Twenty-year-old driver Andrea Cola, recently awarded the Automobile Club of Rome’s prize for the most promising driver of 2019, will take part in the European Formula Regional Championship with the Monolite Racing Team, after three successful seasons with the team.
“Excited? No, I wouldn’t say … I’m focused and determined to give my best to get good results in this new challenge,” says the Roman. “The cancellation of testing due to the Coronavirus will prevent me from trying the new car before the start of the championship so I will have to get the feeling for it during the races and I will have to do it quickly … but that’s okay, I’m very happy to run in FR. I hope it starts soon, because it will mean that Italy has come out of the nightmare of this epidemic: it is the most important race which we are all participants in, a race that we absolutely cannot lose.”
The Formula Regional rules mean all competitors use a Tatuus F3 T-318 single-seater with carbon monocoque equipped with a 270 HP turbocharged Alfa Romeo engine.
Andrea Cola made his debut in the F2 Italian Trophy with a Formula Abarth single-seater, claiming 4 wins and 2 second places in just 6 races. It was just enough for him to end the season in second place in the category and in the under-26 ranking.
In 2017 he moved to Formula 3 and won the FIA-CEZ and AMF F3 championships, regaining the latter title in both 2018 and 2019, to give him the “triple” and he also won the Middle European F3 Championship. In the same year, 2017, he was by far the fastest driver of the season, lapping the Vallelunga circuit in 1:29.226. In August 2018 he set the new outright lap record at the Rijeka-Grobnik circuit in Croatia, beating the time set in 1988 by Keke Rosberg in a McLaren-Honda F1, setting a time of 1:19.03.
At the end of the season Andrea Cola was awarded most promising Italian driver by the listeners and readers of LiveGP.it, the first Italian web site dedicated to the world of motorsport.
In 2019 he won the ACI Racing Weekend Formula 3 Trophy and the TopJet F2000 Italian Trophy (overall and the Under 23 trophy) and, for the third consecutive time, the Austrian AMF championship.
This year, the young Roman pilot is again backed by Enterprise SpA, a leading company in its sector, which operates with its own products both on the national and international market, with particular attention to the EMEA area. In addition its headquarters in Rome, Enterprise has two Italian branches, in Milan and Turin, and an international headquarters in Dubai for its Middle East subsidiary.
This year he is also working in collaboration with Senesi Emanuele Giardini, a multifaceted greens company that specializes in the creation of every type of space including gardens and terraces, commercial greenery, and private parks up to the creation of technological greenery such as vertical walls and hanging gardens.