Goethe reflects on the first half of the season

28.06.2022

Oliver Goethe has been dominating the first half of the 2022 Euroformula season. The young (17) German-Danish driver, born in a family of racers which includes father Roald and elder brother Benji, has been coached by Stuart Hall, a former FIA WEC GTE-Am champion, since he was …5 and started karting. The Motopark driver has recently been extensively interviewed by the Formula Scout website.

In the interview, he explained his current success, which comes after campaigns in Spanish F.4 and F.Regional ended with less brilliance: “There’s not really any secret behind it, just working hard on and off track, training, looking at data, trying not to do mistakes and – no matter what the gap is – to improve as much as I can, because obviously the others will be closing in. The race pace has been really good, qualifying still needs a bit of work, I think it’s a bit closer in quali. But the race pace is really good and I’m really happy with that.”

He reckons starts have been his weak point (“It has been inconsistent, but it’s definitely improving to say the least”) but he is happy of his performance in direct battles: “You go through as many scenarios as you can with your engineer, with your driver coach, but anything can happen on track so you have to adapt to that.”

The results can only give him reason: of the 11 races held so far, Goethe has won 7 and been on the podium ten times, on top of taking 4 of the 5 pole positions.

About the Dallara 320, he comments: “The first time hopping into the Euroformula car was just a crazy sensation. It’s such a quick car, especially coming from the F.Regional, the driving style is very different and there’s a lot more downforce on the car, that suits me a lot better and I love it. I feel like I’ve improved and matured a lot as a driver.”

Goethe reckons the title is still far from won and will take next rounds one by one: “Hungaroring, I’ve never been to, but it will be a lot down to quali and race starts there as it’s a lot more difficult to overtake. Imola, I don’t really know, whereas Monza will be a bit more like Spa, no matter the quali result. “It’s a good track for overtaking. Barcelona, with the tyre wear, will definitely be a struggle, but we’ll do the best we can on each race weekend.”

The full interview by Formula Scout can be found here:
https://formulascout.com/how-euroformula-put-the-go-in-goethe/95273