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.
|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.
|17.08.||Lucas Auer claims the winner’s trophy at the Nürburgring|
Lucas Auer (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) became the winner of the 27th season race of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship.
|17.08.||Antonio Giovinazzi wins from Tom Blomqvist|
At the 3.629 kilometres long Nürburgring, Antonio Giovinazzi (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) celebrated his second FIA Formula 3 European Championship of the season.
|17.08.||A pair of pole positions for Tom Blomqvist in the Eifel|
In second qualifying of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship at the 3.629 kilometres long Nürburgring sprint circuit, delayed by one day, Tom Blomqvist (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) came out on top.
|16.08.||Second qualifying postponed to Sunday|
Due to damage to the Armco barriers, second qualifying of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship had to be postponed from Saturday evening to Sunday morning.
|16.08.||Eighth win of the season for rookie Max Verstappen|
Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing) had a perfect start as a Red Bull Junior Team member: at the Nürburgring, the 16-year-old won his first outing in the colours of the Austrian Formula 1 World Championship-winning team.
|15.08.||Max Verstappen unbeatable in the rain|
In qualifying for the 25th season race of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing, 1:37.036 minutes) came out on top and claimed pole position on a rain-soaked track.