Some drivers want to design a brand-new track but for Kaylen Frederick, there’s a glaring omission in the racing calendar in the United States.
As well as a race weekend at Laguna Seca, the ART Grand Prix driver puts together an impromptu dream festival line-up, that is if teammate Nikola Tsolov isn’t in charge of music.
WHERE WOULD THE RACE BE HELD?
“If I could choose, I’d put it somewhere in America, obviously. But maybe somewhere that Formula 1 doesn’t already go. Maybe like Laguna Seca or something? It’s a good track.”
WHEN WOULD YOU HOLD THE RACE?
“Probably spring or fall so it’s a nice temperature. Not too cold or too hot.”
DAY OR NIGHT RACE?
“Day race. I don’t think you could do a night race there. They do endurance races there don’t they, but if you’re doing a formula car race without headlights, I don’t think you could.”
WET OR DRY RACE?
“Both. Dry to wet. I think it would be interesting.”
HOW WOULD THE WEEKEND BE LAID OUT?
“We’ll give ourselves a bit more practice than just one 45-minute Practice session. We’ll do two one-hour Practice sessions. Get nice and set up with a lot of track time. Qualifying will be half an hour on Saturday morning, that's enough. Then do one late evening race on Saturday and one morning race on the Sunday, 10AM start. That would be how I’d do it.”
WHAT TYRE COMPOUNDS WOULD YOU USE?
“For Laguna, I’d go for the medium tyres. I think that’s a good shout. I wouldn’t want to go softs, if that doesn’t work out, it’ll be a painful race.”
WHICH CELEBRITIES WOULD YOU INVITE AS YOUR GUESTS?
“I don’t think I have any favourite celebrities. Maybe I’d put a pool out the back of the garage instead, have a little pool party. That’d be cool.”
WHO WOULD PLAY ACROSS THE WEEKEND?
“Nikola. Stick him on the aux! Nah what line-up do we really want? Bit of Drake, Jack Harlow probably. Got to appeal to some other people so maybe like Marshmello. Headliner has to be Drake, but I’d want Jack Harlow to be. Maybe a few UK Grime artists like Stormzy. Could have Post Malone in there too. It’s hard putting a festival together, it’s not really about the race anymore. We can fill in the gaps, Lil Uzi Vert maybe? I think we’ll stop there. The track can sort the rest.”
WHAT WOULD THE TROPHY LOOK LIKE?
“I like the ones that are the shape of the track. Those ones are quite cool. Maybe one of those in a nice stainless steel or gold design. Maybe some carbon fibre on there somewhere.”
ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO ADD?
“It’s in America so there has to be a jet fly by, down the main straight. Some other cool planes as well that I don’t know the names of.”