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DTM

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MARCO WITTMANN ON TOP IN FINAL DAY OF TESTING –

Barcelona – Marco Wittmann made for the final fastest lap time the of the official four-day ITR tests at Barcelona. On Friday, in perfect weather conditions with temperatures of about 21.5° C, the DTM rookie hat was the quickest driver at the Circuit de Catalunya. He set his fastest time as early as in the morning session by crossing the line of the circuit’s 2.977-kilometre version with his BMW M3 DTM in 1:06.451 minutes.

Second position on the time sheets of day four was secured by Pascal Wehrlein, who is about to contest his first season on the grid of the most popular international touring-car series – just as Wittmann. With his DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé, 18-year old Wehrlein set a personal fastest lap time of 1:06.687 minutes and was the fastest in the afternoon session – but finished 0.235 seconds behind Wittmann, in the end. Christian Vietoris (Mercedes-Benz) came third, with his personal fastest lap time of1:06,706 minutes, followed by the best Audi driver, Timo Scheider. The fastest lap time Scheider achieved with his RS 5 DTM (1:06,844 minutes) was 0.393 seconds slower than the one of Wittmann.

Thanks to Wittmann, BMW also secured one of the fastest lap times on the Barcelona time sheets. On the previous three days, the fastest lap times were secured by the two Mercedes-Benz drivers Robert Wickens (Tuesday/1:06.735 minutes) and Gary Paffett (Wednesday/1:06.149) as well as Audi’s new signing Jamie Green (Thursday/1:07.171). So, Paffett also proved to be the quickest of the entire four days of testing. While the fastest man on Friday also was the busiest: Marco Wittmann completed 220 laps, representing a total mileage of 654.94 kilometres, on a single day of testing at Barcelona.

Prior to the season kick-off, held on 05th May at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg, the teams of Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz will have another four days of testing for their preparations for the coming season. From 09th to 12th April, Hockenheim will be the venue of the second and final ITR tests, with the 09th April also representing the official DTM Media Day.

On the four days of the first official ITR tests, the teams and drivers gathered a lot of – predominantly positive – experiences with two technical innovations. The one innovation were the new Hankook option tyres and the other the new Drag Reduction System, DRS, that allows the drivers to change the adjustment of the rear wing for a certain amount of time to temporarily increase their top speed.

Quotes after day four:

Timo Scheider (Audi): “Being back at the wheel of a racing car after such a long time was fantastic. First of all I had to familiarise myself with the DTM car but I succeeded in doing so very well. It may sound like a standard comment but we completed 90 percent of our scheduled programme. Nonetheless, it is extremely difficult to make reliable assessments. It was sunny at warm, at times, and then again overcast and colder. Therefore, the track conditions differed a lot. On Friday afternoon I covered my first kilometres with the option tyres – and they represented a huge positive surprise. Driving the DTM car on these tyres is truly big fun. Afterwards, you just don’t want to switch back to the standard tyres. And the DRS also makes an impact. I think it was time for making some changes. The fans want to see overtaking manoeuvres and both the DRS and the option tyres will be helpful to achieve this goal.”

Andy Priaulx (BMW): “Contesting such a test with your new team is really nice. We used the time to get to know one another better – and I quickly found a good rhythm. I definitely will leave Barcelona with a lot of positive experiences under my belt. The option tyre is quick and rather consistent. And when you go out again on the standard tyres after a stint on the options you have to re-adapt. That’s an interesting challenge.”

Christian Vietoris (Mercedes-Benz): “I had two rather positive days of testing. We had no technical problems whatsoever and consequently, we could make optimum use of the time by gaining a lot of important insights. And in this year, with the limited test time available to us, this is of particular importance. The crew also cooperated fantastically and did a great job. I’ve also got a very positive feeling regarding the DRS but at this point in time it’s difficult to say how big the advantage will be, in the end.”

FIA F3

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RAFFAELE MARCIELLO TAKES VICTORY AT MONZA-

Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) crowned his home round at the 5.793 kilometres long Monza Grand Prix circuit with his second victory of the weekend. The Italian, who is being supported by the Ferrari Driver Academy, won from Pascal Wehrlein (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) and Alex Lynn (Prema Powerteam). Due to heavy rain and the extremely wet track, the race was stopped prematurely.

The third race of the season got underway behind the safety car, the young drivers being released only after three laps. In front, Raffaele Marciello slightly pulled clear from his main rival Pascal Wehrlein, who, in turn, managed to establish a huge advantage over third-placed Alex Lynn.

Meanwhile, there was plenty of action in the midfield: Sven Müller (ma-con) collided with Roy Nissany (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport), which ended the race for the Israeli. After another incident with Nicholas Latifi (Carlin), Müller had to pit. Mitchell Gilbert (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport), André Rudersdorf (ma-con), Lucas Wolf (URD Rennsport) and Dennis van de Laar (Van Amersfoort Racing) also retired.

On lap nine, the clerk of the course stopped the race due to continuous heavy rain and the amount of standing water on the track. The order after lap eight was the basis for the race classification, only half points were awarded.

The three drivers on the podium were followed home by Lucas Auer (Prema Powerteam), Luis Felipe Derani (Fortec Motorsports), Harry Tincknell (Carlin), William Buller (ThreeBond with T-Sport), Eddie Cheever (Prema Powerteam), Formula 3 novice Jordan King (Carlin) and Tom Blomqvist (Eurointernational).

Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam)
“It was a tough race, because Pascal was very quick and in these extreme conditions, making a mistake is easy. I have tried to pull a gap, which wasn’t that easy. However, my car was better than in the morning and I was able to get a little advantage as a result.”

Pascal Wehrlein (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport)
“It wasn’t easy, because we could hardly see a thing due to the water. I also think that stopping the race in these conditions was the right decision, because the spray was even more extreme in the midfield. Nevertheless, it is also a pity, because perhaps, I could have been in with a shot at victory. But I can also live very well with three podium finishes, it is a happy end to my spell in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship.”

Alex Lynn (Prema Powerteam)
“All in all, it was very wett and I even reckon that it was slightly worse than this morning. I also understand very well why the race was stopped, because it was indeed slightly dangerous to a certain extent. Of course, I am happy with my podium finish, but I am also happy having scored points in every race of the weekend.”

FIA F3

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PASCAL WEHRLEIN WINS AT MONZA-
In pouring rain and extreme conditions, FIA Formula 3 European Championship drivers battled for points and positions in the second race of the season. At the 5.793 kilometres long Grand Prix circuit in the royal park of Monza, Pascal Wehrlein (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) prevailed and was presented with the winner’s trophy after 14 laps. Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) was classified second from Tom Blomqvist (Eurointernational).

Because of the continuous rain, the clerk of the course decided to let the field start behind the safety car into the planned 19 laps. The field was released after four laps. 18-year-old Pascal Wehrlein did not keep the lead for one full lap, as he got off the track on the slippery asphalt and lost first place to Raffaele Marciello. After that, Wehrlein started the hunt for the Italian and a range of fast laps allowed him to close up into the slipstream of the Prema driver. On lap eleven, he eventually overtook Marciello and went on to win.

Tom Blomqvist, Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport), Harry Tincknell (Carlin), Alex Lynn (Prema Powerteam), Félix Serrallés (Fortec Motorsports), Josh Hill (Fortec Motorsports), Luis Felipe Derani (Fortec Motorsports) and Sven Müller (ma-con) rounded out the top ten in a race that saw plenty of spins and drivers off the track. Måns Grenhagen (Van Amersfoort Racing) had the heaviest accident when he attempted to overtake Jordan King (Carlin) on lap twelve but hit the back of William Buller’s (ThreeBond with T-Sport) car. The Swede’s car barrel-rolled several times, but the driver escaped unscathed, just like the other two people involved. After that, the race was neutralised behind the safety car and finished that way.

Pascal Wehrlein (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport)
“Conditions were anything but easy and for me, it was even the first time driving at Monza in the rain. On the first free lap, I made a mistake because I was pushing too much. But I was able to close up to Raffaele again and overtake him later on. Victory in my final weekend of Formula 3 racing is what I had hoped for.”

Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam)
“Second place is a good result, I am happy with it as it gives many valuable points. When Pascal attacked me just before the end, I didn’t do much to defend my position. Pascal is only racing Formula 3 this weekend and will then graduate into the DTM, so he isn’t a rival in the battle for the title.”

Tom Blomqvist (Eurointernational)
“Today, it wasn’t easy, because the track was very wet. When driving behind somebody, you could hardly see anything because of the spray and it was very, very slippery. My goal was to bring the car home in one piece. Of course, I am very happy with the fact that I finished third.”

F3EC

F3 at Monza

TOP-CLASS ENTRY FROM 14 COUNTRIES

At Monza in Italy, the 2013 season of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship gets underway in three weeks’ time. In total, 30 highly talented young drivers from 14 countries will be battling for the European championship title and no less so for the Ferrari Formula 1 test drive, on ten weekends with three races each. Experienced Formula 3 drivers like Pascal Wehrlein (Mücke Motorsport) and Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) are on the entry list, just like young and eager rookie drivers like Josh Hill (Fortec Motorsport), whose goal it is to make life as difficult as possible for the stalwarts.

For decades, Formula 3 has been known as an ideal career stepping stone. Up‑and-coming talents not only acquire valuable experience in racing, but also in working with technology. Countless Formula 1 World Champions honed their skills in Formula 3. With official European Championship status from the FIA and a new structure, the FIA Formula 3 European Championship has been strengthened for the 2013 season. The series is featuring numerous promising talents on their way up.

Italian outfit, Prema Powerteam, is running four drivers in the 2013 season. Raffaele Marciello, who ended up third overall in 2012 as one of the strongest drivers in the Formula 3 Euro Series, will get no less than three new team mates: Alex Lynn, Lucas Auer and Eddie Cheever. Austrian Lucas Auer shone as a rookie by becoming runner-up in the final standings of the German Formula 3 Cup last year. Britain’s Alex Lynn had an equally successful rookie season in his domestic Formula 3 championship in which he came fourth overall. Eddie Cheever, the son of the eponymous ex-Formula 1 driver and Indy 500 race winner graduates into the European Championship with the runner-up position in the Italian Formula 3 under his belt.

Carlin has also entered four young talents to compete for the coveted title. Stalwart Harry Tincknell from the UK, who will be taking on his third year in Formula 3, will be accompanied by his compatriot Jordan King, Nicholas Latifi and Jann Mardenborough. 17-year-old Canadian Latifi got his basic education in Italian Formula 3, while King and Mardenborough do not have any experience in Formula 3 to date. Jordan King became runner-up in the final standings of last year’s Formula Renault 2.0 NEC. Team-mate Mardenborough, winner of the 2011 Nissan GT Academy, raced in the Blancpain Endurance Series and the British GT Championship last year. 
Mücke Motorsport is also relying on a quartet of drivers. German Pascal Wehrlein, runner-up of the 2012 Formula 3 Euro Series, has his eyes set on the title, just like his Swedish team-mate Felix Rosenqvist, who ended up fourth in the last Euro Series season. Mitchell Gilbert and Roy Nissany, whose father was a test driver of the Minardi Formula 1 team in 2005, round out Mücke’s line-up. Malaysian-born Australian Gilbert has previous experience from the German Formula 3 Cup while Israeli Nissany moves up into the Formula 3 European Championship from the ADAC Formula Masters.

Two of Fortec’s drivers from last year, Luís Felipe ‘Pipo’ Derani and Felix Serralles are among those to defend the Fortec Motorsport colours in 2013. Brazilian Derani has been racing in Formula 3 since 2010. His team-mate born in Puerto Rico will be starting into his second season in the category at Monza. Next to these already known drivers, Josh Hill, the son of ex-Formula 1 World Champion Damon Hill, and 17-year-old Dmitry Suranovich from Russia complete the line-up of the British outfit.

Double R Racing moves up from British F3 International Series into the European Championship and will run three cars. Tatiana Calderón, who will be driving a Dallara Mercedes, is one of the two female drivers to compete in the Formula 3 European Championship. The Columbian lady racer became the first woman to score a podium finish in the American Star Mazda series in 2011. The 19-year-old South-American’s team-mates are Italian Antonio Giovinazzi, the 2012 Formula Pilota China champion, and 16-year-old Indonesian Sean Gelael, who ended up fourth in the Formula Pilota China last year.

ThreeBond with T-Sport is also coming over from the UK to compete in the European Championship. William Buller, who scored a convincing performance with his fifth place in the final standings of the 2012 Formula 3 Euro Series, will be driving a ThreeBond Nissan powered car, just like his team-mate Richard ‘Spike’ Goddard, who won the National Class in British Formula 3 last year.

Dutch team Van Amersfoort Racing will run 19-year-old Zandvoort-based Dutch driver Dennis van de Laar and equally old Swede Mans Grenhagen this season. As a rookie driver, Van de Laar got experience in the German Formula 3 Cup, while Grenhagen ended up third in the European Open F3.

Italian team Eurointernational is graduating from German F3 into the European Championship and secured itself the services of experienced Brit Tom Blomqvist. Blomqvist’s team from last year, ma-con, is relying on German youngsters: 17‑year-old André Rudersdorf won the Trophy classification of the ATS Formula 3 Cup in 2012, 21-year-old Sven Müller is returning to the Brandenburg-based team after one season with Prema. Lucas Wolf will be racing a Mercedes-Dallara with URD Rennsport while Jo Zeller will be running a car for his son Sandro Zeller.

Michela Cerruti is the second lady racer in the field. The 26-year-old Italian already caught attention in touring cars and will be competing for points with a Formula 3 car for Romeo Ferraris’s team in 2013.

The FIA Formula 3 European Championship season opener will take place at the Italian Grand Prix circuit of Monza, together with the FIA WTCC (23-24 March). Prior to that, drivers and teams will meet in Barcelona (8-9 March) and Monza (18-19 March) for a total of four official test days.

F3EC

Pascal Wehrlein

MÜCKE MOTORSPORT 2013 WITH PASCAL WEHRLEIN…

The German team Mücke Motorsport announced Pascal Wehrlein as its third driver for the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. The 18-year old German finished last season at Formula 3 Euro Series as vice champion and best rookie. The young pilot, supported by the ADAC Stiftung Sport and Deutsche Post Speed Academy, is associated to Mücke Motorsport since 2010. After his overall win at the ADAC Formula Masters in 2011 he advanced to Formula 3 last year.

“We are happy to continue the successful collaboration with Pascal in 2013 like the last three years,“ says Team Principal Peter Mücke. “And I am very happy to see Pascal developing pretty well in our team. The rookie championship and the surprising vice championship title last year are a great proof of this fact.”

“I am really looking forward to take the next step with Mücke Motorsport. Especially at the second half of last year’s season we have been the strongest team. It sure will be an advantage to enter the new season with a well-rehearsed team,“ says Pascal Wehrlein.

Wehrlein as well as his team-mates Roy Nissany and Mitchell Gilbert will battle at the wheel of a Dallara Mercedes. “Now we have three promising drivers for the Formula 3 European Championship for the 2013 season. The trio will be able to bring each other forward,“ summarizes Peter Mücke.

F3 Euro Series

Felix Rosenqvist provisionally on front row

First qualifying for the Macau Grand Prix turned into a very close battle: with an advantage of only 0,02 seconds, António Félix da Costa (Carlin, 2:13.400 minutes) beat his main rival Felix Rosenqvist (Mücke Motorsport, 2:13.420 minutes). At the 6.12 kilometres long street circuit in the former Portuguese colony, the Swede was the best-placed driver from the ranks of the Formula 3 Euro Series, which brought a total of five drivers into the top ten.

Euro Series drivers Carlos Sainz (Carlin, 2:13.421 minutes) in third place, Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam, 2:13.800 minutes) in fifth, Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam, 2:14.266 minutes) in eighth and Pascal Wehrlein (Mücke Motorsport, 2:14.397 minutes), who was tenth, also made it into the top ten.

Qualifying had to be interrupted for a few minutes following a collision by Andrea Roda (Jo Zeller Racing, 2:18.140 minutes) in the closing stages. The two drivers of the Van Amersfoort team, Dennis van de Laar (2:19.335 minutes) and Lucas Auer (2:16.845 minutes) had also run into the barriers before that. For them, as well as for Roda, qualifying was over.

Felix Rosenqvist (Mücke Motorsport): “With my first set of tyres, I was third, which was actually quite good. In my second attempt with fresh tyres, I got a good slipstream at the start, but I made many little mistakes in the second sector and therefore I already wanted to abort this attempt. Fortunately, however, I continued to attack and I was happy in hindsight, because this turned out to be my fastest lap. Basically, we are in contention for pole position here, but in Macau, the starting grid position isn’t that important. When you are on one of the first four rows, it is normally okay.”

Carlos Sainz (Carlin): “At the end, I did a very good lap, although the tyres were already quite worn. In qualifying, I slowly worked my way to the limit. At the moment, I am third, which in Macau is sometimes even better than being on pole position.”