MEETING OF THE F3 EUROSERIES CHAMPIONSHIP.
ASM teams start to the Euroseries F3 Championship 2005
season could not have been better, with a win and second place
from its new drivers, Lewis Hamilton and Adrian Sutil. After
qualifying on the first row of the grid for race one, the
Anglo-German pair secured the best start to the season by
finishing well ahead of their opponents and winning the race.
qualifying for the second race, held on a tricky track, did
not go as smoothly and compromised the Dallara Mercedes
race, standing in 5th (Hamilton) and 10th (Sutil) position
on the starting grid. Their fantastic fight back to the top
on Sunday has once again demonstrated the strength of the
ASM team and of its drivers, who could have claimed victory,
before the track conditions changed towards the end fooling
both drivers, Adrian failing to finish due to a gearbox failure
two laps form the end.
Frédéric Vasseur :
was not a perfect weekend as we could have done better
but definitely a very good start to the season. We
took all that was available in the first round with a perfect
race, without taking too many risks, to achieve the best double
of the season. Qualifying for the second race was hard to
predict, as the track was tricky and often disturbed by yellow
or red flags. We opted for a soaked track set up, but it dried
towards the end of the race, causing us to lose places despite
very good driving from Lewis and Adrian, who had fought back
to the top. It was overall a very good weekend. Last year
we left Hockenheim standing on the second raw, after two victories
by Rosberg, we are therefore doing better. We are especially
happy to win here as it is the 8th time we have competed at
Hockenheim, and this track, up to now, had never brought us
victory, despite five pole positions.
was great to win the first race of the season. It has been
a good race weekend overall with victory on Saturday and third
place on Sunday. We were always fast, but we still have to
work and improve on our way of dealing with a sudden change
of track due to weather conditions.
first race was fantastic, the second one not so great
everything wet well on Saturday and after a difficult year,
I am thrilled to get a podium finish for my first race in
the F3 Euroseries with ASM. The second race started well despite
starting 10th on the grid. I quickly climbed up to 4th position
after 8 laps, the car was performing and I was setting good
lap times. But the track dried and my tyres rapidly became
very hot, due to the high-pressure wet weather set up strategy.
I was in line for a few points nevertheless, when my gearbox
broke two laps before the end of the race. I am disappointed
but before anything else I am thrilled with the excellent
results in the first race and very happy to be working with
this team. Lewis is not just my teammate, he is a friend,
and my engineer is more than an engineer as we often joke
around together. Everybody is very nice to me and I really
feel at ease in this studious and yet relaxed environment.
I am looking forward to Pau, an urban track particularly exciting.
Our Dallara Mercedes should perform well there if lined up
with last years results.