Over the coming weeks, we’ll be introducing you to all the drivers that have signed up to the 2020 BRDC British F3 Championship, as part of our ‘getting to know you’ feature.
First up is Chris Dittmann Racing’s Nico Varrone. The Argentinean is back for a full season in BRDC British F3 after competing in nine races last season, the highlight being a stunning win from eighth on the grid at Spa Francorchamps, and a second place at the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit.
Here he explains his racing story so far, how he comes from a family of racers, his favourite hobbies and his aims for the season ahead.
1. Where is your hometown and can you tell us anything interesting about where you’re from?
I live in Argentina in a little town 40km away from the centre of Buenos Aires called Ingeniero Maschwitz, we do not have too many interesting things but near to my neighbourhood there is one of the biggest zoos in Argentina.
2. Will you be travelling from your home country to race in British F3 or have you moved to live in the UK? If so, where in the UK will you be living?
It is something we are going to see throughout the season. When there is a big gap between races I will come back to Argentina but for the rest I will stay in UK, probably near the team HQ.
3. How did you first become interested in motorsport?
My father and my mother both raced against each other here in Argentina. My father had a race team and I grew up with all the racing cars and tools, so when I was 7 years old, we went to a Karting track here in Argentina and from that moment I never stopped.
4. Tell us about your career up to now and how it has got you to this position in British F3?
My career has been good so far with some up and downs due to budget reasons but in Karting I managed to win championships in Argentina and race at international level in CIK/FIA races. Then stepping up to Formula Renault VdeV in Europe and winning the Championship with 13 pole positions, 11 podiums and six wins was one of my biggest achievements so far and obviously another highlight that for me is the best one till now is my British F3 win at Spa last year starting from P8.
5. Who has been your biggest career influence?
I think as being Argentinean, Juan Manuel Fangio is the idol of everyone in our country but one I always admire is Ayrton Senna, for me he is the best of all time.
6. How has testing in British F3 gone for you so far?
I've not have the chance to test yet.
7. When the season starts, which circuit are you most looking forward to racing on?
Probably Spa, as I have some really nice memories from last year but also Oulton Park I think should be great.
8. What is your aim for the 2020 British F3 season?
Well, first we have to get out on track and see where we are, but I will go out from the pitlane with the aim of being on top every session, and win the championship at the end of the year.
9. When you are not racing or testing, what do you do to keep yourself busy? Are you a gym/fitness fanatic or do you have any interesting hobbies you’d like to let us know about?
I'm now in quarantine, but I spend a lot of time on the sim but usually I like training and being in the simulator, that is my favourite hobby
10. What are your ultimate career ambitions?
My main goal is to reach Formula 1, I know is difficult because you need lot of budget but you never know what can happen!
Watch Nico's victory at Spa below:
Photos supplied by the driver, Spa image Jakob Ebrey
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