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.
|04.09.||Pole positions for Alexander Albon and Felix Rosenqvist|
In an exciting second qualifying of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship at the 4.684 kilometres long Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, Alexander Albon (Signature) came out on top. The 19-year-old London-based Thai was 0.027 seconds faster than Felix Rosenqvist (Prema Powerteam), who is second on the grid.
|04.09.||Jake Dennis claims pole position from Nick Cassidy|
Jake Dennis (Prema Powerteam, 1:42.217 minutes) secured himself pole position for the premiere of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship in Portugal. Nick Cassidy (Prema Powerteam, 1:42.278 minutes) and Lance Stroll (Prema Powerteam, 1:42.328 minutes) followed the 20-year-old Brit in second and third place respectively to secure a clean sweep of the top three for Prema drivers.
|04.09.||Two Brits up front in Portimão free practice|
British driver Jake Dennis (Prema Powerteam, 1:42.101 minutes) set the fastest lap time in free practice of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship at the 4.684 kilometres long Autódromo Internacional do Algarve.
|03.09.||FIA Formula 3 European Championship to make its Portugal debut|
On the first weekend in September, the FIA Formula 3 European Championship is going to make its debut appearance in Portugal since the series’ revival in 2010. The 4.684-kilometre Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, located a few kilometres upcountry between Portimão and Lagos, will stage the next round of the three-way battle for the title.
|02.09.||Portimão day 2: Prema pairing the quickest, Russell third |
On the second day of the official FIA Formula 3 European Championship tests at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, Felix Rosenqvist (Prema Powerteam, 1:41.759 minutes) secured the top position on the time sheets. The Swede, currently second in the championship, was 0.161 seconds faster than his new team-mate, Nick Cassidy (1:41.920 minutes). George Russell (Carlin, 1:41.934 minutes) secured third place at the 4.652-kilometre rollercoaster located in the Algarve hinterlands, thus being the best rookie on day two. Sérgio Sette Câmara (Motopark, 1:41.990 minutes), Markus Pommer (Motopark, 1:41.993) and Callum Ilott (Carlin, 1:42.020) completed the top six.
|01.09.||Lance Stroll the quickest on day one in Portugal |
On the first day of testing at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, the FIA Formula 3 European Championship young guns were offered the chance of testing on two different track layouts and consequently, there were two different rankings, at the end of the day.
|29.08.||Two days of testing as prelude for the Portuguese premiere |
On the first weekend in September, the FIA Formula 3 European Championship is going to hold its first Portuguese race meeting since it was revived. To be able to prepare for this premiere staged by the 4.653-kilometre Autódromo Internacional do Algarve located not far from Portimão, the teams are offered two official days of testing, held next week on Tuesday and Wednesday.
|28.08.||Antonio Giovinazzi to make his DTM debut|
As the sports court of the German Motor Racing Association, DMSB, excluded Audi driver Timo Scheider from the DTM event at the Moscow Raceway for unsportsmanlike conduct, Audi lined up Antonio Giovinazzi, the current FIA Formula 3 European Championship leader, as replacement for the German.