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.
|17.05.||Italian Antonio Giovinazzi wins Grand Prix de Pau|
In a thrilling Grand Prix de Pau, Antonio Giovinazzi (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) came out on top at the 2.76 kilometres long street circuit at the foot of the Pyrenees.
|16.05.||Dennis also takes victory in second race at Pau|
Jake Dennis (Prema Powerteam) also claimed victory in the second race at the 2.76 kilometres long street circuit in the city of Pau, marked by entertaining action.
|16.05.||Jake Dennis scores his maiden Formula 3 race win|
In the seventh FIA Formula 3 European Championship season race, nobody was faster than Jake Dennis (Prema Powerteam), who scored his maiden race win in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship in the streets of Pau.
|15.05.||Two further pole positions for Jake Dennis|
|15.05.||Hockenheim: Markus Pommer excluded from results|
A fortnight later, the fourth race of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship season at the Hockenheimring had an epilogue for Markus Pommer (Motopark). Analyses of the fuel samples revealed that his fuel in first qualifying did not match the submitted reference fuel.
|15.05.||Jakes Dennis makes his mark – Brit claims pole position|
At the 2.76 kilometres long street circuit of Pau in the south of France, British driver Jake Dennis (Prema Powerteam, 1:21.795 minutes) was unbeatable in first qualifying and claimed pole position for the seventh race of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship season.
|15.05.||Van Amersfoort Racing dominates Pau free practice|
The start of the third FIA Formula 3 European Championship race meeting turned into a special challenge for the 34 young drivers, because at times, heavy rain fell over the 2.76 kilometres long street circuit in Pau.
|14.05.||FIA F3 European Champion Esteban Ocon tests for Force India|
Esteban Ocon, the 2014 FIA Formula 3 European Champion, was offered a very special opportunity this week. The 18-year old Frenchman had the chance to test the Sahara Force India Team’s Formula 1 car for a day. And he delivered in fine style in the test held at Barcelona’s GP circuit.