08.04.2013. Driver swap in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship: following Pascal Wehrlein’s (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) advancement to DTM, Michael Lewis is going to race the German’s Dallara-Mercedes entered by kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport from the coming race weekend at Silverstone.
Last year, US-American Michael Lewis raced for the Italian Prema Powerteam and finished eight in the championship. Now, the 22-year old who also contested the 2011 Italian Formula 3 Championship for Prema and finished the season as vice-champion is going to enter the Formula 3 European Championship on the second race weekend of the year. During the season kick-off, the economic-sciences student had to accept the spectator role but said: “I’m working hard on getting back behind the wheel as fast as possible. After all, I shouldn’t miss too many races if I want to become a factor in the battle for the title and the top positions.”
At Mücke, Lewis replaces Pascal Wehrlein who was informed just short before the season kick-off that he was nominated for the Mercedes-Benz DTM squad. So, the three races at Monza represented his Formula 3 European Championship farewell appearance. Following a race win and two second places, the vice-champion and best rookie of the 2012 Formula 3 Euro Series season left the most competitive young-driver series of the world as second-placed driver in the championship.
“I just can’t wait for getting back into the cockpit and contesting the second FIA Formula 3 European Championship race weekend at Silverstone,” revealed Michael Lewis who is determined to score his first points, at the tradition-rich British circuit. “It’s really exciting to be back racing, this weekend, and I will give my very best. At the same time, I’d like to thank Team kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport and Mercedes-Benz for having offered me this opportunity.”
|12.04.||Charles Leclerc opens his winning account at Silverstone |
Charles Leclerc (Van Amersfoort Racing) is the winner of the third FIA Formula 3 European Championship season race. Thus, the 17-year-old Monegasque became the second rookie driver to win a race at the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit this weekend, with George Russell (Carlin) having won the second race the day before.
|11.04.||Rookie driver George Russell claims maiden Formula 3 race win|
Having only just missed out on a podium finish by finishing fourth in the first FIA Formula 3 European Championship race of the season, George Russell (Carlin) made it onto the top step of the podium a few hours later.
|11.04.||Felix Rosenqvist starts off the new season with victory|
Conditions were anything but easy for the 35 drivers in the first race of the season of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship at the 5.901 kilometres long Silverstone Grand Prix circuit. On a drying track, Felix Rosenqvist (Prema Powerteam) turned out to be unbeatable.
|11.04.||Results of Felix Rosenqvist’s second Qualifying Session deleted|
Felix Rosenqvist’s (Prema Powerteam) excitement about his fastest times achieved in the second Qualifying lasted only briefly, as the Swede’s results were deleted from the time sheets due to the fact that the dimensions of his Dallara’s bodywork was not in conformity with the Technical Regulations.
|10.04.||Felix Rosenqvist three times on pole position|
Also in second qualifying of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship at the 5.901 kilometres long Silverstone Grand Prix circuit, nobody was faster than Felix Rosenqvist (Prema Powerteam). The Swede, who had already set the fastest time in first qualifying, was 0.061 seconds faster than the best-placed rookie, Charles Leclerc.
|10.04.||Felix Rosenqvist claims first pole position of the year|
Swede Felix Rosenqvist (Prema Powerteam, 1:51.007 minutes) claimed the first pole position of the new FIA Formula 3 European Championship season.
|10.04.||Brandon Maïsano the first driver to set a fastest time this year|
Brandon Maïsano (Prema Powerteam, 1:51.677 minutes) set the first fastest time of the new FIA Formula 3 European Championship season. At the 5.901 kilometres long Silverstone Grand Prix circuit, the Frenchman was 0,066 seconds faster than his team-mate Felix Rosenqvist (Prema Powerteam, 1:51.743 minutes).
|09.04.||Cooperation with Eurosport extended|
In 2014, Eurosport successfully launched the magazine dealing with the FIA Formula 3 European Championship and now, the mag is going to enter its second season. In the 30-minute programme that is broadcasted two days after the respective race weekend, Eurosport does not only cover every single race of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship but also provides interesting glances behind the curtains of the planet’s most competitive young-driver series.