Pascal Wehrlein will take the wheel of the sixth Mercedes-Benz the 2013 DTM season.
Significant interest from guest drivers is expected for the other Formula 3 Euro Series’ events as well.
When the starting lights will turn to green for next weekend’s season opener at Hockenheim, twenty up-and-coming young drivers from ten countries will start into the new season at the 4.574 kilometres long race track in the province of Baden-Württemberg and battle for the first classifications as well as the succession of reigning champion Roberto Merhi, who has graduated into the DTM.
New Mercedes-Benz DTM Junior Team for 2012 consisting of Roberto Merhi, Christian Vietoris and Robert Wickens
Successful Mercedes-Benz Junior Team of the 1990s featuring Michael Schumacher, Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Karl Wendlinger to serve as model. Mercedes-Benz youth development as stepping stone to Formula One and DTM: Eight out of 24 F1 drivers in 2012 and five out of nine Mercedes-Benz DTM drivers in 2011 previously competed in Formula 3 in a Mercedes-powered car.
Today, Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam) celebrated the biggest victory of his motorsport career to date.
At the 6.12 kilometres long Guia Circuit, the Spaniard won the 58th Macau Grand Prix, one of the world’s most prestigious Formula 3 races. After an action-packed race, Marco Wittmann (Signature) finished third behind Felipe Nasr (Carlin). Thus, a driver from the Formula 3 Euro Series wins the race in the former Portuguese colony for the third year in a row.
Starting from pole position, Marco Wittmann only had to battle for his position in the first run up to the Lisboa corner
Marco Wittmann (Signature) has won the qualification race for the 58th Macau Grand Prix, which is scheduled to take place on Sunday at 15.30 h local time (8.30 h CET). At the 6.12 kilometres long Guia circuit, the German Euro Series’ driver finished ahead of Felipe Nasr (Carlin) and Formula 3 Euro Series’ Champion Roberto Merhi (Prema Powerteam), who finished second and third respectively. Six drivers from the Formula 3 Euro Series scored a top ten finish.
58th Macau Grand Prix qualifying report
In second qualifying for the 58th Macau Grand Prix, that took place in dry conditions, Marco Wittmann (Signature, 2:12.790 minutes) came out on top. This year’s runner-up of the Formula 3 Euro Series only came to the fore in the final seconds of a thrilling qualifying session, toppling Euro Series’ champion Roberto Merhi (Prema Powerteam, 2:12.854 minutes), who ended up second. At the 6.12 kilometres long Guia Circuit in the former Portuguese colony, the two Formula 3 Euro Series’ drivers were separated by only 0.064 seconds.
The two sides of fortune have been apparent at the start of the 58th Macau Grand Prix for Roberto Merhi.
The Prema driver flew around the Chinese street track to take provisional pole position in first qualifying, becoming the first Spaniard in history to achieve the feat. But the day ended on the receiving end of a severe grid penalty for Saturday’s opening race.
Roberto Merhi already moved up to the top of the time sheets at the start of the first qualifying session.
Roberto Merhi (Prema Powerteam, 2:28.860 minutes), the reigning Formula 3 Euro Series champion, showed off his skills in first qualifying for the 58th Macau Grand Prix. At the rain-soaked 6.12 kilometres long Guia circuit, the Spaniard set the fastest time from Marco Wittmann (Signature, 2:30.535 minutes) and Felipe Nasr (Carlin, 2:30.639 minutes).
Jazeman Jaafar races close to home at the Macau Grand Prix
This weekend, the planet’s best Formula 3 drivers will compete in a very special event: the Macau Grand Prix. This year, the prestigious race also represents the final round of ’FIA Formula 3 International Trophy’ that was won early by Roberto Merhi (Prema Powerteam).
In the end, there was just one statistic where he didn’t prevail
Roberto Merhi (Prema Powerteam) did not only win the 2011 Formula 3 Euro Series title but also secured the top position in nearly every season statistic: He won more races than anybody else, secured more podiums than any other driver, clinched the biggest number of poles for the first and the third races – and the biggest number of fastest race laps also was set by the Prema driver.
Roberto Merhi (Prema Powerteam) completed the best season of his motorsport career to date with a victory.
In the Formula 3 Euro Series finale at the 4.574 kilometres long Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg, the already-crowned champion from Spain won from the best rookie Nigel Melker (Mücke Motorsport) and Daniel Juncadella (Mücke Motorsport).
“I am happy to have won my first race in the Formula 3 Euro Series” – Rosenqvist
Masters winner Felix Rosenqvist (Mücke Motorsport) had to wait a long time before he could finally celebrate a victory in the Formula 3 Euro Series as well. In the 26th season round at the 4.574 kilometres long Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg, he took the chequered flag in first place. Champion Roberto Merhi (Prema Powerteam) came home second ahead of Daniel Abt (Signature).
“My start was one of the best of the year” – Merhi
Roberto Merhi (Prema Powerteam) won the 25th season round of the Formula 3 Euro Series at the 4.574 kilometres long Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg, just ahead of Felix Rosenqvist (Mücke Motorsport), celebrating his tenth victory of the season. Moreover, he helped his Prema Powerteam win this year’s teams’ title.
Although he is already champion, Roberto Merhi (Prema Powerteam, 1:31.693 minutes) didn’t let go in the finale.
In Formula 3 Euro Series qualifying at Hockenheim, he drove the fastest race lap. Felix Rosenqvist (Mücke Motorsport, 1:31.783 minutes) was only 0.09 seconds slower at the 4.574 kilometres long Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg. Novice Carlos Sainz jr. (Signature, 1:32.022 minutes) surprised by ending up third in his maiden Euro Series qualifying ahead of Daniel Abt (Signature, 1:32.126 minutes).
Farewell Kumho – new tyre and series partner from 2012
Roberto Merhi (Prema Powerteam) may look forward to a relaxed season finale as he can contest the final rounds of the 2011 Formula 3 Euro Series season at the 4.574-kilometre Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg without having to cope with any pressure: after all, the Spaniard succeeded in winning the title as early as on the penultimate race weekend of the season, at Valencia.
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