Pizzonia advises against F3000

Pizzonia advises against F3000

F3000 used to be considered one of the more traditional backgrounds for making the move to Formula One but increasingly young drivers are coming through from other series. Jaguar driver, and former Williams tester, Antonio Pizzonia raced in F3000...

F3000 used to be considered one of the more traditional backgrounds for making the move to Formula One but increasingly young drivers are coming through from other series. Jaguar driver, and former Williams tester, Antonio Pizzonia raced in F3000 and is of the opinion that it's not a good training ground for preparing for F1.

Antonio Pizzonia.
Photo by Jaguar Racing.
McLaren star Kimi Raikkonen caused a bit of a stir when he made the leap to F1 straight from Formula Renault while BAR's Jenson Button made the move from Formula 3. While today's front runners such as Ralf Schumacher, David Coulthard and Rubens Barrichello all competed in F3000 before F1, five time champion Michael Schumacher moved up from German F3.

Pizzonia thinks F3000 does not teach a driver what he needs to know for racing an F1 car: "I think basically a racing car is a racing car," he told Autocar. "But an F3000 is not a very good racing car. I would say an F3 car is nicely balanced, easier to work on, but an F3000 is just funny."

"You go through Formula Ford, Formula Renault, F3, or whatever, and the way you have to drive the cars is very similar. But F3000 seems to take you in a different direction. Basically, I wouldn't recommend anybody to do F3000 because it doesn't teach you the technique you're going to need to drive an F1 car."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jenson Button , Ralf Schumacher , Antonio Pizzonia , Michael Schumacher , Rubens Barrichello , Kimi Raikkonen
Teams McLaren , Williams , Jaguar Racing