Formula 2


18th October 2012. Silverstone, UK. Today saw the recently crowned Formula 2 Champion Luciano Bachetta get his first taste of Formula One when he drove the Williams FW33 around the famous Silverstone circuit.

Luciano secured the 2012 Formula Two Championship at the season finale in Monza last month. He led the championship from the season opener at Silverstone, collecting five race victories and ten podiums on his way to the title, including a record breaking four successive victories in the first two rounds.

The 22-year-old from Romford, Essex followed in the footsteps of other Formula 2 winners in having the opportunity to drive a Williams F1 car as part of his prize. Today’s drive will also enable him to qualify for an FIA Super License that is needed to compete in Formula One.

Speaking about today’s run, Luciano Bachetta said; “Today’s gone very well for me. I’ve had a good mix of wet and dry running which has been a perfect way to learn how the car works and adapts. Just to be around a team like Williams is a special experience and I’ve gained so much from the day.

I’m still taking it all in and I am sure that it won’t be until I go away and reflect that I’ll realise quite how brilliant it was. The car is just a pleasure to drive, better than anything I’ve driven before, so I’d love to have some more experience of Formula One in the future”.

Sir Frank Williams, Founder and Team Principal at Williams F1, added: “I’d like to pass on my congratulations to Luciano for winning the F2 title, a feat made all the more impressive by the way he achieved it with an unprecedented four consecutive wins at the start of the season. No doubt he learnt a lot from today’s experience and it will stand him in good stead for his future career which looks very promising indeed.”

F3 Euro Series


This weekend, Hockenheim will stage the final rounds of the battle for the 2012 Formula 3 Euro Series title, with the 4.574-kilometre Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg being the venue of the season finale. Spain’s Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam) travels to the German GP circuit as championship leader and consequently, he has got the best chances of by securing the title and following the footsteps of his compatriot Roberto Merhi. Nonetheless, rookie Pascal Wehrlein (Mücke Motorsport), Ferrari protégé Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) and William Buller (Carlin) will give their very best to steal Juncadella’s lead, in the final three races of the season.

Holding a 35-point lead over his toughest rival, Pascal Wehrlein, Daniel Juncadella can’t rest on his laurels but he definitely travels to Hockenheim as clear favourite. And in addition, the Spaniard is contesting his third Formula 3 season, thus being clearly more experienced than Wehrlein and Marciello who follow in second and third position respectively. But the two young guns are determined to give Juncadella a hard time, nevertheless.

The grid for the final race weekend of the 10th Formula 3 Euro Series will feature six guest drivers. Dennis van de Laar and Lucas Auer will race for Van Amersfoort Racing, Fortec Motorsport will be represented by Felix Serralles, Alex Lynn and Luis Felipe Derani – and Carlin is going to enter a third Dallara single-seater for GP2 driver Felipe Nasr.

Pascal Wehrlein (Mücke Motorsport): “I won’t mind the battle for the Formula 3 Euro Series title as I haven got a chance of becoming the champion in my own right. Therefore, I will just focus on trying to once again win races, this weekend. I would be really happy if I should succeed in defending my runner-up position in the championship. And as a lot of my friends and acquaintances are coming to Hockenheim to support me I want to provide them a good show.”