formula 1 with Vettel and Räikkonen?
Ferrari was always the team I wanted to work with. When you see team XY won the race, then great for them, they get media coverage, but at the same time Ferrari will get media coverage for not winning. So there is no doubt that I wish good luck to them both, Sebastian and Kimi to win the championship.
What memories do you have of the Rally Championship in general?
I have good memories and I have enjoyed the races. My greatest memory was maybe the first race in Karelia republic (Russian Rally Championship) and of course my first WRC race in Sweden. I still remember the size of the crowd on the stages for the first race there. People everywhere! And the last WRC race was also special, because when I was in Finland, I told myself ‘OK, I think it’s the last Rally now, I will stop after this year’. It was emotional, but at the same time it was a good feeling and a good time to do it. Then I switched to circuit.
Would you like to see the Russian driver Evgeny Novikov in a rally car again?
Sure, why not! He did a great job as a driver and it’s always great to see russian drivers in the different championships.
What memories do you have of the ALM Rally team in the WRC?
Obviously, Evgeny was the first Russian who took a WRC stage win and who finished on the podium in Portugal and Italy in 2012. He also became the youngest driver in the history of WRC, inherited the podium. It’s the reason to be proud. I remember how he joined M-Sport team. Life is an interesting journey – now I see Malcolm and Matthew Wilson in the Blancpain paddock and on the previous race in Spa, Kaspersky Motorsport was fighting for the podium with their Bentley Boys.
Would you like to cover or travel to the Rally Argentina for WRC 2018?
It’s great that WRC is racing in Argentina. I have never been there and I would love to come for one WRC round, especially to Argentina.
Pablo MACHI by RRM WRC ARGENTINA MAGAZINE
ESTA ES MI VIDA: THIS IS MY LIFE: LA PASIÓN POR EL WRC, EL RALLY, EL MILLO & LA VIDA MÁS INTACTA QUE NUNCA. SIN LÍMITES.
BUEN JUEVES PARA TODOS…….
All The Best, Pablito, Pablo MACHI WRC
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