Two Victories for Lewis Hamilton in the Season's Highlight The French ASM team's Dallara Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won both races of the Formula 3 Euro Series at Monte Carlo which are the season's highlight for the up and coming talents.
Two Victories for Lewis Hamilton in the Season's Highlight
The French ASM team's Dallara Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won both races of the Formula 3 Euro Series at Monte Carlo which are the season's highlight for the up and coming talents. On Friday, Hamilton came home ahead of his team mate Adrian Sutil and Loic Duval (Dallara-Opel). On Saturday, he won ahead of Duval and Franck Perera (Dallara-Opel). Within 14 days, the drivers in the Euro Series have completed six of their most challenging races this year: two each at the street circuits of Pau and Monaco, two at the difficult circuit of Spa-Francorchamps. Hamilton has won five of these six races with Sutil winning one. The drivers with the Mercedes-Benz Formula 3 engine M271 developed from the production engine of the C- and E-Class have won seven of the season's eight races so far. Hamilton leads the championship with 69 points ahead of Rossiter (Dallara-Opel) with 45 and Sutil with 43 points.
Race 1: Hamilton started from his fifth pole position this season and maintained his lead until the chequered flag after 18 laps. Sutil, second in qualifying, followed his team mate closely and set the fastest lap of the race with a 1:28.017 on the penultimate lap. However, he was not able to overtake on the narrow street circuit and Sutil finished second 0.177sec behind Hamilton. The Manor Motorsport team's Dallara Mercedes drivers Lucas di Grassi and Paul di Resta came home seventh and eighth respectively. The Safety Car was deployed from laps seven to nine after Thomas Holzer (Dallara-Opel) had crashed into the barrier.
Race 2: As there was only one qualifying for both races in Monte Carlo, Hamilton started again from pole position. At the start, he accelerated into an immediate lead ahead of Sutil who followed him with a gap between two and three seconds. On lap 14, Hamilton made a mistake after the Swimming Pool complex and touched the barrier. However, he continued in the lead with Sutil now close behind him. On lap 18, the German slid into the barrier at St. Devote and retired. Hamilton won with 7.644sec ahead of Duval and Perera. Di Grassi and di Resta ended up sixth and seventh respectively. Atila Abreu in a Mucke Motorsport Dallara Mercedes spun on lap 19 and came home 12th. His team mate Sebastian Vettel retired on lap 20 due to an accident.
Lewis Hamilton (ASM): "It's fantastic to win both races here at Monaco. Adrian put a lot of pressure on me, particularly on Friday, therefore it have been tough races. It was a very successful weekend for me and the ASM team and I thank everybody for their great efforts."
Adrian Sutil (ASM): " I'm satisfied with Friday's race and I confirmed my performance with the fastest lap of the race. Today I always closed the gap behind Lewis under braking. On lap 18 I braked too hard at St. Devote, lost control and hit the barrier with the rear."
Norbert Haug, Vice President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport: "Congratulations to Lewis Hamilton, Adrian Sutil and the ASM team. They have a good run and won all six races within the last 14 days which were probably the most demanding in the championship. This performance is a good result for support of young talents and our Formula 3 engine developed from the C- and E-Class."
Race 1 -- Pole Position: Lewis Hamilton, 1:28.593 - fastest lap: Adrian Sutil, 1:28.017 (lap 17)
Race 2 - Pole Position: Lewis Hamilton, 1:28.593 - fastest lap: Lewis Hamilton, 1:28.797 (lap 9)
Overall ranking after 8 out of 20 races: 1. Hamilton, 69; 2. Rossiter, 45; 3. Sutil, 43; 4. Duval, 39; 5. Perera, 20; 6. di Grassi, 17; 7. Carbone, 16; 8. Moreau, 12; 9. Hirate, 9; 10. van der Garde, die Resta, 8; 12. Bonanomi, Vettel, Gotz, 6; 15. Guerrieri, 5; 16. Antinucci, 3; 17. Zwolsman, Franchi, 2; 19. Abreu, 1.