It is often said in racing circles that continuity is a good thing for success, and Venezuelan Formula Three pilot Ernesto Viso is certainly hoping so, having re-signed with the P-1 Motorsport team that took him to this year's British Scholarship Class title.

The 18-year old has tested with several rival outfits since the 2003 season ended - and raced with Carlin Motorsport and Promatecme in the end-of-year events in Cagliari, Macau and Korea - but has decided to stick with what he knows for 2004 by inking a new deal with Roly Vincini's squad for his graduation to the Championship category.

P-1 ran Canadian Billy Asaro during the latter half of the 2003 campaign and, in the final few races of the year, began to achieve some promising results with the Dallara-Mugen similar to that which Viso will pilot next season.

"I trust in the ability of P-1," Viso admitted, "This year, we won the title in the Scholarship Class, and now we will seek the overall crown. Of course, that will not be simple, as we will face powerful opposition from the likes of Carlin, Hitech and Piquet Sports, but I have absolute confidence in the development being carried out by Roly back in England.

The young Venezuelan prospect was hotly tipped to fill one of the cars being entered by reigning champions Carlin, where he would have run as part of an international line-up already featuring Monegasque Clivio Piccione, Portugal's Alvaro Parente and Brazilian Danilo Dirani, but he declined what was an enticing proposal from team boss Trevor Carlin.

"Although the most logical option may have been to go with an experienced team such as Carlin or Hitech, I am convinced that P-1 will be able to go for victory from the first round - and will be working very hard to achieve that," Viso insisted, "Now, the key thing will be to find a competitive team-mate, who will serve both as a point of reference and motivation to improve my performance. "

In addition to the overtures from Carlin, Viso also received an invitation to try out with the TOM?s Toyota team - the leading force in the Japanese F3 Championship - while he was out East for the Macau Grand Prix.

"I waited several weeks to select the team that I wanted to run with the next year, because we expected a final answer from Japan, where we had another very interesting proposal," he explained, "But, eventually, we opted to remain in England which is, without doubt, still the most competitive championship of all."

Viso also revealed that he had had the chance to graduate to the FIA F3000 Championship, but turned it down for a number of reasons.

"We considered that it was too early to move up," he explained, "and, besides, the category is too expensive at the moment. Right now, I still need to complete the budget for Formula Three, although there are some sponsors with whom we are still negotiating. We will do 24 races in England, all of which will be shown on television, while we will also carry out a lot of testing, which will increase the cost."

Although the British schedule is quite busy - with twelve double-header rounds spread throughout the summer - Viso hopes to be able to contest certain F3 Euroseries events in order to get to know some foreign circuits.

 

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