Tell us about your team’s history with Formula Student.
–We have participated in Formula Student competitions since 2016 under the name of Formula UC3M, racing every season in FSS. We have been continuously improving and growing as a team, and in 2019 we competed in FSG as well. This year we are looking forward to joining FSA and FSN for the first time, and 2021 will be the first season we race as MAD Formula Team, marking a new era for us.
What does join Formula Student Netherlands mean to you?
–Formula Student Netherlands is one of the most prestigious and competitive events in Europe, so it has always been our goal to classify for FSN and race in Assen. We are extremely excited about the opportunity, it is a great milestone for a small team like ours
What makes you different than the other teams?
What is your biggest achievement in Formula Student so far?
-We’re a young team, and luck has never been on our side. Results until now have not shown the performance of the car as we have suffered plenty of reliability issues in competitions.
But 2021 will be different, doing more testing than ever before prior to the events, and hopefully, we will be able to show what we are capable of.
Describe your car in three words.
–Phoenix is FANtastic
How did COVID-19 affect your team and how did you deal with it?
-The pandemic forced a couple of sponsors to pull out of their deals with the team. Furthermore, our university was forced to cut our budget as well, meaning we had to get creative to raise the funds necessary to race. We created plenty of team merchandising, and we created a Go Fund Me campaign to fund our 2021 project. This campaign was a success thanks to the appearances we made in Spanish radio programs, a sim racing event with our virtual racecar and in collaboration with one of the biggest platforms in sim racing, Racedepartment. These events allowed us to spread the word and make our campaign a success.
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