Norman Nato gives us this introspective interview as BADTORO of the month. He is a professional racing driver from France. He is known for finishing as the runner-up in the 2010 F4 Eurocup 1.6 season and the 2012 Formula Renault 2.0 Alps season, and for winning both in Monaco and Hungary in the 2014 Formula Renault 3.5 Series season. Nato is racing for Racing Engineering in the 2018 European Le Mans Series.
Interviewing Norman Nato, BADTORO of the month
At what age did you drive your first car? Do you remember what car was the lucky one?
The first car I drove was a Subaru rally car when I was 14. I don’t have a lucky car
How long have you been racing?
I started when I was 9 years old in Karting. I’m now 26.
If you had to change profession: Which do you think it would be your profession?
A tennis player or basketball player.
Tell us a place, first one to come in mind.
South of France
Do you exercise or practice another sport?
Of course, a driver has to be fit and train a lot to perform well. I like sports in general, I like to play tennis or basketball.
Do you feel inspired by or follow any athlete?
Yes, I like to watch a report about the champion, it gives you ideas and motivation.
What is your favourite sport?
No doubt Motorsport.
Tell me about yourself on a professional level.
Myself at work or in life I’m the same. I’m straight and honest.
How was the beginning of your career?
My father was racing in Rally. He put me in a Karting and since this time I never stopped.
How old were you on your first race?
I was 9 years old.
How did you start to race? (How has it occurred to you that it could be your passion?)
As I said my father was in motorsport so for me was normal to flow, my father, as I followed him when I was 3 years old on the races.
How do you exercise your mind to achieve your goals?
Physical training is a good way to get your mind ready for what you will have to do in the car.
Do you have some kind of ritual before every race?
My warm-up routine every time before to jump in the car.
Do you any kind of special diet? What do you eat the day before a race?
No, I don’t do, I just try to train a lot and be sensible about what I eat and drink.
Could you tell us a funny anecdote during the race? One of those that make you laugh a lot when you think about them.
Once my physio gave me a massage before the race with a new cream. With the heat in the car, I started to feel my back burning and I thought that something was burning in the car. I managed to finish the race, mechanics didn’t see any problems. In fact, My skin just had a bad reaction at the cream. Wasn’t fun in the car but it was afterward.
Have you had a bad experience during your years as a driver? If yes: Has it helped you for other situations?
Yes, I had difficult times. For sure you have to use it to be stronger and he helped me to be a better driver today.
How do you manage nerves before an important event? Do you believe in the importance of mind-fullness or meditation?
I just do the normal preparation that I’m used to doing. I don’t stress many days before a race.
Among all your triumphs, which one do you think is the most important and why?
Everything I won was important since Karting as it’s not my family supporting me to be able to drive. I need results and hard work to achieve my goals.
“Describe the moment you looked up at the scoreboard and saw that you had won.”
You don’t look too often at the board. When you don’t see anyone else in front of you and your engineer screaming in the radio it’s normally a good sign.
Tell us a little bit more about other teams. Is there a bond of friendship or do you face a more competitive environment that?
Endurance is important to have a good relationship with your teammates as you share the car with them and need them to win. Not much friendship in my case with others drivers I’m fighting
Why have you chosen BADTORO as a partner in your competitions?
Because the Logo is nice, Toro is strong and we need to be strong to win.
If you had to choose between BADTORO or BADELK, which one would be your choice?
For sure Badtoro.
Could you tell us a phrase that identifies you?
Never give up.
If you had to give advice to an athlete or people who struggle to achieve a goal: What would you say?
Work, trust in your dream.
Tell us a positive word with the first letter of your name
If you were a bad friend, what advice would you give?
Just be flat all the time.
What are your projects for next year?
I’m not thinking about next year yet. First we need to fight until the end to win the championship and then we will see the opportunities I will get for next year.
Could you tell us a dream you have
To enjoy as long as possible what I’m doing and to be a pro driver for many years.
Full-speed closing by Norman
When you are driving you already know the track by heart. So it’s really important to adapt your driving according to your car set up and conditions. You have to play with some buttons on your steering wheel, speak with your engineer if needed, check your mirrors and overtake cars and try to push the limit of the car and be the fastest man on track
BADTORO of the month