Former grand prix driver Alex Caffi says he is relaxed about making his prorallying debut in the 2011 Monte Carlo Rally.
The sometime Osella, Scuderia Italia and Footwork Formula 1 racer is driving a DP Autosport-run Skoda Fabia on the Intercontinental Rally Challenge's famous season-opener next month. The 46-year-old, who still races in GT series, said that although his rallying experience was minimal, he had coped with being thrown in at the deep end during his F1 career, so was not concerned about tackling the Monte for the first time.
"I have done some rallies before but they were small rallies and never in snow and ice," said Caffi. "I understand it will be very difficult but for my first grand prix [at Monza in 1986] I went in a turbo car with 1,500hp with no testing and finished the race. If I did something like that then I know I can do this. I don't fear anything.
"I just want to get some experience and make the finish. If I can pass the Col de Turini two times in the night then I will be very happy. It will be a big sensation."
Caffi will be one of two F1-related entries in the Monte Carlo field, along with current Renault F1 man Robert Kubica. The rally takes place from Jan. 19-23.