Nicholas Latifi at the young age of just 16 prepares himself for his first Formula 3 Event, competing in the ultra-competitive Italian Formula 3 Championship. The first of 8 events will be contested at the Valencia Circuit in Spain March 30th to April 1st . The challenging circuit will be the first of 3 races held outside of Italy in the Italian Championship. The young Latifi proved his speed in early winter testing as he adjusted to the new car and the Valencia Circuit, improving with each session as he built confidence in the more powerful higher down-force car.
Together with his new team BVM Target, the young driver set his sites on furthering his development as a driver by participating in multiple winter test days in Europe to gain valuable seat time to help with the difficult transition from karts to cars.
After a stellar career in karting - once again, last week he excelled under the Florida sun taking the top prize and Florida Winter Tour series title and his 3rd consecutive ticket to the 2012 Rotax World Championships in Portugal - the young Latifi in less than 2 weeks time will face his biggest challenge to date as he competes in Formula 3 against the top up and coming racing talents in the world at the technical Valencia Circuit.
NICHOLAS LATIFI: “To win the Florida Winter Tour DD2 championship feels amazing because it means I earn a ticket to return to the grand finals in Portugal! It was a hard fought championship battle which came down to the last race so that makes it feel all the more better. I'm really looking forward to the first race of the season in Valencia. It will be my first race in an F3 car so I'm just going to keep an open mind going in with no expectations. I've driven the Valencia circuit a few times and have grown a liking to it. It's a very technical track and should make for some good racing”
GIUSEPPE MAZZOTTI (Team Owner): “We were all positively surprised how fast Nicholas got up to speed in the Formula 3. The switch from karts to Formula cars is not a simple step, however Nicholas adapted very quickly and demonstrated both speed and being able to work with the car. We are very excited about working with Nicholas in 2012 and are looking forward to seeing his continued development."