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Thursday 15 November 2018

Fassbender on the fast lane 'learning curve' with Ferrari

Actor Michael Fassbender
Actor Michael Fassbender

Michael Fassbender has revealed he is planning to spend more time in the fast lane next year - as a racing car driver.

The Irish actor has enjoyed an impressive first season competing on the North American Ferrari Challenge circuit.

Now, the Alien: Covenant star has said he is hoping to build on his success next year by producing even better performances behind the wheel.

"Hopefully I will race in the challenge again next year, fingers crossed," the 40-year-old said.

Intense

"I'd like to continue forward and see where I can get to. It would be great to try some GT cars, and I'll take it as far as I can."

In an interview with Autosport, the actor who was raised in Killarney, Co Kerry, described the past season as a "learning curve".

"It's intense. There's a lot of information to take on and a lot of car," he added.

"It's almost 700bhp. I've learned a lot.

"It's been an incredible experience, really."

In an earlier interview, Fassbender - who despite not owning a car is a lifelong motoring enthusiast - said he fulfilled a dream by teaming up with Ferrari and following in the footsteps of his hero, Formula One legend Michael Schumacher.

The Hollywood star, who recently married Swedish actress Alicia Vikander, said: "Ferrari is defined by racing, and training with the Ferrari team gave me a great foundation to hone my skills behind the wheel of the 488 Challenge race car.

"From a very early age I idolised Ferrari and its champion, Michael Schumacher, in particular. Racing in the Ferrari Challenge brings that dream full circle."

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