Piccola: This is simply the beginning Piccola Scuderia Corse (PSC) will grant no armistice in their fight for the 2008 Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship with gun-driver Neil McFadyen at Oran Park later this month, 25-27th ...
Piccola: This is simply the beginning
Piccola Scuderia Corse (PSC) will grant no armistice in their fight for the 2008 Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship with gun-driver Neil McFadyen at Oran Park later this month, 25-27th April.
The current championship leaders are buoyed by the opportunity to conduct their first ever test day since taking delivery of their F307 Dallara- Mercedes Formula 3 car three days prior to the first race. There is no doubt this presents a great opportunity for the team to gather as much data regarding the responsiveness of the F307, working through a schedule that will maximise the usefulness of the test.
The recent resurgence of the team has been described as being a product of forming an environment that is conducive towards helping young drivers extract their best both on & off the circuit, and having a team with the experience & inspiration to ensure the small things are done right.
PSC team engineer Matt Thio alludes to the insight that has helped shape the rejuvenated Ferrari team this year:
'We're focusing on developing a sequence of champions for Piccola Scuderia Corse especially for 2008/09. We want to re-affirm our commitment to Australian F3 in fostering young talented drivers who regardless of budget, deserve the chance to represent their ambitions with the best team. We've set in place a direction that reflects exactly that so this is simply the beginning'.
Piccola also conducted a casual barbeque for charity last Friday in aid of The Sydney Childrens' Hospital, Randwick, raising approximately $4,000 for the foundation. With Beef Eater Barbeques supplying 4 barbeques and raffling one of their Discovery range barbeques to further help raise funds for the charity, the team intends to host more functions for the Childrens' Hospital on a regular basis.
Also in attendance was Former Formula 1 Team Owner - Ted Toleman, who had also arranged to meet up with the team during the Melbourne Formula 1 GP. Ted founded the Toleman F1 Team, introducing drivers such as Aryton Senna to Formula 1 as well as revered engineers Rory Byrne (Ferrari F1) and Pat Symonds (Renault F1).
PSC are very appreciative of Ted's involvement with the team and for his support and advice for our F3 program. In what became the Benetton and Renault F1 team, the Toleman team punched well above its weight during the powerful 1.5litre turbo era that was Formula 1 during the 1980s.
PSC also flew Neil McFadyen to Melbourne to assist GT driver Nick Kelly in the Industrie Ferrari 360 Challenge providing technical advice for driving the 5.3km Albert Park street circuit. In what was a race of attrition, the Ferrari performed faultlessly amidst the searing Melbournian heat with recorded air temperatures of 42 degC and track temperatures in excess of 55degC. Team sponsor Qantas provided shade for the team in their corporate suites above the Ferrari and BMW Sauber F1 pits -the team returning extremely refreshed in anticipation for the next round of the F3 championship.
Piccola have yet to announce their complete driver line-up for Oran Park, but as engineer Joe Sasso points out, all their cars including their F304s are race ready:
'It's great that every one of our cars possesses a winning pedigree, having won races and snared consistent podium finishes in 2007. The National- class F304 Dallaras are in much better shape than when they last scored points last season, so the potential for a strong line-up is promising. In fact, I believe there is only one F304 still available so we are still looking for an extra driver. Additionally, Neil's technical feedback is first class and that gives us an advantage straight away in helping drivers who are new to Formula 3 acclimatise faster & learn more efficiently.'
Piccola Scuderia's Ferrari sales and servicing departments are also booming, with the company increasing their staff numbers with the introduction of their latest mechanic Adrian Battiato. The factory is currently operating at maximum capacity, along with record sales of their classic Ferraris.
The entire PSC team is definitely working hard on the very detail that will be their success.