“A friend of mine says it’s a man not a woman – can’t multitask. It’s very much about single inputs, but in the same way, it’s much easier then once you understand how to drive the car.
“I think for endurance racing, when you’re considering you have to spend two or three hours consistently in the car, and it’s not a car that needs to be manhandled, it’s not a car that needs you to be sawing at the wheel to get the lap time out of it.
“Sprint racing, I can see that potentially where we would struggle. I think a car which is set-up with more front bias, a lot more happy to rotate might be a better car for some of the sprint tracks, the Ferrari will do better. And historically, I mean, we did very well last year with a Ferrari there, it was quick car.
“The Mercedes is a workhorse at the end of the day. It’s not the newest car on the grid, but it’s extremely reliable, it runs consistently almost faultless, touch wood, so that’s the really attractive side of it.”
There’s also the personal challenge of driving a Mercedes. The team-mates have driven Ferrari 488s exclusively since joining forces in the series and Froggatt himself hasn’t been at the wheel of any other brand of GT car during his career.
“As a tall guy, I’m six foot three, the Mercedes has a lot more physical space for me which is really crucial when you’re looking at the Paul Ricard and Spa races.
“I always have a little lower back issues. I get through the races and I compete well, but then my recovery is a lot longer afterwards simply because of the fatiguing in the Ferrari. The Mercedes is designed in this very clever way, it’s got sort of a carbon safety cell where the seat is completely moulded to you and you’re almost lying down. The brake pedal is directly in front of your foot where it should be, the Ferrari’s is offset. In the Ferrari you’re kind of 90-degrees up right, so that’s a big change that we’ve noticed immediately.”
Beyond this season’s GT World Challenge campaign, Tempesta has its sights firmly on the World Endurance Championship and Le Mans.
With the series opening up to GT3 entries, the Sky team is hoping to become one of those selected to join the championship and compete in endurance racing’s biggest event.
“I’d love to make that happen in 2023. I think that relies on of course being able to get an entry. You know, of course, it’s going to now it’s opened up to GT3, it’s going to be extremely competitive to get entries because now there’s a whole world of teams that you’re going to compete in that.
“So given that we can get an entry. I’d like to say you’ll see us not just at Le Mans but in the World Endurance Championship with the same goal, engaging people and raising awareness by the content that we produce.
“That’s a very important side of what we do differently to other teams. it’s not just about racing. It’s how we can also help raise awareness for the sport.”
The GT World Challenge Europe season begins this weekend at Imola on Sky Sports F1.