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.
|12.02.||Pascal Wehrlein in Formula 1, Esteban Ocon in DTM|
Two further FIA Formula 3 European Championship graduates have made the step to the top level in motorsport: Pascal Wehrlein will be competing in Formula 1 for Manor Racing and Esteban Ocon has secured a DTM drive with Mercedes-Benz. Moreover, the Frenchman is the official replacement driver of the Renault Formula 1 team.
|11.02.||Formula 3 rookie driver Nikita Mazepin secures Formula 1 deal|
The Sahara Force India Formula 1 team has secured itself the services of talented Russian driver, Nikita Mazepin. The 16-year-old, who will be making his debut in this year’s FIA Formula 3 European Championship, will take up the duties of the development driver and will thus make his first steps at the top level in motorsport.
|09.02.||Nick Cassidy completes Prema Powerteam line-up|
New Zealander Nick Cassidy will compete for Prema Powerteam alongside Lance Stroll, Ralf Aron and Maximilian Günther in the 2016 FIA Formula 3 European Championship. The 21-year-old has already raced for the Italian outfit in 2015.
|09.02.||RAVENOL and FIA Formula 3 EC intensify partnership |
RAVENOL has been an official partner of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship since 2014. From the upcoming season, this partnership will be extended. Henceforth, the lubricant manufacturer from Eastern-Westfalia may refer to itself as the ‘Official Lubricant and Car Care Product Partner’ of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship.
|04.02.||Consolidating and developing the FIA racing ladder|
The training course for drivers in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, held in Paris yesterday was almost a curtain raiser for the 2016 season of championships run by the International Automobile Federation, open to youngsters hoping to make a career in motor sport.
|03.02.||Training course for FIA F3 European Championship drivers in Paris|
The Fédération Internationale de l\\\'Automobile has today gathered the young and hopeful drivers planning on competing in the 2016 FIA Formula 3 European Championship. From this year, it is mandatory for all participants taking part in the series to complete a one-day training course before climbing into the race car for the first time in 2016.
|02.02.||Lance Stroll just misses out on podium finish in Daytona debut|
Canadian Lance Stroll (Prema Powerteam) made his debut in the Daytona 24-hour race last weekend. The 17-year-old, who will be taking on his second season in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, was classified fifth after his first sports car race. Reigning FIA Formula 3 European Champion Felix Rosenqvist was less fortunate. His team retired before the Swede had turned a wheel in anger.
|02.02.||David Beckmann and Mikkel Jensen take on FIA F3 EC|
He is only 15 years old, but David Beckman already holds a contract to race in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship with the kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport team. Moreover, Mikkel Jensen has extended his contract for another year with kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport and intends to be a title contender in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship.