Clivio Piccione gears up for his 2003 British Formula 3 Championship. Clivio Piccione knows he can win the British Formula 3 title in 2003 having secured the runners up position during his 2002 Scholarship Class attack. The naturally talented...
Clivio Piccione gears up for his 2003 British Formula 3 Championship.
Clivio Piccione knows he can win the British Formula 3 title in 2003 having secured the runners up position during his 2002 Scholarship Class attack.
The naturally talented racer graduates to the Championship class this year with Manor Motorsport and is confident that 2003 will bring further success when the new season gets under way at Donington Park on April 6. Clivio is relishing the prospect of getting back to racing after the long winter.
"It has been a very long break, but I've been training over the winter months and have been focussing on the first race of the year. I can't wait for the season to start."
After a brilliant season with T-Sport resulting in his runner-up position in his first year of Formula 3, Clivio signed with Manor Motorsport in October of 2002 having impressed during early testing with the team, and settled in straight away.
"John (Booth) and the rest of the team have been great since moving closer to the factory in Sheffield. We have built a good working relationship during tests and factory visits, and already have a good understanding of each other both on and off the track, which is very important. We will have a strong team set up for the first race."
Clivio has been demonstrating his speed in pre-season testing and has been impressed with the Dallara F303 Mugen Honda. "The car felt great from the first moment I sat in it," he said. "And it has felt good in testing ? really quick."
At the first official test of the year, conditions were wet, but Clivio was right on the pace: "In the wet weather testing I've set fast times, as I'm used to the changeable English weather now!" Clivio has continued to set top five times at subsequent pre-season testing at Rockingham and Donington and will be a podium regular again in 2003.
Stefano Fabi and Tor Graves will partner the Monegasque this year but he's not concerned about the competition, as he remains focused on his own goals and concentrates on bringing in the race wins. "I've known Stefano for a long time now and I know how important it is to have a good relationship with your team mates, which we already have."
Everything is in place for Clivio to build on the success of last year. "My goal is to win the championship. I want to score as many wins as I can and do the greatest job possible. I want to show people what I can do, and British F3 is the best place to do that. It's hard here; the competition in England is tougher than in France or Germany, but I am already feeling confident." Manor Motorsport team boss, John Booth is confident Clivio can do a good job. "He'll be challenging for the championship, from the opening race Clivio will be right up there as one of the pace setters."