British F3 International Series : The British F3 Italian Job
British F3 International Series : The British F3 Italian Job
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 resulting two races had everyone on the edge of their seats. Victory in race one for Maro Engel was followed by a great wheel-to-wheel battle between Engel and Marko Asmer in race 2, with the Estonian taking the chequered flag on the 5.8 kilometre circuit.
With four races completed the 2008 British F3 International Series drivers championship is wide open with four different winners from each of the races held at Oulton Park and Croft. With 29 drivers from across the globe fighting for the honour of joining the likes of Nelson Piquet, Ayrton Senna and Mika Hakkinen as British F3 Champion, the 2008 series has never been more competitive.
Mexican Sergio Perez holds a slender four point lead after a spectacular showing at Croft that saw the reigning National Class Champion take the chequered flag in round 3, securing the first win for a Mugen Honda powered car since October 2006. Sergio followed this up with a fighting second place behind Red Bull driver Brendon Hartley in Round 4, setting a new lap record for the Croft circuit in the process. The 18-year-old is one of the eleven drivers who raced at Monza last year and will be hopeful of retaining his championship lead in Italy.
Raikkonen Robertson Racing’s Atte Mustonen has yet to show the race winning pace he is capable of but the 19-year-old Finn has been consistently scoring championship points to leave Croft in second place overall. As one of the only two race winners from last season Mustonen knows what it is like to step onto the top of the British F3 podium and will be looking to return to winning ways this weekend on a circuit that suits his racing style perfectly.
Round 2 winner Jaime Alguersuari had an indifferent weekend at Croft but he still managed to secure two points finishes to keep him in touch with Mustonen and Perez. The Spanish driver raced at Monza in Formula Renault last season and hopes that this experience, coupled with the experience of his Carlin Motorsport team, will help him return to the top in Italy.
Alguersuari is tied on points with Carlin teammate Oliver Turvey, who is currently the leading British driver. The Racing Steps Foundation driver has already shown that he has the speed to win and he returned to the podium last time out in Yorkshire.
One point behind Turvey is Sweden’s Sebastian Hohenthal. The Fortec Motorsport driver has been consistently scoring points in the first four races, including two podium finishes, but the 2006 UK Formula Renault Champion will be looking for his first win since Brands Hatch last July to keep the pressure on the drivers ahead of him.
When Brendon Hartley finishes, he finishes well up the order. Two finishes from four starts has netted the New Zealander a win and a 4th place finish. The reigning Formula Renault Eurocup Champion has experience of racing at Monza and will looking to gain a few more wins in Italy.
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 Italy.
At Croft Esteban Guerrieri gave his Ultimate Motorsport team something to cheer about as the Argentine driver secured the first Formula 3 podium finish for the team and the new Mygale chassis. It was also the Euro F3 race winners first British F3 podium finish. The Ultimate Motorsport team are targeting their first win in Monza and Guerrieri, along with teammates Michael Devaney and Ricardo Teixeira, know that the Italian circuit should suit the Mygale chassis well.
Reigning British F3 champions Hitech Racing have not had the best start to the season after their drivers Max Chilton and Walter Grubmuller shone in preseason testing. A podium for Chilton in the opening race of the season has been the high point so far but both drivers have suffered their fair share of bad luck. However they both raced at Monza last year and are confident of getting their season back on track in Italy.
While the International Class is a closely fought affair, the National Class championship is currently a one horse race. Welsh driver Andy Meyrick has scored 83 from a maximum 84 points in the first four races and spending most of his time running in the top 10 ahead of many of the International Class cars.
Kent’s Jay Bridger is Meyrick’s nearest rival, the Fluid Motorsport racer consistently scoring with a 2nd, 3rd and two 4th place finishes to his credit. However Bridger knows he has to up his game in Monza to get on terms with the championship leader.
Bahrain’s Salman Al Khalifa is the only driver in his second year of the National Class and two second places have left him with a healthy points tally from the first four races.
2007 BRDC Formula Renault Champion Hywel Lloyd has moved up to British F3 this year with his own team, CF Racing. The Welsh team have not only held their own against the established teams such as Carlin, T Sport and Fluid, they have successfully beaten their drivers on the track.
Round 5 of the 2008 British F3 International Series will take place at Monza on Saturday 17 May with Round 6 on Sunday 18 May. The Monza races will be shown on Channel 4 in the UK and on Motors TV across Europe.
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.
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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 >>
Reigning British F3 title holder Hitech Racing has signalled its intention to retain the coveted crown with an impressive performance in the season’s first official two day test at Pembrey. Austrian Walter Grubmüller and Briton Max Chilton posted the third and fourth quickest times after completing 190 and 176 laps respectively at the Welsh track which concluded on Wednesday. weiter >>
With the start of the Lloyds TSB British Formula 3 Championship just over a month away, Sam Abay and the Carlin team have taken to the track inpreparation for the 2008 season. The youngster consistently lapped amongst the front runners at the first official test weiter >>
2007 Champions British F3 Champion : Marko Asmer (EST)
"It took a while to sink in, but it is a great feeling to be British F3 Champion. I didn’t feel like I’d really won the title after retiring from the first race at Croft, I wanted to take it with another race vi weiter >>
Sam Bird capped off his maiden Macau weekend in style, finishing 6th in the Grand Prix race on Sunday. In what observers called "the most competitive Macau line-up for years", the BP Ultimate Driver was this year's Top Rookie and also the leading driver from outside of Japanese F3 (the top five weiter >>
Hitech Racing came home as leading British F3 team with fourth place in today’s Polytec Formula 3 Grand Prix in Macau. Estonian Marko Asmer had consistently been the quickest of the Lloyds TSB Insurance British F3 International Series runners over the course of the weekend, the 2007 champion just unable to add the coveted Macau crown to his already impressive record.
Star weiter >>
- Marko Asmer wird Vierter, Walter Grubmüller holt Platz 18 und Ho wird 24.ster
- Zielsetzung teilweise erreicht, trotzdem tolle Saison des heimischen Teams
Der 54. Formel 3 Grand Prix von Macau endete heute bei besten äußeren Bedingungen nach 15 Runden mit einem Sieg des Briten Oliver Jarvis (Team Reckless Tom`s) vor den beiden Japanern Kodai Tsukak weiter >>
Hitech top British team in F3’s Jewel in the Crown
Marko Asmer took the runner-up spot in today’s qualifying race to secure a front row start for tomorrow’s Polytec Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix. The Hitech Racing driver took the early lead in the qualifier from pole-sitter Oliver Jarvis as the pack entered the first corner.
A multi-car accident ensued behind weiter >>
- Marko Asmer, heute Zweiter, startet morgen neben Jarvis aus der ersten Reihe
- Walter Grubmüller mit Platz 16 gut, auf ihn wartet beim Finale achte Startreihe
Dramatisch verlief heute das erste Qualifikationsrennen der Formel 3 für den morgigen 54. Grand Prix von Macau. Bei dem über 10 Runden angesetzten Rennen wurde das Safetycar bereits nach der weiter >>
Hitech Racing started its bid for Macau Grand Prix victory in the best possible way today with Marko Asmer taking a front row spot ahead of this weekend’s event despite a brush with the wall in the crucial qualifying session. The Estonian was quickest of all the F3 runners from across Europe, just being pipped to the pole position he provisionally held yesterday by British A1GP d weiter >>
- Marko Asmer verliert Poleposition durch Ausrutscher an Briten Oliver Jarvis
- Ebenfalls Mauerberührung für Walter Grubmüller, startet morgen aus Reihe 14
Der zweite Tag mit einem freien und dem zweiten Qualifikationstraining verlief für das HiTech Racing Team in Macao nicht ganz so erfolgreich, wie der Gestrige. Bei hochs weiter >>
Start auf drei Dallara/ Mercedes HWA in der chinesischen Glückspielmetropole
Piloten: der britische F3 Meister Marko Asmer, Walter Grubmüller u. Michael Ho
Das im österreichischen Besitz von Walter Grubmüller stehende britische Formel 3 HiTech Racing Team wird vom 15. bis 18. November beim 54. Grand Prix von Macau an den Start gehen. Es ist die weiter >>
Just over a week remains before the 54th running of the prestigious Macau Grand Prix, the jewel in the Formula 3 crown. Buckingham-based Hitech Racing aims to add victory at the far eastern venue to its well-deserved and convincingly-won Lloyds TSB Insurance British F3 International Series title.
The team narrowly missed out on victory in Macau last year after Marko Asme weiter >>
British Formula 3 Champions Hitech Racing has concluded its first post-season test programme with impressive performances at Oulton Park and Silverstone. The team, and its regular driver Walter Grubmüller, were joined at the Cheshire track on Wednesday and on Monday in Northamptonshire by Mexican sensation Rodolfo Gonzalez and Swede Sebastian Hohenthal as it carried out evaluatio weiter >>
Bahraini racing driver Salman Al Khalifa ended his first season in the British F3 International Series with a flourish, by enjoying his best race weekend of the year.
The former Formula BMW Asia champion secured two National Class second place finish in the 2007 finale at Rockingham to clinch fifth in the weiter >>
Asmer wins and Grubmüller flies at Rockingham
Hitech Racing ended the season with a dominant performance at Rockingham today; newly-crowned Lloyds TSB Insurance British F3 International Series champion Marko Asmer cruising to a convincing 13 second advantage at the flag. His young team-mate Walter Grubmüller drove a steady opening race, improving from his weiter >>
- Walter Grubmüller belegt beim Saisonabschluss der F3 die Plätze 11 und 18
- Österreichisches HiTech Team kann in England eine tolle Bilanz ziehen.
Die britische Formel 3 Meisterschaft wurde heute in Rockingham mit den Läufen 21 und 22, beendet. Für das im österreichischen Besitz stehende HiTech Team gab es einen zufriedenstellenden weiter >>
Der als Meister feststehende HiTech Pilot Marko Asmer fährt einmal Bestzeit
Im zweiten Heat landet er auf Platz 10, Walter Grubmüller wird 14.ter und 16.ter
Recht widrige Wetterbedingungen herrschten heute bei den beiden Qualifyings für die beiden letzten Rennen zur britischen Formel 3 Meisterschaft in Rockingham. Beim ersten Qualifying war die Fahrb weiter >>
Hitech Racing will line up on pole position for the penultimate round of the Lloyds TSB Insurance British Formula 3 International Series at Rockingham tomorrow after Marko Asmer set a blistering pace in today’s first qualifying. The 23 year-old newly-crowned champion will start race two from the fifth row with his young team-mate Walter Grubmüller lining up in 14th and 16th respe weiter >>
The British weather could do nothing to dampen Hitech Racing’s spirits as it showed its intention of ending the Lloyds TSB Insurance British F3 International Series on a high at Rockingham this weekend. Estonian Marko Asmer was convincingly quickest in today’s two 40 minute test sessions, the 23 year-old, who clinched the title with his tenth win last time out at Croft, more than weiter >>
- HiTech Team möchte trotz gewonnener Meisterschaft erfolgreichen Abschluss
- Marko Asmer hofft auf neuerliche Siege, Walter Grubmüller auf weitere Punkte
Am 29. und 30. September wird die britische Formel 3 Meisterschaft mit den Läufen 21 und 22 in Rockingham abgeschlossen. Die sehr selektive, moderne Strecke hat eine Länge von 3,1 Kilometern und gi weiter >>
Bahraini racing driver Salman Al Khalifa admitted to having mixed emotions at the weekend, after his first ever visit to the Yorkshire circuit Croft. The 2005 Formula BMW Asia champion secured his third National Class podium of the 2007 British F3 International Series season in race one, bu weiter >>
Este Marko Asmer feiert seinen 10. Sieg und wird britischer Formel 3 Meister Walter Grubmüller scheidet durch zwei unverschuldete Unfälle vorzeitig aus In Croft in North Yorkshire wurden heute die Läufe 19 und 20 der britischen Formel 3 Meisterschaft ausgetragen.
Dabei gab es für das im österreichischen Besitz stehende HiTech Racing Team, den bisher größten Triumph. Der weiter >>
Hitech Racing has won the 2007 Lloyds TSB Insurance British Formula 3 International Series for the first time with Estonian Marko Asmer in an unassailable lead with still two rounds remaining.
A dominant performance which saw him take a lights flag victory, his tenth win of the year, gave the Silverstone-based team and the Buckingham-based driver title glory, but it was weiter >>
Hitech Racing heads to the penultimate round of the Lloyds TSB Insurance British F3 International Series this weekend hoping to clinch its first title in the UK’s premier single-seater series. The Silverstone-based team, with Estonian Marko Asmer, currently lead the series by a massive 72 points from Maro Engel, with four rounds and a maximum 84 points remaining.
After th weiter >>
Hitech Racing’s Marko Asmer took two points scoring finishes in rounds 17 and 18 of the Lloyds TSB Insurance British F3 International Series at Thruxton today to maintain a healthy 72 point advantage at the head of the points standings.
Despite struggling with straight-line speed in both 24-lap races, Asmer finished ninth and fifth while his rookie team-mate took 10th in weiter >>
Hitech Racing bounced back to form with a dominating performance in testing at Rockingham today which saw the championship leaders quickest in both three-hour sessions at the Northamptonshire track. With Marko Asmer at the wheel, the Silverstone-based team posted a time of 1:12.272 seconds to wind up 0.278sec quicker than Jonathan Kennard.
Asmer’s only series rival Maro E weiter >>