Coloni Motorsport on the podium with the Lola-Dome F106/03 Mugen and a superb Christian Montanari.
The first podium in Europe for the new Lola-Dome F106/03 Mugen comes from Italy, thanks to Coloni Motorsport and a superb Christian Montanari, author of an excellent race ended with a third place!
Starting from the qualifying sessions and free practice, the car showed great improvements and the pre-race warm-up supplied further indications in this sense: both Marco Bonanomi and Christian Montanari noticed that the single-seater was improving lap after lap and the chooses made in the Sunday morning were fundamental for the success in the afternoon race (second date of the Italian F.3 Championship).
For Christian Montanari the Binetto (I) race immediately began well: on the first corner after the start he overcame an opponent, ending the lap 1 sixth. Again on the first corner Christian did pass Giovanni Berton too with a good overtake and then, when he was running fourth, he amazed the whole paddock with an impossible overtake, driving even in a dirt trajectory. For Christian this overtake means the first podium in Formula 3 and the second in a single-seater car in his career, while for Coloni Motorsport the podium comeback remembers something special, because the last F.3 podium dates back to 1996 with Tuero, who made his debut in Formula 1 the following season with Minardi.
Also Marco Bonanomi confirmed his driving skills and car's quality: After the start Marco made up two positions, but unfortunately an opponent hit him and he fell beck, ending the lap 1 seventh. Bonanomi didn't surrendered, he gained one place overtaking Gattuso on the first corner and going then to attack Giovanni Berton. He got really close to Berton but, attempting to overtaking him, the two drivers collided (without any Bonanomi responsibility): Bonanomi had to give up in the following lap because of the damage suffered by the suspensions and by the gearbox.
The team is fully satisfied with the results achieved in Binetto thanks to his drivers and also with the quality and reliability of the car: the Montanari's one was even hit hard by another car, but all continued to operate perfectly. In the first date on Magione track, Coloni Motorsport will continue to develop further on the new single-seater, which will have a new suspension system for the third date of the Italian F.3 Championship.
Paolo Coloni, Team Principal: "We are quite happy: we gave to Lola-Dome the first podium in Europe! This result is an evident sign of the work we are doing and of the quick improvement of the new car. I'm also happy to see Christian Montanari, a F.3 rookie, yet on the podium in his second race, a race so resolute and determined. Marco Bonanomi is progressing well, but in this date too he couldn't demonstrate his skills, I'm also sure that we've only to wait for the next race in Magione (I). I think that Magione will be really important for us, in which we will have new development details: one of the evolutions steps yet predicted and which gave optimal results in England".