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.
|26.11.||FIA announces nominees for 2015 Action of the Year award|
For the 2015 FIA Action of the Year award, motor sport fans around the world can watch and vote for their favourite action from the FIA\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s Championships this year. The clip nominated for FIA F3 European Championship competes against videos from Formula 1, WRC, ERC, WEC, WTCC, World RX, Formula E and Karting.
|24.11.||Season review: Carlin|
The British Carlin squad contested the 2015 FIA Formula 3 European Championship season with three Dallara-Volkswagen single-seaters that were raced by the two rookies George Russell and Callum Ilott as well as Tatiana Calderón. With a race win, 17-year old Briton George Russell secured the team’s best result.
|22.11.||Super Swede: Felix Rosenqvist doubles up in Macau|
Felix Rosenqvist (SJM Theodore Racing by Prema Powerteam) crowned an already great season, in which he won the FIA Formula 3 European Championship title, in perfect style by winning the Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix – FIA Formula 3 Intercontinental Cup. With victory in the race, covering 15 laps of the 6.120 kilometres long Guia Circuit on the streets of Macau, Rosenqvist doubled up after his success from the previous year, becoming only the second back-to-back Macau Grand Prix winner in the Formula 3 era after Edoardo Mortara in 2009/2010. “It gets better every time, I guess,” Rosenqvist said after the finish. The best-placed Macau rookie, Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc (Van Amersfoort Racing) shone with some spectacular overtaking manoeuvres and also led the race, but eventually had to make do with second place. Brit Alexander Sims (Double R Racing) finished in third place.
|21.11.||First job completed: Felix Rosenqvist wins qualification race|
Felix Rosenqvist (SJM Theodore Racing by Prema Powerteam) has made the first step towards his goal for this weekend of winning the FIA Formula 3 Intercontinental Cup in Macau for the second consecutive time. In the qualification race on Saturday afternoon, covering a distance of ten laps of the 6.120 kilometres long Guia street circuit in Macau, the Swede was second across the line, but was handed victory as Italian Antonio Giovinazzi (Carlin with LC8.com) incurred a 20 seconds’ time penalty as a drive-through substitute for having caused a collision on the opening lap.
|20.11.||Felix Rosenqvist claims pole for Macau qualification race|
Repeating his pole-winning performance from last year, Felix Rosenqvist (SJM Theodore Racing by Prema Powerteam, 2:10.474 minutes) ended up fastest in qualifying for the Macau Grand Prix – FIA Formula 3 Intercontinental Cup. With a time of 2:10.474 minutes, the Swede, defending Macau champion, set the fastest time of the weekend so far around the 6.120 kilometres long Guia street circuit in Macau.
|19.11.||Rosenqvist tops the time sheets of first Qualifying|
28 drivers with 18 different nationalities, representing 13 teams from seven countries, with four different engine brands have assembled in Macau for this weekend’s FIA Formula 3 Intercontinental Cup, the undisputed highlight of the 62nd running of the Macau Grand Prix weekend.
|17.11.||Macau GP grid features a big proportion of FIA F3 EC drivers|
The FIA Formula 3 European Championship will be represented by 23 drivers on the Macau GP grid. One of them is the new FIA Formula 3 European Champion, Felix Rosenqvist (SJM Theodore Racing by Prema Powerteam), who already won the 2014 edition of the prestigious event. The most important Formula 3 race in the world will be contested on 22nd November in the former Portuguese colony Macau, located a one-hour ferry trip from Hong Kong.
|12.11.||Pedro Piquet signs deal with Van Amersfoort Racing|
Van Amersfoort Racing announced to have signed their first driver for the 2016 FIA Formula 3 European Championship season: 17-year old Brazilian Pedro Piquet. Before making the switch, the youngest son of three-time Formula 1 World Champion Nelson Piquet won the Brazilian Formula 3 Championship in two consecutive seasons.