Lauda secures Coloni drive

Mathias Lauda, the son of three-time Formula 1 world champion Niki, has signed to drive for Coloni Motorsport in this year's Formula 3000 championship

Lauda secures Coloni drive

Italian team Coloni has four seats available for this season, as it also runs satellite team CMS Performance. The team, which has already signed Jose Maria Lopez and Can Artam for this season, has yet to decide which of its squads Lauda will drive for, although he will test for CMS Performance in Jerez this week.

"Coloni is one of the best teams in the field and so this is a very good move for me," said Lauda, who competed in the World Series Lights Championship this year. "For sure F3000 is a very tough series and there is a lot to learn but I have a very good team around me to help. I am confident I will be competitive and the test in Jerez will see how my times compare to the other drivers.

"The step up to F3000 doesn't bother me, because I have already driven in a few tests and also drove the V6 [Dallara] Nissan World Series car which has a similar performance."

Team boss Paolo Coloni said: "We are very pleased to sign Mathias as I believe he is a very talented driver. He did very well when he competed his first F3000 test particularly as he does not have very much experience. From analysing his performance more closely I believe he is going to be very good and improve every time he gets into the car and I am really looking forward to working with him."

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