Team name: Tramontane Grand Prix. The name is taken from the tramontana a northerly wind that blows through Spain, France and Italy. I feel that the name speaks of speed and a certain fluidity, embodying the traits that I would want my team to have.
Engine: Renault. Renault have shown a willingness to back more teams than any other, and while the engine is down on power compared to, say, the Mercedes, it does have its own strengths. And a deal with Renault would not leave my team at the mercy of the will of Mercedes or Ferrari.
Drivers: Rio Haryanto. Starting a team is going to be very expensive, and haryanto comes with plenty of funds and no strings attached to other teams. Based on his GP2 results, he’s a solid – if unspectacular – driver who would be well-suited to a start-up operation.
Daniel Abt. I was tempted to take an older, more expeirenced driver here to develop the car, but the impact that Heikki Kovalainen and Pedro de la Rosa have had on Caterham and HRT has been disappointing. The best way forward is to take a promising driver, and rely on attracting engineering talent to improve the car. With that in mind, I will take Daniel Abt, who might not have blown the field away in GP3 this year, but he was the last man standing going into the final race, and came very close to winning the title.
Tio Ellinas. I felt Ellinas did very well in GP3 this season, which was no small feat given taht he was not racing for Lotus or Arden. He would be the team’s third driver, combining his duties with a season in Formula Renault 3.5.
Team colours: Electric blue and black with white trim. Sponsorship would come from Pertamina, Pepsi Max, bwin.party digital entertainment, HTC and the Astana Group.