Tiptree: Young Formula One hopeful Antonio Fuoco pays a visit to sponsors Wilkin & Sons

Antonio Fuoco Photo: Doug Blanks

Antonio Fuoco Photo: Doug Blanks - Credit: Picture by Doug Blanks - Makingn

World-famous jam-making firm Wilkin & Sons is hoping it can help make a young racing driver’s ambition to become a Formula One champion a reality.

The Tiptree company sponsors the Italian protege Antonio Fuoco, aged 17, who is one of only four drivers at the Ferrari Driver Academy.

Over the past year he has progressed through the ranks and in 2014 is due to compete in the European Formula Three championship for the first time.

Antonio recently visited Tiptree to meet staff and take a tour of the farm and jam factory. He was in the UK to improve his English after a busy and very successful season.

“We first heard about Antonio in a chance conversation on a railway platform at Kelvedon,” said joint managing director Ian Thurgood.

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“Not only is Antonio a hugely talented driver, he is reserved and totally focused on reaching the top in motor racing.

“He was contracted to Ferrari and we became sponsors when he was just 16 years old.

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“His championship-winning first season in single-seaters exceeded all expectations, culminating in a European F3 season in 2014.

“Antonio is based at the Ferrari site in Maranello and is one of four drivers currently undergoing training. Away from the race track he’s too young to have a driving licence to drive cars on the road.”

And, according to Mr Thurgood, the partnership isn’t just enabling a young man reach his goal, its helping the company secure its reputation in Italy.

He added: “Over the last 30 years, Italy has become one of the largest overseas markets for Tiptree preserves. Favourites include lemon curd and orange marmalade.”

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