Caffi not scared by IRC debut
Former Formula One driver Alex Caffi is not afraid ahead of his Intercontinental Rally Challenge debut on Rallye Monte-Carlo next month.
Caffi, 46, will drive a Skoda Fabia Super 2000 on the centenary edition of the asphalt event, which is regarded as one of the toughest rallies in the world due to the constant threat of ice and snow.
"I have done some rallies before but they were small rallies and never in snow and ice," said Caffi, who took part in 56 F1 grands prix.
"I understand it will be very difficult; but for my first grand prix (at Monza in 1986) I was in a turbo car with 1500bhp, 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."
Caffi, who also has extensive experience of racing sportscars, said he was keeping his expectations of a strong result firmly in check.
"I just want to get some experience and make the finish," he added. "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."
Italian team DP Autosport will oversee Caffi's debut on Rallye Monte-Carlo, which will once again enjoy extensive live television coverage on Eurosport.