28.10.2013. British Formula One racing driver Lewis Hamilton is the 2008 Formula One World Champion, currently racing for Mercedes AMG Petronas. Some years ago, in 2005, Hamilton won the Formula 3 Euro Series title. His competitors in that year were none other than Paul Di Resta, Adrian Sutil, Giedo van der Garde and Sebastian Vettel. Not less than 17 drivers of the 2013 line up of the F1 honed their skills in Formula 3. At Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg Lewis Hamilton paid a visit to the FIA Formula 3 European Championship season finale. The 2005 Formula 3 Euro Series Champion took his time to answer our questions.
What makes Formula 3 so special and what are the important things a young driver needs to extract from the series in your opinion?
The cars were just great. I don’t know how the cars will feel today but I am sure even better than when I raced in F3. When I drove the cars it was just raw racing. Most of the drivers can get really technical with the car in terms of set-up, ride height, cambers and this kind of things. For me Formula 3 was the time when I learned all this stuff. Formula 3 is just the best school for Formula 1.
You won the title in 2005, how much did you enjoy the time?
That was cool. I had a difficult year in 2004. The car was pretty bad, most so the set-up. When I got to 2005 I had a really strong group of people who I worked with. They were very much like my Formula 1 engineers I have now. In terms of understanding what a car needs, what a driver needs and what I am saying they could turn it into set-up. So we achieved to win 15 or 16 of the 20 races.
|30.10.||Another dose of Formula 1 experience for Esteban Ocon|
A week after having enjoyed his first taste of Formula 1 and convincing during his first outing in a Formula 1 car, the new FIA Formula 3 European Champion Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam) got back behind the wheel of an F1 racer.
|28.10.||Season review part 1: Prema Powerteam clinches all the titles|
As defending drivers’ and team champions, Prema Powerteam entered the 2014 FIA Formula 3 European Championship season as favourites and met the expectations: Prema driver Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam), a rookie, secured the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, won the rookie title – and together with his team-mates Antonio Fuoco, Nicholas Latifi and Dennis van de Laar he helped his team to also prevail in the team championship.
|24.10.||Esteban Ocon and Roy Nissany get their first taste of Formula 1|
Less than a week has gone by since the FIA Formula 3 European Championship season finale and already now, the first of the young F3 drivers have been offered the chance of demonstrating their skills at the wheel of Formula 1 vehicles.
|19.10.||Auer wins final race of 2014|
Lucas Auer (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) concluded his second year in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship with his third victory of the season.
|18.10.||A lights-to-flag victory for Tom Blomqvist|
With his sixth race win of the season in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, Tom Blomqvist (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) moved up to second place in the drivers’ standings.
|18.10.||Max Verstappen wins, Prema Powerteam team champions|
With his tenth victory of the season, Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort) extended his margin from rival Tom Blomqvist (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin). In the battle for runner-up spot in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship drivers’ standings, Verstappen is now in front with a margin of 13 points.
|17.10.||A pair of pole positions for Tom Blomqvist|
Tom Blomqvist (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) got himself into a good position for the battle for second place in the final drivers’ standings.
|17.10.||Max Verstappen claims pole position at Hockenheim|
Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing, 1:32.002 minutes) set the fastest time in first qualifying and thus claimed pole position for the 31st season race of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship.