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.
|17.09.||Santino Ferrucci switches to Fortec Motorsports|
Driver switch in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship: US-American Santino Ferrucci (Fortec Motorsports) leaves Team Eurointernational to contest the final two race meetings of the season (at Imola and Hockenheim) for Fortec Motorsports.
|14.09.||Marco Wittmann wraps up early 2014 DTM championship title|
Marco Wittmann used his first match point and already wrapped up the DTM title at the Lausitzring. Sixth place was enough for the German driver of the BMW Team RMG to be beyond reach for his opponents with two rounds remaining.
|11.09.||First Formula 1 test for Max Verstappen |
Just a few weeks after having signed a Formula 1 deal for the 2015 season, in mid-August, Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing) was offered the chance of testing the Formula 1 car of his new team, Scuderia Toro Rosso, for the first time.
|10.09.||Let’s meet... Wing Chung Chang|
Wing Chung Chang from Macau (Team West-Tec F3) made his FIA Formula 3 European Championship debut at the Nürburgring. In his first race, on a drying track, he opted for wets and succeeded in working his way up to fifth position – temporarily.
|03.09.||Let’s meet... Edward Jones|
Edward Jones (Carlin) already succeeded in securing two podiums, in his debut season on the FIA Formula 3 European Championship grid. But then, a back injury suffered in a race accident in Pau resulted in a forced break and he missed out on the races at the Hungaroring, Spa-Franchorchamps, the Norisring and the Moscow Raceway.
|28.08.||Neil Brown Engineering engine gets first laps in the lead|
ThreeBond with T-Sport was the only team to choose the Neil Brown Engineering power unit prior to the current FIA Formula 3 European Championship season. In changeable conditions at the Nürburgring, the Brits were able to rack up their first lap in the lead in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship.
|26.08.||Lucas Auer to get his next sports car outing|
Having acquired some initial experience with a sports prototype in last year’s FIA World Endurance Championship season finale at Bahrain, Austrian racing driver, Lucas Auer (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport), will get another sports car outing next month.
|19.08.||Max Verstappen signs Formula 1 deal for 2015|
Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing) makes another huge step on the motor-racing ladder and will race in Formula 1, next year. The Dutchman who currently holds second position in the 2014 FIA Formula 3 European Championship – his first year in car racing - will be 17 at the beginning of the 2015 season.