Raffaele Marciello is an official Mercedes driver. He was born in Zurich on December 17, 1994 and has Casertan origins. Its sporting history is similar to that of many other drivers. He started the karting experience very young, he did the first laps on the track when he was just four years old. In the category he remained until the age of 14 participating in world and European championships, climbing on the third step of the podium in the Europeans of 2009. To keep fit, he rides his racing bike, another great passion that helps him to find the condition and feeling with speed.
Who gave you the passion for cars and racing?
My dad was running for fun and at an amateur level, he was him when I was 4 years old that made me try a kart and everything was born from there.
What does it mean to be a pilot?
For me everything. It’s the only thing I can do and I like to do, so I consider myself very lucky to be a pilot, and to do what I love and enjoy. Surely we must make many sacrifices, be away from family and friends and grow before normal, but everything is repaid.
What kind of car do you drive every day?
I have the company car Mercedes C43 Amg station wagon.
Is it true that, like many people say, a rider makes a good life?
As I said before everything is the opposite. I do about 25 races a year, I’m always on the plane, time zones and up early. There is the stress of the result, races that last 24 hours, surely you make many sacrifices and then there is also the good life, but first comes the hard work!
Is it harder to drive a racing car or to ride on uphill?
Surely riding on hills is much harder for me, I’m used to driving so it’s much easier.
Why is cycling is so popular among pilots?
Because we do not have to put on weight, so by doing cycling we can train the aerobic part without becoming heavy.
What do you like about cycling?
The social rides with other riders are very nice, we can often do tours together and are very funny. I also really like the technology challenge behind the bikes and being a driver I can understand the mental effort and the sacrifices that cyclists have to make during the big tours, for example.
How many times do you train and how do you train?
I am often on the track so I do not have much time to train on my bike but as soon as I have some free time I get on my Colnago and start pedaling, for now I do volume without specific programs. I’m very tall so I can not do a lot of work with the weights in the gym, so cycling is ideal for me.
How important is physical training to drive a car well?
Count, especially during the Endurance races where you have to keep the concentration very long as the race lasts 24h divided by three drivers.
Do you count more the talent or the physical preparation to go fast in the car?
Talent, because the last 2 tenths that make the difference you will never find them with physical training.
What are your goals for the future?
Build a solid career linked to a great car brand and try to become one of the strongest wheeled drivers covered.
Raffaele Marciello in pills
2010 enters the Ferrari driver academy. Third in the Abarth formula.
2011 Formula 3 Italy, second
2012 European Formula 3, second
2013 European Formula 3, first
2014 Gp2, eighth and second rookie
2015 third F1 Sauber driver and Ferrari tester
2016 third Gp2
2017/2018 official Mercedes GT3 driver (best third result at Spa 24h)