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Alberto Colombo

23rd February 1946 (Age 74)
Varedo, Lombardy
Most recent race (in database):

This frizzy-haired Italian may have failed as a Formula 1 driver but he enjoyed some success in the junior categories and was a longstanding Formula 2 entrant.

Relative success in Formula 3 and F2

He was 28 years old when his international career gathered momentum with victory in the 1974 Italian Formula 3 Championship for Scuderia del Lario.

He had already made his F2 debut when driving Vittorio Brambilla’s March 732-BMW at Vallelunga in 1973. Colombo then raced in the series until 1980 and he made a record 74 starts in the European Championship. He wasn’t particularly successful but did finish third at Mugello 1977, Thruxton 1979 and Hockenheim 1980 (that latter race stopped early due to a fatal accident). Seventh in 1977 with a Team Euroracing March 772-BMW was his best championship position.

Colombo formed his own team – Sanremo Racing – in 1978 to prolong his own career at this level. In addition to running a car for himself, Sanremo entered a series of younger Italian hopefuls and continued to operate after Colombo retired from driving in 1980. Both Maurizio Flammini (Vallelunga F2 1979) and Gabriele Tarquini (Estoril F3000 1985) matched Colombo’s third place finishes for the team before it closed in 1986.

Formula 1 with ATS and Merzario

An F2 journeyman at best, Colombo briefly made it to F1 in 1978 when he replaced Jean-Pierre Jarier in the ATS team for the Belgian and Spanish Grands Prix but failed to qualify for either. He then drove Arturo Merzario’s even-less competitive Ford-powered A1 chassis at Monza and predictably failed to make the field again.