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.
|02.08.||Hollywood stars witness victory by Antonio Giovinazzi|
Heavy rain at the 4.326 kilometres long Red Bull Ring dominated proceedings in the 24th season race of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship.
|01.08.||Felix Rosenqvist wins – Lance Stroll takes first podium|
In the first race of the weekend, Felix Rosenqvist (Prema Powerteam) was still beaten by his team-mate Jake Dennis (Prema Powerteam), but he came out on top in the second race at the 4.326 kilometres long Red Bull Ring.
|01.08.||Jake Dennis stays in front after thrilling finale|
In summerly temperatures at the 4.326 kilometres long Red Bull Ring, 20-year-old Brit Jake Dennis (Prema Powerteam) scored his fifth season win in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship.
|31.07.||Rosenqvist and Giovinazzi share pole positions|
Felix Rosenqvist (Prema Powerteam) was fastest in second qualifying of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship at the 4.326 kilometres long Red Bull Ring.
|31.07.||Prema drivers dominate Red Bull Ring qualifying|
Felix Rosenqvist (Prema Powerteam, 1:24.510 minutes) came out on top in first qualifying at the 4.326 kilometres long Red Bull Ring and secured his ninth pole position in the 2015 FIA Formula 3 European Championship.
|31.07.||Felix Rosenqvist beats rookie Charles Leclerc|
In bright sunshine, the 34 young drivers of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship started the eighth weekend of their season with free practice.
|29.07.||FIA F3 EC: more thrilling battles at the Red Bull Ring|
Shortly before the FIA Formula 3 European Championship summer break, the young guns travel to the Austrian Alps. At the Red Bull Ring, located about 80 kilometres from Graz, they will contests races 22, 23 and 24 of the 2015 season. At the GP circuit that was re-opened in May 2011, Antonio Giovinazzi (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) wants to defend the championship lead he regained only in the previous race meeting.
|28.07.||Lance Stroll excluded from results of race three in Monza|
Following the ruling of the International Court of Appeal, Lance Stroll (Prema Powerteam) has been excluded from race number three in Monza, which took place on May 31st.