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.
|04.12.||2014 calendar: Formula 3’s grand European tour! |
The 11-round calendar of the 2014 FIA Formula 3 European Championship will take the talented young guns in eight countries. In addition to the races organized this season in Great Britain, Germany, Austria and Italy, it will also take teams to France, Belgium, Hungary and Russia.
|28.11.||Jordan King the best Formula 3 rookie |
Briton Jordan King (Carlin) finished sixth in the 2013 FIA Formula 3 European Championship, thus proving to be the best Formula 3 rookie. In his debut season, the 19-year-old secured two podiums.
|26.11.||Team West-Tec F3 joins FIA Formula 3 European Championship|
Team West-Tec F3 will make the step up to the global pinnacle of Formula 3 motor racing in 2014, having established a new arm to compete in the prestigious FIA Formula 3 European Championship utilizing engines for Mercedes-Benz alongside chassis from Dallara.
|25.11.||Sven Müller new ‘Porsche-Junior’|
Sven Müller is going to contest the 2014 Porsche Carrera Cup Germany season as new ‘Porsche Junior’. In a challenging, multi-step selection procedure, the 21-year-old prevailed against young drivers from all over the world.
|22.11.||DTM test for F3 talents|
Premium-car manufacturer Audi has given eight young talents the opportunity to gather experience in the cockpit of an Audi A4 DTM at a scouting event.
|22.11.||Marciello sets new record at Motorland Aragon|
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|17.11.||Alex Lynn hits the jackpot in Macau|
British driver Alex Lynn (Theodore Racing by Prema) won in the prestigious Macau GP and celebrated the most important success of his career to date in the former Portuguese colony.
|16.11.||Alex Lynn wins Macau qualification race|
British driver, Alex Lynn (Theodore Racing by Prema) was unbeatable in the qualification race for the Macau GP. The third-placed in the final standings of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship crossed the finish line 2.411 seconds ahead of his main rival, Felix Rosenqvist (GR Asia with Mücke) and thus claimed the best possible starting grid position for tomorrow’s ‘FIA Formula 3 Intercontinental Cup’.