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.
|12.04.||Charles Leclerc opens his winning account at Silverstone |
Charles Leclerc (Van Amersfoort Racing) is the winner of the third FIA Formula 3 European Championship season race. Thus, the 17-year-old Monegasque became the second rookie driver to win a race at the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit this weekend, with George Russell (Carlin) having won the second race the day before.
|11.04.||Rookie driver George Russell claims maiden Formula 3 race win|
Having only just missed out on a podium finish by finishing fourth in the first FIA Formula 3 European Championship race of the season, George Russell (Carlin) made it onto the top step of the podium a few hours later.
|11.04.||Felix Rosenqvist starts off the new season with victory|
Conditions were anything but easy for the 35 drivers in the first race of the season of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship at the 5.901 kilometres long Silverstone Grand Prix circuit. On a drying track, Felix Rosenqvist (Prema Powerteam) turned out to be unbeatable.
|11.04.||Results of Felix Rosenqvist’s second Qualifying Session deleted|
Felix Rosenqvist’s (Prema Powerteam) excitement about his fastest times achieved in the second Qualifying lasted only briefly, as the Swede’s results were deleted from the time sheets due to the fact that the dimensions of his Dallara’s bodywork was not in conformity with the Technical Regulations.
|10.04.||Felix Rosenqvist three times on pole position|
Also in second qualifying of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship at the 5.901 kilometres long Silverstone Grand Prix circuit, nobody was faster than Felix Rosenqvist (Prema Powerteam). The Swede, who had already set the fastest time in first qualifying, was 0.061 seconds faster than the best-placed rookie, Charles Leclerc.
|10.04.||Felix Rosenqvist claims first pole position of the year|
Swede Felix Rosenqvist (Prema Powerteam, 1:51.007 minutes) claimed the first pole position of the new FIA Formula 3 European Championship season.
|10.04.||Brandon Maïsano the first driver to set a fastest time this year|
Brandon Maïsano (Prema Powerteam, 1:51.677 minutes) set the first fastest time of the new FIA Formula 3 European Championship season. At the 5.901 kilometres long Silverstone Grand Prix circuit, the Frenchman was 0,066 seconds faster than his team-mate Felix Rosenqvist (Prema Powerteam, 1:51.743 minutes).
|09.04.||Cooperation with Eurosport extended|
In 2014, Eurosport successfully launched the magazine dealing with the FIA Formula 3 European Championship and now, the mag is going to enter its second season. In the 30-minute programme that is broadcasted two days after the respective race weekend, Eurosport does not only cover every single race of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship but also provides interesting glances behind the curtains of the planet’s most competitive young-driver series.