GIANMARCO RAIMONDO F3 ITALIA VALLELUNGA PREVIEW Canadian open wheel racer heads into sixth weekend of rookie season looking to score solid results St. Catharines, Ontario - Gianmarco Raimondo, Canadian formula car racer, heads back into racing...
GIANMARCO RAIMONDO F3 ITALIA VALLELUNGA PREVIEW
Canadian open wheel racer heads into sixth weekend of rookie season looking to score solid results
St. Catharines, Ontario - Gianmarco Raimondo, Canadian formula car racer, heads back into racing action following two challenging rounds of the Italian Formula 3 Championship. Looking to close out a solid rookie campaign on Europe soil, the young St. Catherines native is looking forward to returning to familiar territory as he heads to the circuit at Vallelunga. This coming weekend at Vallelunga marks the sixth weekend in the eight weekend series, which will return to Mugello and then end the season at the famous circuit in Monza home to the recent Italian Formula One Grand Prix. The Lucidi Motorsports driver is very up beat and well prepared to take the on tough battles at the upcoming race.
"Vallelunga is the track that I have the most experience on in Italy. I participated in last years race weekend and have also tested there with my current team, Lucidi Motors," comments Raimondo. "Now having a lot more seat time and experience with the team, I know this weekend will be amazing for us."
The team has been working better and harder than ever this last half of the year. The solid effort on all fronts is pushing Raimondo to be even more focused and positive on the upcoming race weekend. Formula 3, usually abbreviated F3, is universally recognized as one of the most important on track racing series for emerging drivers. The Formula 3 program was christened by the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) in 1950. The great success and the history of the series have allowed the direct passage of some drivers to Formula One.
"This facility has a combination of many different series of corners, camber, elevation and most importantly passing zones," continues Raimondo. "I am approaching this race with a lot of confidence and drive, especially coming from the last two weekends where things didn't go according to plan."
With the F3 Italia series past the halfway mark, the points championship is beginning to heat up in both the overall championship and the rookie title. On the line is a test with the Scuderia Ferrari F1 Team. Drivers and teams recently completed a test at the track in preparation for the event. With six more rounds still score there is plenty of opportunity for drivers to make major moves in the standings.
"There is still a chance for me to attain the rookie title from my third place in these last three weekends of the season," smiles Raimondo from his home base in Italy. "I am planning to push as hard as possible to close the gap this next weekend where I don't have as much of a disadvantage."