It was a great day driving the Williams Martini Racing simulator!! Learned so much and looking forward to more!!
Sneak preview of my daily life
24 Apr 2014
Support for racing talent Dennis van de Laar.
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Career planning and advice in cooperation with Randstad.
DIEMEN – Randstad and racing talent Dennis van de Laar (20) are joining forces. Career planning advisors will support the top talent from Zandvoort for the next three years, and help him with the strategic planning of his career. Van de Laar is constantly searching for professional partners to help him in his further development. De cooperation with Randstad, sponsor of the Williams F1 Team since 2006, offers the young driver the support he needs to fulfil his Formula 1 dream. In addition, this cooperation creates a better balance between sports and a social career.
Dennis van de Laar started racing at age 14 and made his début in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, traditionally the breeding ground for Formula 1, last year. Within the Formula 3, Van de Laar can measure himself against the world’s top racing talents.
“Racing is my passion. It is my dream to someday drive in Formula 1. My career has been prosperous so far and there were even connections made already with the Williams F1 Team. I do not yet know where this will lead to, but I will keep pushing to prove myself. Additionally, I want and need to think about my future. Randstad has such extended experience in coaching top athletes, that I will gladly be supported by them,” says Van de Laar.
Chris Heutink, General Director Randstad the Netherlands: “We are very fond of sports and feel connected to Formula 1. Our cooperation with Dennis is therefor an understandable match. He has a passion, a dream, and we want to help him in realising this dream, by making use of his other talents as well. The same goes for Formula 1 and the business world. You need a top team to perform. From drivers to engineers, from directors to secretaries. Top athletes have the special skills that are also very beneficial in the business world. We are ready to develop those skills and get Dennis on the right track. And we will willingly leave the racetracks to Dennis.”
Who is Dennis?
A boy with a dream
Hi and welcome to my website. My name is Dennis van de Laar and I was born 3 February 1994. For as long as I can remember I have had a dream of becoming the absolute best in motorsport. At the age of 14 I started racing. At that time I achieved lap times of 2:07 at the circuit Zandvoort with a Suzuki Swift. After a season of Formula Renault 2.0 that lap time was down to one minute and a half in the Formula 3. This didn’t happen on its own, it was the result of hard work. Not a minute goes by without racing being top of
mind for me. I am living in an apartment in Italy close to my team.
Here I have all the facilities to improve as a racing driver. Training
on the simulator, working out with my trainer at the gym,
mental training in a lab and running plus biking in beautiful
weather have become my daily routine.
Videoblog #4 - Moscow Raceway
Videoblog #4 - Moscow Raceway
Videoblog #3 - Spa Francorchamps
Introducing Dennis van de Laar by Prema Powerteam
Videoblog #2 - Hungaroring
Videoblog #1 - Pau
Preview FIA F3 2014 with PREMA Powerteam
De perfecte race - Jongensdroom
Qualifying 1 - Palm Beach International Raceway
Rolex 24 Hours @ Daytona Speedway
Qualifying 1 - Sebring International Raceway
Join me in my Formula 3 @ Zandvoort
Florida Winter Series - Palm Beach
Florida Winter Series - Simulator
Florida Winter Series - Mechanic for a day
Florida Winter Series - Sebring
Preparing the 2013 season @ my gokart
Flip @ Lausitzring
First Formula 3 training sessions @ Zandvoort
Discovery Magazine Kia Optima Hybrid Drivingtest
Formule Renault 2.0 @ Zandvoort Masters F3
Fifth Gear - Promo
14 years old, training with my Suzuki Swift car
The team I’m racing for is the Italian Prema Powerteam: a team with a past of winning lots of championships, including the last 3 years of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. Prema Racing was founded in 1983 by Angelo Rosin. From 1994, as a consequence of changes within the company, with the transformation into Prema Powerteam the Team's activities increased at an international level. Nowadays, PREMA is one of Europe's leading international racing teams. It is in fact the third Italian Team (after F1 Teams: Ferrari and Toro Rosso) based on the Team's dimension, importance and Championships in which it participates.
The team's tasks are not limited to just the tuning and set up of its racing vehicles; it also aims to deliver the complete training of each driver, from the development of technical knowledge to the improvement of mental and physical condition.
High down-force, low power
The engine power in Formula 3 is relatively low, according to racing standards. I drive a 240hp, 2-litre Mercedes engine. On the other hand Formula 3 is known for its high down-force level. The massive front- and rear wing and slick tires result in extreme grip on the track. The car only weighs 570 kilograms including the driver. This limited weight gives the car the ability to achieve extremely high cornering speed and because of this I have to endure G forces up to 3.5 G.
Collective Test: Imola (ITA)
Packing the bags
Formula 3 races take place in the UK, Germany, France, Hungary, Belgium, Russia, Italy, Austria and the Netherlands, with the traditional final race of the season in Macau, China. It is safe to say; hotels, racetracks and planes have become my second home.
See all races
- 07-08 October Collective Test: Imola (ITA)
- 18-19 October Hockenheim II (GER)
- 11-12 October Imola (ITA)
Welcome to my world
Racing is all about numbers and lines. All my actions in the car are logged by a data system, from a movement of my steering wheel to the travel of my shock absorbers. Together with my two engineers I analyse the data against my teammates to improve myself on the track and to be able to provide the car with a better setup. You can see some of these statistics on the screen on the right side.
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Stay in touch
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