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.
|22.12.||Michele Beretta secures Mücke seat|
|19.12.||Season review part 9: Eurointernational shines in the highlight |
Santino Ferrucci, Michele Beretta and Riccardo Agostini as well as the two guest drivers Sérgio Sette Câmara and Stefano Coletti represented the colours of the Italian Eurointernational squad, on this year’s FIA Formula 3 European Championship grid. The three regulars scored a total of 36 points, thus securing ninth position in the team championship, for their squad. The fourth place secured by the only 16 year old young-gun Ferrucci in the season highlight at the Norisring represented the team’s best race result in the 2014 season.
|17.12.||Season review part 8: Jo Zeller Racing successful with girl power|
Swiss Team Principal Jo Zeller relied on the services of Tatiana Calderón and Sandro Zeller, this year. The Colombian, the only female driver on the FIA Formula 3 European Championship grid, succeeded in demonstrating her talent several times and together with her Swiss team-mate, she secured eighth position in the 2014 team championship, for Jo Zeller Racing.
|15.12.||Gustavo Menezes the first Carlin driver for the 2015 season |
The year 2014 is not yet over but US-American Gustavo Menezes already has wrapped up his future by signing a deal for the coming FIA Formula 3 European Championship season. The 20-year old young gun with Brazilian roots will contest his second season on the grid of the planet’s most competitive young-driver series for the British Team Carlin.
|11.12.||Season review part 7: Fortec with solid season performance|
Fortec Motorsports started into the 2014 FIA Formula 3 European Championship season with the driver line-up Mitchell Gilbert / John Bryant-Meisner but both drivers left the team, during the course of the season.
|08.12.||Season review part 6: Team West-Tec F3 with a good debut|
For the first time in the squad’s history, Team West-Tec F3 competed in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, this year. And despite the fact that engineer Mick Kouros and driver Félix Serrallés were the only ones with a significant amount of Formula 3 experience under their belts the team did a good job and at Spa-Francorchamps, they even came close to making it to the podium.
|05.12.||DTM tests for FIA Formula 3 European Championship aces |
Numerous world-class racing drivers can confirm that a Formula 3 cockpit represents an important stepping stone to a career in the highest motor-racing categories. Now, some of this year’s best FIA Formula 3 European championship drivers were offered the chance of demonstrating their skills at the pinnacle of touring-car racing: in joint tests of the three premium-car manufacturers involved in DTM – Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz – the up-and-coming talents could test one of the 480bhp touring cars.
|04.12.||2015 FIA Formula 3 European Championship calendar published|
The world Automobile Association, FIA, has announced the dates for the 2015 FIA Formula 3 European Championship season. The tour of the planet’s best up-and-coming racing drivers will make stops all over Europe.