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.
|28.06.||Antonio Giovinazzi scores his third win of the season|
Antonio Giovinazzi (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) has won the 18th season race of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. In sunny conditions at the 2.300 kilometres long Norisring, the Italian already took the lead at the start and safely brought victory home.
|27.06.||Maximilian Günther wins Norisring thriller|
With a spectacular overtaking move, German Maximilian Günther (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) secured his maiden race win in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. The 17-year-old overtook three of his rivals at once and claimed his first win during his first participation at the 2.3 kilometres long Norisring. Alexander Albon (Signature) and Charles Leclerc (Van Amersfoort Racing) rounded out the podium. Monegasque Leclerc, who already scored a podium finish for the 13th time this season, was able to extend his lead in the drivers’ standings: he is now 54.5 points clear of his main rival Felix Rosenqvist (Prema Powerteam).
|27.06.||Leclerc wins in the rain and extends points’ lead|
This morning, the 2.300 kilometres long Norisring welcomed the drivers of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship with rain, but that didn’t trouble Charles Leclerc (Van Amersfoort Racing). In difficult conditions, the Monegasque rookie won from stalwarts Antonio Giovinazzi (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) and Felix Rosenqvist (Prema Powerteam).
|26.06.||A triple premiere for Albon at the Norisring|
Lotus Formula 1 junior driver Alexander Albon (Signature) dominated second qualifying of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship at the 2.300 kilometres long Norisring. For the junior driver from Thailand, who is racing at the Norisring in Nuremberg for the first time, it is a premiere: never before did he claim a pole position in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship.
|26.06.||Two rookies on the front row|
At the 2.300 kilometres long Norisring, rookie driver Charles Leclerc (Van Amersfoort Racing, 0:48.240 minutes) claimed his third pole position in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. Second place behind the 17-year-old Monegasque, who is currently leading the FIA Formula 3 European Championship drivers’ standings, went to German rookie Maximilian Günther (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport, 0:48.533 minutes).
|26.06.||Norisring novices Charles Leclerc and Alexander Albon on top|
Charles Leclerc (Van Amersfoort Racing, 0:48.704 minutes) will be competing in his first-ever races at the only 2.300 kilometres long Norisring this weekend, but the Monegasque had little trouble in getting used to the street circuit in Nuremberg.
|24.06.||The Norisring: venue of even more thrilling FIA F3 racing|
The three FIA Formula 3 European Championship rounds contested at Nuremberg’s Norisring represent the middle of the 2015 season that featured numerous tumultuous, action-packed races, to date.
|21.06.||Dennis continues strong performance and takes 4th season win|
British driver Jake Dennis (Prema Powerteam) won the 15th season race of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. At the 7.004 kilometres long Formula 1 circuit of Spa-Francorchamps, he finished ahead of the two rookie drivers Charles Leclerc (Van Amersfoort Racing) and George Russell (Carlin), who came second and third respectively.