Italian drivers hoping for hometown success

Two Italian drivers will chasing their first home base victory on Sunday

Two Italian drivers with 12 wins between them will chasing their first victory on home waters in the tenth annual Grand Prix of Italy on Lake Como on Sunday (July 16).
Francesco Cantando, the 30 year old native of Milan, has achieved 11 wins in his ten year career on the World Formula 1 Championship but has never won in his native Italy.
“I’ve come so close so many times but have never won in Italy”, says Francesco. “It would be something special if I had success here in Como. I did a great job last season starting 21st and finishing 4th but this time I hope to start closer to the front. We will see”.
The other Italian driver is Fabio Comparato, who won at the Grand Prix of Malaysia in 2004, has scored dozens of podium places but no wins in Italy.
“We want to prove we can win in both Europe and around the world, not just in Asia”, stated Fabio. “We’ve done our homework and are ready for this weekend’s race”.
Twenty eight drivers from 14 different countries are ready to challenge the seven turn, 2.1 kilometer course on the city’s harbour-side for this third round of the 2006 World Championship tour. American Scott Gillman currently leads the championship with 30 points from two second placings and is now hoping for his first ever Grand Prix of Italy win in Como. He dropped out of last year’s race as he led the fleet with an 11 second margin. This time the native of Los Angeles hopes luck will be with him on Sunday.