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.
|03.03.||Top-class media presence of the FIA F3 European Championship |
In 2014, the second FIA Formula 3 European Championship season, not only the competiveness level on the grid was once again increased. At the same time, the planet’s most competitive young-driver series also once again upped the ante regarding its media presence. The performances of the fast rookies such as Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam) and Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing) thrilled both the crowds on site and the TV audience with their exciting battles for points and positions against fast and well established drivers such as Tom Blomqvist (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) or Lucas Auer (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport). Now, following an interim report dealing with the period of time from November 2013 to August 2014 and published in October, 2014, the media data for the entire 2014 season are available.
|01.03.||Pietro Fittipaldi: A famous name to race for Fortec Motorsport|
Pietro Fittipaldi, grandson of two-time Formula 1 World Champion Emerson Fittipaldi, is going to contest the 2015 FIA Formula 3 European Championship season. The 18-year old Brazilian is going to race a Dallara-Mercedes for Team Fortec Motorsport. By doing so, he follows the footsteps of his grandfather and his uncle Christian Fittipaldi, thus representing the third generation of his family to contest Formula 3 races in Europe.
|28.02.||Team West-Tec F3 signs rookie Fabian Schiller|
British Team West-Tec F3 who made their FIA Formula 3 European Championship debut, last year, now succeeded in signing Fabian Schiller. By securing this deal, the 17-year follows the footsteps of Markus Pommer and Nicolas Pohler, thus becoming the third German on the 2015 FIA Formula 3 European Championship grid. For Schiller, the season kick-off at Silverstone, held on the second weekend in May, will be his debut appearance in the international championship.
|27.02.||Arjun Maini: Formula 3 debut with Van Amersfoort Racing|
By signing 17-year old Arjun Maini, Van Amersfoort Racing has completed their driver trio for the 2015 FIA Formula 3 European Championship season. The Indian finished runner-up in the 2014 British BRDC Formula 4, with the only one able to beat him in the battle for the title being George Russell, his team-mate last year. Russell also advanced to the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, for the 2015 season.
|25.02.||Fast girl racer Tatiana Calderón switches to Carlin |
In the 2014 FIA Formula 3 European Championship season, Tatiana Calderón delivered in convincing style and in the end, the only woman on the grid of the series had scored a total of 29 points and finished 15th in the Championship. Now, the Colombian is going to contest her third season on the grid of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship and represent the colours of British Team Carlin, this year.
|24.02.||Motopark-Cockpit for Sérgio Sette Câmara|
Having already signed Scotland’s Sam MacLeod, the German Markus Pommer and India’s Mahaveer Raghunathan, FIA Formula 3 European Championship newcomers Motopark now announced that Brazilian Sérgio Sette Câmara also is going to contest the 2015 season for the German squad.
|23.02.||Felix Rosenqvist makes another title assault|
Sweden’s Felix Rosenqvist will make another effort to win the FIA Formula 3 European Championship title, this year. To do so, the 23-year old who already won the Masters of Formula 3 and the Macau Grand Prix joined the Prema Powerteam.
|20.02.||Brandon Maisano lands third Prema seat|
Prema Powerteam, the outfit that won last year’s FIA Formula 3 European Championship title with Esteban Ocon, will again be running a car for a French driver this season. 21-year-old Brandon Maisano secured one of the Dallara-Mercedes cars of the Italian team and will be competing in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, together with Jake Dennis and Lance Stroll, his team-mates who have been confirmed so far.