Enjoying what could prove to be a pivotal “learning year” last season with Trident, Olli Caldwell wants to put that experience to practice in 2021 with PREMA Racing, returning to his “second home” for a second season of Formula 3.
The duo’s relationship stretches back to 2018, when Caldwell ran for PREMA in Italian F4 and ADAC F4, before competing in Formula Regional European in their garage the following year as well.
After a move to Trident for his rookie season in Formula 3, Caldwell is sure he won’t need to do much adapting on his return to PREMA.
“I feel like I have improved everywhere,” said Caldwell. “That was the main goal last year. It was a learning year. I wanted to learn the championship, learn the tyres, and learn the car.
“I feel like I have done all of that and that we have improved more in the off-season.”
“I have already spent some time with the team: I went to Italy after Christmas and it was good to be back with them. I know them from 2019, and it was really good to get back and see some familiar faces. It felt like returning to a second home.”
The 18-year-old may feel he has a pretty good handle on the machinery heading into his sophomore year, but he will have to face a new-look format in F3, with three races per round.
It’s a challenge he’s looking forward too.
“After watching F2, I think that it’s going to be crazy,” said Caldwell on the new format. “It looked really busy, and I think that it will make physical fitness even more important. There may be some strategy with the reverse grids, but I think it will be crazy and fun.
“Overall, I just want to make sure that what I have focused on comes into practice. That way, I can focus more on working on any small issues that may occur. I am working to get everything perfect before the start of the season.”