Heinz-Harald Frentzen talks to RichardsF1.com

Former Grand Prix driver Heinz-Harald Frentzen was a surprise guest on the Red Carpet at tonight’s GP@23 Australian Grand Prix party at Crown Casino, with the German making a one-off appearance in the Porsche Carrera Cup support races this weekend.

The German won three Grands Prix (one with Williams, two with Jordan) in an F1 career spanning 1994-2001, before he embarked on a stint in the DTM championship and the occasional endurance race. More recently, Heinz-Harald has served as an advising member on the FIA Stewards’ panel at selected races over the last two years.

“It’s great to be back in Melbourne after so many years,” he told us.

Heinz-Harald Frentzen poses with RichardsF1.com“I couldn’t turn down the offer to come down here and see some old friends, and also have a good run here with some racing drivers from Australia and New Zealand.”

Frentzen believes that predicting a champion ahead of the first race will be tough.

“Nobody knows exactly where they’re standing, and how competitive the teams are, with their drivers and their cars,” he added.

“It’s always exciting to start in Melbourne with it being the first race of the season. Everybody will be very curious to see what happens.”

He also confirmed he didn’t have any plans to return to the Stewards Panel this season, but that he would consider any future invitations to do so.

“I’ve stepped in sometimes when there haven’t been other former drivers available,” he said. “I’m not sure if I’ll be needed to help out again.”

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.