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.
|30.01.||Lucas Auer graduates into the DTM|
For two years, Lucas Auer shone in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. Now, the 20-year-old is rewarded for his performance: he graduates into the DTM and will become a member of the Mercedes-Benz line-up for the upcoming season.
|27.01.||No luck for Gustavo Menezes in Daytona 24 Hours|
American Gustavo Menezes (Carlin), who will be taking on his second FIA Formula 3 European Championship season in 2015, competed in the Daytona 24-hour race last weekend. Together with his team-mates Chris Cumming, Bruno Junqueira and Jack Hawksworth, he wasn’t particularly lucky as he retired after almost 20 hours due to a technical problem. The quartet was still classified in 36th place.
|23.01.||Signature to run Lotus F1 junior drivers Boccolacci and Albon|
18-year-old Alexander Albon from Thailand and Frenchman Dorian Boccolacci, by two years his junior, will be making their debut in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship behind the wheel of a Dallara-Volkswagen of the Signature team at Silverstone in April. Thus, French team Signature will be running two junior drivers of the Lotus F1 team in the 2015 Formula 3 European Championship.
|22.01.||Antonio Giovinazzi remains loyal to Jagonya Ayam with Carlin|
Italian Antonio Giovinazzi will add another year in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship and has his goal set on the title for this season. To achieve this, the 21-year-old extended his contract with the Jagonya Ayam with Carlin team, for which he already raced last year.
|20.01.||Alessio Lorandi follows in Max Verstappen’s footsteps|
Like it did with Max Verstappen in 2014, Van Amersfoort Racing is relying on a talented go-kart graduate this year as well: Italian Alessio Lorandi, only 16 years old, will be competing in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship with the Dutch team. Prior to Lorandi, team principal Frits van Amersfoort already signed Monegasque rookie driver Charles Leclerc.
|19.01.||Ryan Tveter: Another US-American to contest the FIA F3|
Having already signed the talents Gustavo Menezes and George Russell, Carlin now also secured the services of 20-year old US-American Ryan Tveter. Together with Menezes, he will form a two-man US-team in the Carlin camp.
|16.01.||Charles Leclerc signs Van Amersfoort Racing deal|
17-year old Charles Leclerc, the 2014 Formula Renault 2.0 Alps Vice-Champion, is going to contest the coming FIA Formula 3 European Championship season. The Monegascque will make his debut in the planet’s most competitive young-talent series with the Dutch team Van Amersfoort Racing.
|15.01.||FIA F3 EC teams submitted their pre-registration|
In a few weeks time, the FIA Formula 3 European Championship is going to kick off its 2015 season and the response in the run-up has been outstanding.