Referring to his style as more “smart than aggressive,” Lorenzo Colombo is looking to be intelligent both on the track and off it, as he targets a smooth start to life in Formula 3 with Campos Racing, and focuses on consistency.
A six-time Formula Renault Eurocup race-winner, Colombo makes the step-up after three years in the series, where he finished sixth, fourth and fifth.
The Italian enjoyed a two-race stint with Campos in the 2017 Euroformula Open, and he hopes that his prior experience with the Spanish side will aid the bedding in process with the team in F3.
“I feel quite confident with the team. We’ve already built a relationship and it has been a good start,” said Colombo. “The F3 Championship has always been a goal for me, so I really have to thank Campos Racing for giving me this opportunity. I want to show them what I can do.
“We have already started working hard since I was announced. The most important thing for me will be to learn as much as I can, as soon as I can, so that I can perform in the opening rounds. I think that the key will be consistency - always being in and around it.
“You need to show what you can do at every track and work well with the team to adapt to every situation to make the car as fast as possible. Scoring points as regularly as possible will be important and I cannot wait to get started.”
More used to driving on the tyres that Formula Renault use, the increased sensitivity of the Pirellis that F3 compete on will take some getting used to for Colombo, but he’s confident he can adapt fairly quickly.
“The biggest step will be understanding and managing the tyres, having come from Formula Renault on Hankook” said Colombo. “I never had any problems with degradation or overheating on those though, so I hope that can help me in F3.
“My engineer also told me that the level of pushing is still quite high in this category and that the degradation isn't quite as big as it is in F2. I just hope that I can understand them as quickly as possible. But even when you feel that things aren’t perfect, you can still manage them and score good points.”