Alberto Colombo

Born:
23rd February 1946 (Age 73)
Varedo, Lombardy
Nationality:
Italian
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

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.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1980 European F2 Championship
Sanremo Racing
12 0 1 0
0% win rate
10th 9
1980 Aurora AFX British F1 Championship
Sanremo Racing
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1979 European F2 Championship
Sanremo Racing
12 0 1 0
0% win rate
13th 8
1978 F1 World Championship
ATS Racing Team
Team Merzario
0 (3) 0 0 0 0
1978 European F2 Championship
Sanremo Racing
11 0 0 0
0% win rate
8th 11
1977 European F2 Championship
AFMP Euroracing
13 0 1 0
0% win rate
7th 18
1976 European F2 Championship
Alberto Colombo
Delta Squadra Corse
12 0 0 0
0% win rate
17th 1
1975 European F2 Championship
Trivellato Racing Team
12 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
26th 1
1974 European F2 Championship
Vittorio Brambilla
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1974 Italian F3 Championship 1st -
1973 European F2 Championship
Silvio Moser Racing Team
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0