Clivio Piccione piles on the points at Rockingham with second and fourth Monaco-born racer Clivio Piccione took a brilliant second during round 15 of this year's British Formula Three championship. The 19-year-old drove a storming race,...
Clivio Piccione piles on the points at Rockingham with second and fourth
Monaco-born racer Clivio Piccione took a brilliant second during round 15 of this year's British Formula Three championship. The 19-year-old drove a storming race, shadowing race winner Nelson Piquet Jr all the way to the chequered flag.
"I'm happy, but I really wanted to win," said Clivio afterwards. "It's great to rack up more championship points." Second place is the Manor Motorsport driver's best result since his win at Knockhill in May and he was delighted afterwards.
"This is a superb result for me and the mechanics and everyone in the Manor team, the car's been working well all weekend," he said.
In front of a huge crowd of an estimated 44,000 people, Clivio made an amazing start and launched himself up to second place in the first race. He then spent the next 15 laps chasing Piquet Jr.
"I think his car was a bit better at the start," said Clivio "but I closed right up at the end." Possibly frustrated that he couldn't get away from Clivio, Piquet made a mistake at the chicane, but unfortunately Clivio wasn't close enough to challenge. Still his fastest lap was only a tenth of a second of Piquet's best.
In the second race, Clivio had a real fight and made another supreme start, rocketing from sixth on the grid to third at the end of the first lap. Clivio stayed in third until the safety car came out and ruined his race. At the restart he lost a couple of positions to Piquet and Alan van der Merwe, but managed to force his way back up to fourth before the finish.
"It's been a strong weekend, I really like this circuit -- it suits my driving style. I've been really confident with my car and I've been able to concentrate on my driving and not too much on set-up."
The British Formula Three Championship continues in a fortnight at Thruxton, but Clivio will be back in action next weekend at the prestigious Marlboro Masters race at Zandvoort in Holland next weekend.