Montreal, Canada, December 15, 2003 -- Just three weeks after Mercedes-Benz Motorsport announced the extension of their contract with Canadian race car driver Bruno Spengler, the German car manufacturer confirmed today that they put Spengler in a...
Montreal, Canada, December 15, 2003 -- Just three weeks after Mercedes-Benz Motorsport announced the extension of their contract with Canadian race car driver Bruno Spengler, the German car manufacturer confirmed today that they put Spengler in a top Formula 3 team -- Mucke Motorsport - for the 2004 Euro Formula 3 Series.
As part of the Mercedes-Benz Junior Team and the ASM team in 2003, the twenty-year old Canadian driver scored three podium finishes and led a race despite having missed the opening three races of the season because of a broken back. Despite the very demanding conditions, Spengler impressed the managers of Mercedes-Benz by his speed in qualifying, his coolness during the races, his talent to pass other competitors, his ability to discuss with the engineers and his knowledge of three languages.
Mercedes-Benz decided to put Spengler with Mucke Motorsport -- a race team based in Berlin, Germany. In 2003, Mucke Motorsport was the best placed Mercedes-Benz-powered team in the Euro F3 Series, having secured second place in the final standings with Austrian Christian Klien -- the new Formula 1 driver - and fourth place with German Markus Winkelhock. "Mucke Motorsport is one of the best -- if not the best -- Formula 3 team around," said Spengler. "Peter Mucke and I talked on a regular basis in 2003 and we developed an excellent relationship. He wanted me in his team but the final decision had to come from Mercedes-Benz. I cannot say how delighted I am to be part of such a highly professional team. Mucke Motorsport and Mercedes-Benz will give me the tools to win races in the most competitive Formula 3 series in the world."
Spengler in now back in Canada after ten days of testing aboard his new Dallara- Mercedes Benz single seater.
The Mercedes-Benz Junior Team is designed to give seven international drivers the best chances to move up the motor sport ladder and maybe reach the pinnacle of racing - Formula 1 - in a not too distant future. The Euro Formula 3 Series provides the best up and coming young drivers with the unique chance to compete in an extremely competitive environment. Many current Formula 1 stars have raced Formula 3 at one point in their career, drivers such as Michael and Ralf Schumacher, Juan Pablo Montoya, Rubens Barrichello, Jenson Button, David Coulthard and Jacques Villeneuve. Five major car manufacturers - namely Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Toyota, Renault and Opel - supply two-litre, 215-horsepower, four-cylinder engines to the F3 teams.