Antonio Pizzonia Q&A

Antonio Pizzonia clinched the British Formula 3 championship at Spa last weekend. The young Brazilian has set the motorsport world alight this year showing blistering pace in his Manor Motorsport Dallara and also behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car while carrying out testing work for the Benetton team. With the F3 title in the bag, the 19-year-old is now looking to 2001 and he would appear to be spoilt for choice. To test in F1, race in F3000, or do both - that's the question. Pizzonia talks to Autosport.com about his options

Antonio Pizzonia Q&A



"Relieved. Well, no...really good. The championship was really hard. It's obviously good to win a championship, but I think with Formula 3 it's a special feeling - especially because when I decided to do F3 last year, people were saying that no-one can win the championship in their first year, and I did win it in my first year so I was very happy with that."



"It's always competitive and it's always very difficult. I think if you look at all the past British Formula 3 drivers there's a lot of competitive drivers there - it's quite an impressive list."



"Not really, because my target was to finish in the top three. When we started testing in February I was quickest in all of the tests so I thought maybe I could fight for the championship. Then I won the first two races and things began to look good."



"I raced there last year in Formula Renault but it was raining for the whole weekend so it was my first time in the dry."



"Yes it's definitely the best circuit I've raced on, but it's a bit too big for a Formula 3 car because it's slower so all the corners are quite easy. You can easily take Eau Rouge flat but I think it would be interesting in an F1 car."



"At the moment I'm still planning to do Formula 3000, but I may have to skip it because we have some really good options in Formula 1 for a testing programme. But I don't know yet."



"It depends. I think if you can get a testing contract where you can get a lot of mileage then that's a good thing, but it also depends on the team. People say the Formula 3000 car is not the best car to drive and not the best car to learn in. But I can't really say because I have never driven one before. I don't know how good the car is."



"There is a small chance. If I continue to test for Benetton I could drive for Super Nova in F3000, but if I can drive for the Petrobras team there is a good chance I could have a testing link with Williams. I'm also talking with various others -- things are looking good."



"No it's not over yet. There is still the last race of the season at Silverstone and then also Macau and Korea and I want to do well there. After that maybe we can celebrate. I hope to go back to Brazil for Christmas but then the winter all depends on what I am going to do next year. Things are looking pretty good though..."

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