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.
|27.11.||Abu Dhabi: Three Formula 3 young-guns test Formula 1 cars |
The 2014 Formula 1 season ended this Sunday but for the teams, the work continued straight away. Following the season finale in Abu Dhabi they tested for two days at the same venue and invited three Formula 3 European Championship young-guns to the tests.
|25.11.||Season review part 4: 10 race wins for Van Amersfoort Racing|
For the squad of Frits van Amersfoort, Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing) represented a true lucky find as the rookie had what it took to shine right from the start. Meanwhile, his team-mates, Jules Szymkowiak and Gustavo Menezes, also were able to demonstrate the big potential of the only Dutch team on the FIA Formula 3 European Championship grid.
|22.11.||Esteban Ocon completes his first free practice in Formula 1|
For the first time in his still young career, Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam) was allowed to take part in an official Formula 1 event. At Abu Dhabi, the young Frenchman, the winner of this year’s FIA Formula 3 European Championship title, ran in first free practice for the Lotus F1 team and showed a good performance.
|20.11.||Esteban Ocon to compete in the Race of Champions|
Having contested his two tests at the pinnacle of motor racing for the Lotus F1 Team and the Scuderia Ferrari, Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam) now may look forward to the next highlight on his calendar: the reigning FIA Formula 3 European Champion was invited by the Race of Champions (ROC) organisers to participate in this year’s edition of the tradition-rich event and accepted the invitation.
|18.11.||Jake Dennis joins the Prema Powerteam|
Just a few weeks have gone by since the 2014 FIA Formula 3 European Championship season finale but the preparations for 2015 already are running at high speed. Now, Prema Powerteam signed its first driver for the coming season: Jake Dennis. The Briton switches from Carlin to the Italian squad that helped Esteban Ocon securing the 2014 drivers’ title.
|16.11.||Felix Rosenqvist masters Macau|
His year in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship may not have brought entirely what he had hoped for, but Felix Rosenqvist (Kashbet.com by Mücke Motorsport) still concluded the season in style by winning the 61th running of the prestigious Suncity Group Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix. In a 15-lap race that was interrupted following a pile-up on the opening lap, Rosenqvist made most of his pole position, steered clear of any problems and led all the way from lights to flag.
|15.11.||Felix Rosenqvist wins Macau Grand Prix qualifying race|
Felix Rosenqvist (Kashbet.com by Mücke Motorsport) made the best of his pole position by winning the ten-lap qualifying race for the Suncity Group Macau Grand Prix. In a race that ran behind the safety car for three laps, the 23-year-old Swede won from his Austrian team-mate Lucas Auer (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport). Tom Blomqvist (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) finished third with the reigning FIA Formula 3 European Champion, Esteban Ocon (SJM Theodore Racing by Prema) rounding out the top four.
|14.11.||Felix Rosenqvist claims pole position for Macau qualifying race|
Felix Rosenqvist (Kashbet.com by Mücke Motorsport, 2:11.506 minutes) will be starting from pole position for tomorrow’s ten lap qualifying race for the 61st running of the Macau Grand Prix. In second qualifying, in which 17 of the first 20 drivers managed to set faster lap times than in yesterday’s first qualifying session, Rosenqvist moved up from his ninth place after yesterday’s session to the top of the time sheets and thus claimed pole position for the Macau qualifying race.