Alberto Colombo death Italian motorsports racing driver passed away

Italian racing driver Alberto Colombo
Italian racing driver Alberto Colombo passed away at 77.

 

The racing family is in mourning after the death of Italian racing driver, Alberto Colombo who passed away suddenly on January 7, 2024. Read on to know more about his death in detail.

Alberto Colombo passed away:

Alberto Colombo, the unlucky champion who cherished the F1 dream passed away at the age of 77. He was a member of the Merzario team. 

F1i.fr posted this sad news on social media in the following statement that reads,

Italian Formula 2 veteran Alberto Colombo (77), who unsuccessfully tried his luck in F1 in 1978, has just lost his last battle against illness: he was a passionate and warm driver. #F1

Tributes flooded social media after his sudden demise news broke out.

Who was Alberto Colombo?

Alberto was a talented Italian racer who was born on February 23, 1946. He was originally from Varedo, Lombardy, Colombo and was physically known for his enormous hair. 

In 1978, he made three unsuccessful attempts to compete in Formula One Grands Prix, failing to qualify twice for ATS and once for Merzario. He also had some success in Formula Two, and in 1974 he won the Italian Formula Three Championship.

He tried three times to qualify in Formula One with uncompetitive single-seaters but excelled in Formula Two, earning three podiums in the next years.

Racing career:

Alberto started his career in motorsports at the beginning of the 70s, in Formula Monza, ending up being Italian Formula 3 champion in 1974, before beginning a long career in Formula 2, starting in 1973, with the Sílvio Moser Racing Team, in a Surtees.

His first full-time season was in 1975, when he played for Trivellato Racing, in March, and his first podium came in 1977, a third place in Mugello, in a Euroracing March.

He participated in racing until 1980, when he was at Sanremo Racing, in a three-year-old March 782, and with a third place at Hockenheim. At the end of eight seasons, Colombo achieved 38 points, three podiums, and one fastest lap. 

He had considered starting his own Formula 1 team. Thus he became the owner of Sanremo Racing, a team that participated in the cadet series despite having little funding.

Alberto Colombo cause of death:

Alberto Colombo passed away following a protracted illness. In the final part of his career, he tried to set up a local project to build a chassis to take to Formula 1, the Riviera, but the project did not go beyond the initial phases.

For a long time, the Riviera was a fascinating mystery because it was a single-seater that had never been seen on the track.

After racing, he became team manager at Sanremo Racing and a driving instructor, discovering talents such as Gabriel.e Tarquini , who races in Formula 1 for Coloni, AGS, and Fondmetal, among others, before a long career in Touring.   

Tributes to Alberto:

Rodrigo Mattar tweeted,

#RIP Alberto Colombo. An Italian who did many F2 seasons and never managed to qualify for a GP (in the photo in Zolder, with ATS), he died today at the age of 78.

MinardiOfficial tweeted,

In these hours I learned the news of the passing of Alberto Colombo, driver and opponent in F2 in the 70s. Deepest condolences to the Gian Carlo Minardi family.

Jose Miguel Vinuesa tweeted,

Today, January 7, 2024, the Italian pilot Alberto Colombo died at the age of 77. Italian F3 champion in 1974, after some podiums in F2, he attempted the jump to F1 with ATS in 1978, not qualifying for the 3 GPs he attempted. Rest in peace.

Motorsport.com Italia tweeted,

#F1 | Goodbye to Alberto Colombo, the long-haired man who dreamed of the GPs

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