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.
|24.04.||Let’s meet... Max Verstappen|
Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing) secured the CIK-FIA Karting World Championship title, last year – to afterwards advance to the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, for the 2014 season.
|22.04.||Let’s meet... Esteban Ocon|
Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam) already succeeded in impressing in his Formula 3 debut in Macau 2013 by securing a top-10 result and now, he is about to contest the full 2014 FIA Formula 3 European Championship season.
|20.04.||Rookie drivers lock out Silverstone podium|
The 5.891 kilometres long Formula 1 circuit at Silverstone in the UK seems to suit the rookie drivers in this year’s FIA Formula 3 European Championship in particular. 17-year-old Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam) already having won the second race of the season, his team-mate of the same age, Antonio Fuoco (Prema Powerteam) clinched the winner’s trophy after the third race.
|19.04.||Rookie driver Esteban Ocon secures maiden Formula 3 race win |
|19.04.||Tom Blomqvist wins home race at Silverstone|
Tom Blomqvist (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) made a splendid start into the new FIA Formula 3 European Championship season: the 20-year-old Brit won the first race of the year from the best-placed rookie, Lotus F1 junior driver Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam) and Jordan King (Carlin).
|18.04.||Rookie Ocon claims a pair of pole positions at Silverstone|
Tom Blomqvist (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) and Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam) secured themselves the pole positions for the FIA Formula 3 European Championship season opener at the 5.891 kilometres long Formula 1 circuit at Silverstone in the UK.
|18.04.||Three rookies lead the way in free practice|
The FIA Formula 3 European Championship is starting into its new season at Silverstone this weekend. Rookie drivers Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing, 1:51.716 minutes), Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam, 1:51.798 minutes) and Antonio Fuoco (Prema Powerteam, 1:51.863 minutes) got their weekends off to the best start by ending up in first to third place.
|18.04.||Signature will not participate in the season opener|
The French team just announced that Tatiana Calderón will not start for Signature at Silverstone. The young Colombian driver will have the chance to race a car entered by Jo Zeller Racing instead.