After the legacy of Carlos Reuteman in the 70s and 80s, everything would indicate that with Franco Colapinto a new hope appears in Argentine motorsports. The 19-year-old pilot was confirmed by williamsone of the historic teams in the Formula 1 to be part of the team that faces the 2023 season in Formula 3, to then phase in Formula 2 in 2024 and train for a potential arrival in the highest category to code with the best.
Added to the fact that Colapinto is presented with a great opportunity, at the same time it generates nostalgia for all lovers of motoring and especially to the fans of the great Carlos Reutemann. It must be remembered that the Argentine driver who won 12 Formula 1 races was part of the british team from 1980 to 1982 in his last stage as a runner.
Facing its second season in formula 3the pilot born in Pilar was announced by williams racing to be part of their ranks as a great future project to say present in the highest category. “Williams Racing is delighted to welcome Franco Colapinto to the team’s Driver Academy. We are also pleased to confirm that Franco will compete in the 2023 FIA Formula 3 Championship with MP Motorsport”, said the team that today has the Thai alex albon and the american sergeant logan like the faces in Formula 1.
“It is a true honor to join Williams Racing as an Academy Driver. Son One of the most successful teams in the history of the Formula 1 and I hope to follow in the footsteps of my compatriot Carlos Reuteman. It is an incredible opportunity for which I will be forever grateful. Thank you to everyone at Williams for trusting me”, expressed the pilot born in Pilar in a video on social networks.
Now with a new challenge for the next season, tailtail He then received an offer from MP Motorsport for two seasons, 2023 in Formula 3 and the chance to make the jump to Formula 2 the following year. Of course, this promotion is not only tied to the team, but everything is subject to the results of the Argentine driver, something that everyone is confident will happen since Colapinto will have a strong vehicle compared to its competitors in the category. Added to his talent, Colapinto is facing a unique opportunity to grow in the discipline.
Bringing to light that the great teams pay attention to every detail of each of the categories in search of the drivers of the future, this was how he defined sven meetssports director of Williams Racing, who found Franco Colapinto. “His career accomplishments since he started karting highlight Franco’s natural ability behind the wheel and what he is capable of for years to come,” said Smeets.
Franco was Argentine karting champion and he settled in Europe in 2018. The following year the title in Spanish Formula 4 was modified with the team of the historic pilot, Fernando Alonso. Over time he gained confidence and in 2020 he was third in the European Formula Renault and in 2021 he finished sixth in the Regional Formula. Being a winner of all categories, becoming a heavyweight in the Old World, he earned the respect and consideration of the international environment to make the first big leap into the world. formula 3.
In his first year in that category, he earned nothing less than five podiums product of two victories in emblematic circuits such as the Italians of Imola and Monza, two third places (Austria and the Netherlands) and a second place, in Hungary. In addition, he obtained a pole position in the first race run in Bahrain. I finish ninth in the championship and modified 83.51 percent of the points of the Van Amersfoort Racing squad, with which he competed. That great walk then aroused the interest of Williams Racing to achieve and train him under his wing from 2023.
Being a great projection to the future Colapinto arrives at a Williams Racing away from that glorious teamthat he knew how to dominate in Formula 1. In recent years, since the outing of the frank family In managing the team, Williams had its ups and downs and now after the purchase of Dorilton Capital, an American investment fund, which disbursed 156 million dollars, aims to improve the performance of recent seasons. One of those targeted then to go hand in hand with this evolution is Colapinto to say present at the Formula 1 with Williams in the near future, making his potential top flight debut in 2025.
With this new story to write with Williams Racing and the latent dream of reaching the highest category, Franco Colapinto can become the twenty-sixth Argentine to run in Formula 1, which has not had a pilot since 2001, with Gastón Mazzacane as the last presence of the Albiceleste. Now, the expectation is enormous due to the strong iron tradition that exists in Argentina and due to the representatives who made history and abandoned their legacy as the Five-time champion, Juan Manuel Fangio (1951, 1954, 1955, 1956 and 1957), José Froilán González (first winner with Ferrari in 1951 and runner-up in 1954) and the aforementioned Reutemann who was part of Williams, the new house in Colapinto.
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