Canadian Bruno Spengler remains with Mercedes-Benz for another season Montreal, Canada, November 20, 2003 -- The motor sport division of German car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz announced today in Stuttgart, Germany that they extended their...
Canadian Bruno Spengler remains with Mercedes-Benz for another season
Montreal, Canada, November 20, 2003 -- The motor sport division of German car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz announced today in Stuttgart, Germany that they extended their contract with Canadian race car driver Bruno Spengler. Therefore, Spengler will remain in 2004 a member of the Mercedes-Benz Junior Team drivers development program.
In his maiden year in the hotly contested Euro Formula 3 Series, Spengler, now 20, stunned the experts and the fans by finishing three times on the podium despite having missed most of the pre-season testing because of a broken back. However, despite the serious lack of seat time and having missed the opening three rounds of the season, the young Canadian raced hard, climbing on the podium in only his fourth Formula 3 race. He ranked 10th in the final standings of the series with 34 points.
"Because of my injury, it has not been an easy year for me," said Spengler. "Most circuits were totally new to me because I missed some ten days of testing at the beginning of the year. That forced me to work extremely hard during each race weekend. I managed to finish three times on the podium and to lead a race. When I returned in action in June, I immediately ran at the front of the pack. I think the people at Mercedes-Benz Motorsport fully understood that despite the very difficult conditions I always gave my best. I am delighted that they extended my contract and offer me the chance to win races in the Euro Formula 3 Series."
The Mercedes-Benz Junior Team provides seven international drivers with the best chances to move up the motor sport ladder and maybe reach the pinnacle of motor sport - Formula 1 - in a not too distant future. In 2003, the Euro Formula 3 Series attracted some 34 drivers from 14 different countries, and staged 20 races over ten race weekends on famed road circuits such as Hockenheim, Pau, Le Mans, Zandvoort and Magny-Cours.
St-Hippolyte, Quebec's Bruno Spengler began today in Europe an intense winter testing program at the wheel of his Formula 3 car.