Bubba Wallace: The Future
50 years of Alpinestars with Randy Mamola
Alpinestars 50 Year Anniversary, Los Angeles
POWERS OF 16
Q. What have you been up to these last couple of years?
After I stepped down from Formula One in 2011 I took different roads. I still kept myself linked to F1 as a test driver, but I found it difficult to stand on the sidelines and watch races. So I kept myself busy by doing a few races in the WEC series, competing in LMP2 with Lotus, and then a series I really enjoyed, Superstars (saloon cars), where I raced with Mercedes and against good names like Mika Salo, Johnny Herbert and other ex-F1 drivers. Now this season I have a new adventure in Japan with Honda where I will compete in the Super GT and Super Formula series.
Q. You’ve raced there before: do you have fond memories of Japan?
I love Japan. I love the culture, the cities and the emphasis on technology. I used to go there when I was 15 years old with karting, and I won a world cup in Suzuka in 1999. I love the passion that the people put into motorsports; the races have so many spectators: 80 to 90,000. This is why I think it will be an interesting season for me.