F1's next generation faces Ardennes challenge
British F3 is the world’s leading Formula 3 championship and many of the top drivers from across the globe have tasted the victory champagne in British F3 before moving onto greater glory. In fact since 1964 drivers who have graduated from the series have gone on to win almost every major motor racing title across the world.
Past champions include Ayrton Senna, Mika Hakkinen, Nelson Piquet, Emerson Fittipaldi and Sir Jackie Stewart; however the link to Formula One is still strong today. 2004 Champion Nelson Piquet Jnr is currently racing with Renault F1; 2006 Champion Mike Conway is a test driver at Honda and reigning Champion Marko Asmer is performing testing duties at BMW Sauber.
2005 British F3 Champion Alvaro Parente won the World Series by Renault title in 2007 and has tested a Renault F1 as part of his prize.
2008 is already proving to be a classic British F3 season, with eight different race winners in the first fourteen races of the year. Mexico’s Sergio Perez has led the way for most of the year after a double win at Monza in May and victory in the last race at Brands Hatch, but he has been unable to shake off the attentions of the other leading contenders for the title led by Spain’s Jaime Alguersuari. The Red Bull Junior driver has been a regular podium finisher this season, including one win at Oulton Park in April and another at Brands Hatch last time out, proving that consistency is the key to a successful title challenge.
Oliver Turvey is the leading British driver. In his debut British F3 season Turvey has already won one race and like his Carlin Motorsport teammate Jaime Alguersuari, he has been a regular visitor to the podium.
New Zealand’s Brendon Hartley is the second Red Bull Junior driver and was in danger of being overshadowed by Alguersuari. However a double win at Thruxton in June put the reigning Formula Renault EuroCup Champion back in the title hunt.
Sweden’s Sebastian Hohenthal and Finland’s Atte Mustonen are both in their second full season of British F3 and were both race winners last year, making them the favourites for the 2008 crown. Hohenthal struggled to find a setup for his Dallara F308 to his liking but now the 2006 UK Formula Renault is back on form and won his first race of the year at Rockingham. Mustonen was also victorious at Rockingham last May and will be looking to do well at Spa where race experience can make the difference.
While the Dallara has been the Formula 3 chassis of choice for many years, French manufacturer Mygale is looking to break the Italian domination. Ultimate Motorsport worked hard in the first season and this has now paid dividends in 2008 with Ireland’s Michael Devaney posting the first win at Snetterton in June quickly followed by a second later the same day.
2007 UK Formula BMW Champion Marcus Ericsson has adapted well to Formula 3 and the 17-year-old Swede has already secured a podium finish and pole position but a clash with Sergio Perez in the last race put a dent his championship challenge. Expect the rapid Fortec driver to be at the sharp end of the grid in Belgium.
While the International Class drivers fight for overall honours, the National Class is no less of a competitive environment for aspiring drivers. Running the last generation of F3 chassis and powered by a standard Mugen-Honda engine, the National Class teams and drivers provide some exciting racing while having the potential to mix it with the more powerful International cars.
Andy Meyrick has set the standard this season, scoring seven wins in the first twelve races but a disappointing weekend at Monza and a non finish at Snetterton has allowed Jay Bridger to close the gap. However illness forced Meyrick to miss the last two races and he is doubtful for the races at Spa. Double race winner Bridger has been a consistent visitor to the podium and is now at the head of the championship table. The driver from Kent is certainly looking forward to his first visit to Spa.
Hywel Lloyd, from North Wales, is enjoying his first season of British F3 with his CF Racing team and the reigning BARC Formula Renault Champion took his first British F3 victory at the home of the Italian Grand Prix, Monza. Columbian Steven Guerrero is another driver who has adapted quickly to Formula 3, taking his first win at Thruxton after a race long battle with Jay Bridger for the lead and following this up with victory at Brands Hatch.
Two additional drivers will be lining up on the Spa grid in the Invitation Class. Lebanese driver Basil Shaaban makes a welcome return to the British F3 International Series having raced in the 2006 championship. He is joined at the HBR Motorsport team by Spain’s Daniel Campos Hull, with both drivers driving International Class Dallara F308’s powered by Mercedes HWA engines.
With twenty nine of the world’s leading young drivers racing on one of Europe’s best circuits, sit back and enjoy the spectacle that is the British F3 International Series.
Walter Grubmüller finished sixth in the first of two British Formula 3 International Series races at Brands Hatch on Sunday and backed it up with eighth in the second. His team-mate Max Chilton recovered from an accident in the opening race, to take an amazing tenth place in race two, despite an injured right foot.
Austrian Grubmüller started from seventh for rac weiter >>
Carlin rookie Sam Abay set an impressive 4th fastest time in qualifying for race one on his first visit to the Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit, before being one of five drivers penalised for recording their quickest lap whilst a caution flag was being dis weiter >>
Im ersten Rennen wird der Österreicher Sechster, im zweiten Heat Achter
Damit kann er in britischer F3 Meisterschaft zwei Gesamtplätze gut machen
In Brands Hatch fanden heute die Läufe 13 und 14 zur britischen Formel 3 Meisterschaft statt. Für das österreichische HiTech Racing Team, speziell aber für Walter Grubmüller stand der Gewinn von weiteren Pu weiter >>
Hitech Racing driver Walter Grubmüller will line up on the fourth row for Round 13 of the British Formula 3 International Series at Brands Hatch today. The Austrian posted the ninth quickest time in session one with Briton Max Chilton 13th. However several drivers were penalised for overtaking or not slowing down under yellow flags and the pair were elevated to seventh and 10th r weiter >>
Hitech Racing will be eager to put the disappointment of Thruxton behind it when it travels south to Brands Hatch for Rounds 13 and 14 of the British F3 International Series this weekend. The reigning champions have taken three pole positions this season but have been unable to convert them into race wins.
With BRDC Superstar Max Chilton, who also took weiter >>
- Die Voraussetzungen für HiTech Racing und Walter Grubmüller stehen gut
- Man war bei Formel 3 Testfahrten im walisischen Pembrey am Schnellsten
Die britische Formel 3 Meisterschaft geht am kommenden Wochenende in Brands Hatch mit zwei Läufen in die zweite Saison Halbzeit. Mit dabei wieder das österreichische HiTech Racing Team mit den Piloten Walte weiter >>
Bahraini racing driver Salman Al Khalifa saw luck desert him in rounds 11 and 12 of the British F3 International Series at the weekend.
The former Formula BMW Asia champion, who competes in the National Class of the prestigious sin weiter >>
Rounds 11 & 12 of the 2008 British Formula 3 Championship saw Australian rookie Sam Abay claim a season high 4th place, at the ultra fast Thruxton circuit.
The Oxia Carlin driver qualified a solid 7th for race one befo weiter >>
Top British Formula 3 International team Hitech Racing and Southampton-based Avon Tyres British GT team Brookspeed Team Trimite have confirmed that their drivers will be making the special trip to Poole to attend the Dolphin Shopping Centre’s Pit Shop Roadshow on Thursday 26 June. From Poole the stars and cars will hotfoot it down to Thruxton to contest the respective championshi weiter >>
Schnellster Insel-Kurs in britischer F3 Meisterschaft erfordert optimales Set Up
Der Frank`s Pilot setzt sich zwei Platzierungen unter den Top-Sechs als Ziel
Die britische Formel 3 Meisterschaft wird am kommenden Wochenende mit den Läufen 11 und 12, in Thruxton fortgesetzt. Der in der Grafschaft Hampshire gelegene 3,7 Kilometer lange Kurs, gilt als a weiter >>
Austrian Walter Grubmüller once again set the pace in testing for the British Formula 3 International series with the quickest time at Snetterton on Thursday. The 19 year-old Hitech Racing driver posted a time of 1min 1.9secs around the Norfolk track with his 17 year-old team-mate Max Chilton just three tenths of a second adrift.
Poole’s Dolphin Shopping Centre will once again play host to some of the country’s leading drivers and cars from the British Formula 3 International Series and the Avon Tyres British GT Championship on Thursday 26 June in the Pit Shop Roadshow. Motorsport fans will marvel at the racing cars worth in excess of half a million pounds taking pride of p weiter >>
Hitech Racing increased its points haul with three more top ten results in the two races at Snetterton on Sunday. Both Walter Grubmüller and Max Chilton finished in the points in race two held in glorious sunshine.
For Austrian Grubmüller, his result came on the back of a top ten finish in the previous race earlier in the day. Meanwhile Chilton recovered from a poor start weiter >>
A disappointing performance in two qualifying sessions marred by torrential rain and red flags, left Formula 3 rookie Sam Abay with a challenging task in Sunday's British Formula 3 races at Snetterton, from which he would have to start from 11th for race one and 10th for race two. weiter >>
Reigning British F3 Champions Hitech Racing was unable to reproduce the form that netted Austrian Walter Grubmüller fastest lap in free practice when official qualifying kicked off at Snetterton today. The Buckingham-based team that also steered Max Chilton to fourth quickest in the second session yesterday had to settle for a best grid position of 11th for the second race which weiter >>
Following a successful test at Thruxton last week, Hitech Racing heads to the next round of the British Formula 3 International Series at Snetterton in a confident mood. The reigning champions will travel to Norfolk for a final test on Friday in preparation for the event, rounds nine and ten of the 22-round series.
Both Walter Grubmüller and Max Chilton have impressed in weiter >>
Australian rookie Sam Abay headed the field of 28 drivers, setting the quickest time at Wednesday's official British Formula 3 test at Thruxton in Hampshire.
Despite much of the morning session being hampered by poor weather conditions, the rain eased in the afternoon and with the track drying slightly, the times began to tumble. Abay set the quickest time of the day 11 weiter >>
Bahraini racing driver Salman Al Khalifa bounced back from a difficult weekend at Monza, with a race 1 National Class podium at round 7 of the British Formula 3 International Series at Rockingham, but saw his hopes of a strong weekend’s points haul ended by an overheating engine in roun weiter >>
Hitech Racing enjoyed a successful and productive test at Thruxton on Wednesday with Max Chilton fourth quickest and Walter Grubmüller undergoing a test and development programme. Just two days after racing at Rockingham, the Buckingham-based team headed to Hampshire for the one-day test in preparation for next month’s round of the British Formula 3 International Series.
Oxia Carlin rookie, Sam Abay started the two British Formula 3 races at Rockingham from opposite ends of the grid. The youngster secured another impressive second row starting position for race 1, replicating his efforts from Monza the previous week, but then speared off the circuit at the start of Sunday's afternoon qualifying session to determine the grid for Monday's second ra weiter >>
Hitech Racing’s Max Chilton will start tomorrow’s round seven of the British Formula 3 International Series from his second successive pole position. His team-mate, Austrian Walter Grubmüller, also set a quick pace early in the opening session and will line up sixth for the first of two races on Monda weiter >>
Walter Grubmüller u. Max Chilton müssen am Samstag in einem Qualifying gleich zwei schnelle Runden für beide Rennen zur Britischen F3 drehen
Bereits die Wettervorhersage verhieß nichts Gutes. Für Freitag war rund um Monza starker Regen angesagt. Am Vormittag gingen beide freien Trainings noch problemlos über die Bühne. Dabei schlug sich das Hitech Racing Tea weiter >>
Spain's Jaime Alguersuari was the fastest driver in the two free practice sessions today at Monza, 0.086 seconds faster than fellow Red Bull / Carlin driver Brendon Hartley. Esteban Guerrieri was two tenths behind the lead driver; the Argentine looking for the first F3 win for Mygale and Ultimate this weekend.
Max Chilton was the quickest driver in the morning session and weiter >>
Erstmals unterstützt die MCP Holding GmbH einen europäischen Motorsportler
Bestätigung für gute Leistungen, jedoch kein Ruhekissen für die Zukunft
Erfolge zeigen Wirkung. Und damit das mit den Erfolgen auch so bleibt, soll „Frank’s Energy Drink" mithelfen. Ab den beiden Rennen in Monza (17./18. Mai) darf sich Walter Grubmüller über einen Sponso weiter >>
HiTech Racing setzt wieder auf die Youngster Walter Grubmüller u. Max Chilton
Guter Test in Croft als Vorbereitung für die beiden schnellsten Saison-Rennen
Am kommenden Wochenende gastiert die britische Formel 3 Meisterschaft, mit den Rennen 5 und 6, auf dem H weiter >>
Up and down the British F3 grid you’d be hard pushed to find anyone who doesn’t enjoy racing at Monza. The home of the Italian Grand Prix is all about history and Italian style but above all it tests the skill and racecraft of the young drivers and provides some of the best racing action of the year.
Last season saw the first British F3 races at Monza since 2005 and the r weiter >>
May 17th and 18th 2008 British F3 International Series
1 Max Chilton GBR Hitech Racing Dallara F308 Mercedes HWA
2 Walter Grubmüller AUT Hitech Racing Dallara F308 Mercedes HWA
3 Brendon Hartley NZL Carlin Motorsport Dallara F308 Mercedes HWA
4 Jaime Alguersuari ESP Carlin Motorsport Dallara F308 Mercedes H weiter >>
Reigning British Formula 3 International Series title-holder Hitech Racing heads to the third round of the series at Monza next weekend (May 17/18), hoping for a return to the form that netted it the 2007 title. After two rounds, the Buckingham-based team is currently ninth and 11th in the standings with Briton Max Chilton and Austrian Walter Grubmüller.
The teenagers are weiter >>
Bahraini racing driver Salman Al Khalifa took his second National Class podium of the season at the weekend, as the British Formula 3 International Series visited Croft in North Yorkshire.
Driving for reigning champions T-Sport, Al Khalifa finished second in race 2, and limited weiter >>
The second round of the 2008 British Formula 3 Championship proved dramatic for Oxia Carlin driver Sam Abay.
After recording the 4th fastest time in free practice on Friday morning, then comfortably topping the wet afternoon practice session, Abay went on to qualify 9th for Race weiter >>
Hitech Racing scored three points-scoring finishes in the third and fourth rounds of the British Formula 3 International Series at Croft on Sunday with both Walter Grubmüller and Max Chilton adding to their tally. The Buckingham-based reigning champions put the disappointment of qualifying behind them to record the fastest lap in race one and take ninth and tenth in race two. weiter >>
Oxia Carlin driver Sam Abay will start rounds 3 and 4 of the 2008 British Formula 3 Championship from 9th and 5th on the grid, following two frantically fought qualifying sessions at the Croft circuit in North Yorkshire.
The youngster, who competes in his seco weiter >>
Reigning British Formula 3 champions Hitech Racing were left frustrated by red flags in qualifying for the third and fourth rounds at Croft on Saturday. The Buckingham-based team with drivers Walter Grubmüller and Max Chilton were trying a different set-up on their Dallara F308 Mercedes HWAs in the opening 30minute session.
But following a session which saw 19 year-old Gr weiter >>
Hitech Racing resumes its bid to retain the coveted British Formula 3 International Series crown when the championship resumes at Croft this weekend. Austrian Walter Grubmüller has shown an impressive turn of speed in recent testing, the 19 year-old looking to repeat his superb performance of the opening rounds at Oulton Park.
The rapid Austrian, in his second season with weiter >>
Hitech Racing posted the second quickest time in testing at Rockingham on Thursday, with 16 year-old Max Chilton just two tenths of a second off the quickest lap around the Northamptonshire track. His team-mate Austrian Walter Grubmüller was eighth quickest in the afternoon session bu weiter >>
Austrian Walter Grubmüller resumed his early season form with a superb performance in the final day of testing at Snetterton yesterday. The 19 year-old Hitech Racing driver posted the fourth quickest time of the afternoon with his 16 year-old team-mate Max Chilton joint eighth fastest at th weiter >>
British F3 champions Hitech Racing concluded the final day of official testing at Croft circuit yesterday, with Austrian Philip Eng posting the fourth quickest time of the afternoon, in his first outing in a 2008 specification F3 car. His countryman Walter Grubmüller also started well but was unlucky to suffer with an engine problem in the afternoon. This put paid to his chances weiter >>
Bahraini racing driver Salman Al Khalifa kicked off his season with a National Class podium at the British F3 International Series opener at Oulton Park.
In cold, damp conditions at the Cheshire circuit, the T-Sport driver took second place in race 2, his sixth career Formula weiter >>
Sixteen year-old Max Chilton takes second for Hitech Racing at Oulton Park.
Hitech Racing’s Max Chilton secured his maiden podium finish in the opening round of the British Formula 3 International Series at Oulton Park today. Austrian Walter Grubmüller finished fifth i weiter >>
- Damit erreicht er in der britischen F3 Meisterschaft sein bisher bestes Resultat
- Im ersten Rennen schied der Wiener wegen eines defekten Schaltseiles aus
Sehr guter Auftakt für das HiTech Racing Team bei den ersten beiden Rennen zur britischen Formel 3 Meisterscha weiter >>
Hitech Racing kicked off the opening event of the British F3 International Series with two second row positions in today’s qualifying for Monday’s first and second rounds. Rapid Austrian Walter Grubmüller and rising British star Max Chilton both held the pole position spot in the sessions before dropping to th weiter >>
Wiener startet damit beim Auftakt zur britischen Formel 3 zweimal aus Reihe 2
Im HiTech Teamduell stellt Österreicher gegenüber dem Briten Chilton auf 2:0
Das viele Testen der letzten Wochen hat sich für das HiTech Racing Team des Österreichers Walter Grubmüller sen. ausgezahlt. Bei den weiter >>
In less than a week Buckingham-based Hitech Racing will begin its defence of the British Formula 3 International Series title it dominated last year with BMW Sauber F1 test driver Marko Asmer. This season, with teenage sensations Austrian Walter Grubmüller and Briton Max Chilton at the wheel of Dallara F308 Mercedes HWAs, the team is ready to commence battle again when the 2008 s weiter >>
- Erste Station für HiTech Racing Team ist mit zwei Rennen der Oulton Park
- Walter Grubmüller jun. hofft nach erfolgreichen Tests auf guten Saisonauftakt
Für den 19-jährigen Wiener Walter Grubmüller wird es am Osterwoch weiter >>
British F3 champions Hitech Racing topped the times in the penultimate pre-season test at Oulton Park yesterday with rising British star Max Chilton pipping Marcus Ericsson by nearly three tenths of a second in the morning session. Max’s team-mate rapid Austrian Walter Grubmüller was a superb third just four hundredths of a second off second place.
However when the sessio weiter >>
British Formula 3 Champions Hitech Racing took to the track again on Thursday at the official media launch of the British Formula 3 International Series on Silverstone’s International circuit.
The confirmed line-up of rapid Austrian Walter Grubmüller and rising British star Max Chilton joined the rest of the 25-car field for three hours of running around the 2.25 mile ci weiter >>
- Der Wiener testete in den letzten beiden Wochen in Pembrey und Snetterton
- Als Titelverteidiger ist HiTech Racing bereit für eine ähnlich erfolgreiche Saison
Im vergangenen Jahr feierte das österreichische HiTech Racing Team mit dem Esten Marko Asmer, zwischenzeitlich Formel 1 Testfahrer bei BMW, durch den Ge weiter >>
Hitech Racing continued its superb pre-season testing pace with both Austrian Walter Grubmüller and Max Chilton briefly holding the top spot during today’s second day at Snetterton. Yesterday Reigate-based Max led for most of the session until the closing minutes before dropping to third when the others switched to new tyres, just ahead of 19 year-old Grubmüller.
Today af weiter >>