PUTRAJAYA: Italian Massimiliano Moreschi is the youngest pilot in the F1 Powerboat World Championships. But the 20-year-old is certainly not the weakest.
And if he stays on in this sport, he could well be the one to surpass fellow Italian Guido Cappellini record of eight world titles.
Moreschi, who is racing in his second World Championships, came in at 14th position in the field of 21 during the qualifying race of the Malaysian F1 Powerboat Grand Prix at the Putrajaya Lake Club here yesterday.
The good looking Italian was plainly disappointed with his showing yesterday but vowed to make waves in the calm waters of the scenic Putrajaya Lake today.
Moreschi is in the same team as the more illustrious Francesco Cantando – the Singha Racing Team.
When he joined the world of the “big boys' last year, the young Italian, who hails from Monza, found it hard to keep pace with the more experienced pilots.
“I was only 19 then. Naturally, everyone treated me like a small boy. But I came in 12th in last year's World Championships. Now, I am more experienced and there is renewed respect for me. I have good rapport with the other pilots,” he said.
He is currently lying 15th out of 23 pilots with five points.
His best achievement in a race was a seventh position, achieved in Shanghai this year.
But he said he would try to do better than that before the season ends.
“For now, probably only experience is keeping me behind pilots like Guido or my own teammate Francesco. Given a few years, I will be able to snap at their heels,” he said.
Asked why he got involved in the sport at a young age, Moreschi replied, “My father was a powerboat race official and I used to follow him around.
“When I was12, I got into it seriously. And I wanted to be in the World Championships team.”
He certainly has the potential. At 15, he won the Italian Championships T400.
He was third in the F100 World Cup, aged 16, and was the runner-up in the F100 European Championships two years ago.