Last Updated on January 8, 2024, 9:55 am
Alberto Colombo Raced in Three Formula One Grand Prix and Won the Italian Formula Three Championship In 1974.
Alberto Colombo, a former Italian motorsports racer, passed away on Sunday, January 7, 2024, at 77. He unsuccessfully entered three Formula One Grand Prix in 1978 and won the 1974 Italian Formula Three Championship.
What happened to Alberto Colombo?
Alberto Colombo passed away on January 7, 2024, at the age of 77, after a brief illness. F1i.fr announced the sad news in a post on social media that read,
“Italian Formula 2 veteran Alberto Colombo (77), who unsuccessfully tried his luck in F1 in 1978, has just lost his battle against illness: he was a passionate and warm driver, #F1.”
The details of his unfortunate passing have not been made public. The nature of the illness which led to his tragic demise has not been mentioned. But it has left his fans and followers heartbroken across the globe nonetheless. Tributes have flooded social media after the news of his sudden departure was announced. Our thoughts and prayers are with family, friends, and fans during this incredibly challenging time.
Who was Alberto Colombo?
Alberto Colombo was an Italian racer born on February 23, 1946. He was initially from Varedo, Lombardy, Colombo was known for his voluminous hair. Alberto made three unsuccessful attempts to compete in the Formula One Grand Prix in 1978 but failed to qualify twice for ATS and once for Merzario. He had some luck in Formula Two and won the 1974 Italian Formula Three Championship.
He attempted three times to qualify for Formula One with uncompetitive single-seaters but succeeded in Formula Two, earning three podiums. He had considered starting his own Formula 1 team. He became the owner of Sanremo Racing, a team which participated in the cadet series despite having little funding. After racing, he became a team manager and a driving instructor at Sanremo Racing. He is credited with the discovery of Gabriel. e Tarquini, who races in Formula 1 for Coloni, AGS, Fondmetal, etc.
Alberto Colombo’s dream of Formula One remained unrealized. He passed away after a brief illness at the age of 77, leaving family and friends aggrieved and community and fans mourning. All those who had the privilege of knowing him will forever feel his absence.
We offer our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and fans. May he rest in peace.
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