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.
|07.03.||Double R names Guimaraes as first signing|
Double R Racing announces its continued participation in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship this year, naming Brazilian youngster Felipe Guimaraes as its maiden signing for the globe’s biggest F3 category.
|07.03.||Felix Rosenqvist to remain in Formula 3 for 2014|
Felix Rosenqvist will be given another shot at winning the coveted FIA Formula 3 European Championship title, with the 2013 runner-up having extended his deal with German outfit kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport for the upcoming season.
|07.03.||“Full House” in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship|
The FIA Formula 3 European Championship is the first junior single-seater series to return to action after the winter break, and does so with a packed grid for the 2014 season. In total, 30 outstanding young drivers and twelve teams will be competing for the coveted FIA Formula 3 European Championship title and will be racing at the highest level. All these young drivers have one clear goal: making it into Formula 1. Talents from 17 countries, including eight rookie drivers, will be competing for valuable championship points during eleven race weekends in 2014. At prestigious Formula 1 tracks and demanding street circuits, 33 races will be held all over Europe at meetings shared with international top-class series.
|06.03.||Colombia time for Signature F3!|
Having announced a few weeks ago that Signature would be returning to the extremely competitive FIA Formula 3 European Championship, today sees another young driver from Colombia, Tatiana Calderon, join Philippe Sinault’s team. The Signature Team Principal will entrust her with one of his Dallara F314 Renault cars. Tatiana Calderon is 20 years old, and after claiming her first single-seater victory in Sebring this winter, during the Florida Winter Series, she is more than ready to do battle with her male rivals.
|05.03.||Beretta and Ferrucci complete Eurointernational trio|
A few weeks ago, Eurointernational confirmed Riccardo Agostini as first driver for the 2014 FIA Formula 3 European Championship season and now, the Italian squad announced the signing of the competitive young guns Michele Beretta and Santino Ferrucci.
|05.03.||Official days of testing|
In 44 days, the FIA Formula 3 European Championship will kick off its new season at Silverstone. With 11 events and 33 races in eight countries respectively, the introduction of new technical regulations and the new engines, the 2014 season highlights the beginning of a new era.
|04.03.||Max Verstappen debuts with Van Amersfoort Racing|
Max Verstappen will take on the 2014 FIA Formula 3 European Championship with Van Amersfoort Racing. In his first full year in motor sport, the 16-year-old talent will become part of the famous racing history and pedigree of the experienced Dutch team. With this collaboration, Verstappen junior will follow in his father\'s footsteps, as Jos Verstappen, driving for Van Amersfoort, clinched the Formula Opel Lotus Benelux championship in 1992.
|04.03.||Let’s meet... Dennis van de Laar|
Dennis van de Laar (Prema Powerteam) is going to contest his second FIA Formula 3 European Championship season, this year. The Dutchman who raced for Van Amersfoort Racing, in 2013, has set himself the goal to secure his first podiums, in the coming season.