Lewis Hamilton Wins Race and Formula 3 Euro Series Championship The French ASM team's Dallara Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has won the 16th round of the Formula 3 Euro Series at Zandvoort and claimed the 2005 Championship's title with four...
Lewis Hamilton Wins Race and Formula 3 Euro Series Championship
The French ASM team's Dallara Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has won the 16th round of the Formula 3 Euro Series at Zandvoort and claimed the 2005 Championship's title with four races to go. After 19 laps, Hamilton achieved his 11th victory of the season and extended his lead to 130 points, 49 points ahead of his team mate Adrian Sutil who finished 11th after a first-lap off today and remains second overall. A maximum of 44 points can be won by a driver until the final race at Hockenheim on 23 October. It is the second consecutive Formula 3 title for the Mercedes-Benz engine M271 developed from the production engine of the C- and E-Class after Jamie Green scored last year's championship also here at Zandvoort.
Race 1: For the 11th time this year Hamilton started from pole position and accelerated into an immediate lead. Sutil, second in qualifying, tried to pass his team mate on the outside at the first corner. Their cars tangled and went off. Both ASM drivers retired. The Safety Car was deployed until the end of the fourth lap. At the re-start, Paul di Resta passed Vettel before the start line to take second and therefore received a drive-through penalty. Afterwards Vettel was second again and finished the race in this position. His Mucke Motorsport team mate Atila Abreu came home fifth and achieved his best Formula 3 result so far. Hannes Neuhauser ended up seventh.
Race 2: Starting again from pole position, Hamilton remained first after the first corner this time and opened a gap to the rest of the field. However, he had a problem with the steering since the formation lap and also suffered from a problem with the rear suspension later in the race. Vettel, fourth on the grid, passed Giedo van der Garde (Dallara-Opel) at the beginning of lap eight and was second. The Mucke Motorsport driver reduced the gap behind Hamilton to one second and finished second. Sutil, third in qualifying, had an off on the first lap and ended up 11th.
Lewis Hamilton (ASM): "It's a fantastic feeling and I'm really happy. Our team did a great job all year. It was a difficult race as I had a problem with the steering from the beginning. In the closing stages also something with the rear suspension was wrong, therefore I was not able to push as hard as I wanted. So I'm really satisfied that I was able to achieve the title win today."
Norbert Haug, Vice President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport: "Congratulations to Lewis Hamilton on his title win. He is the driver of the year with 11 victories out of 16 races so far. Congratulation to Frederic Vasseur and the ASM team on their second championship in a row. They deserved to win the first team championship. Together with our Formula One partner McLaren, we support Lewis since 1998. His title win is also a success for our concept of supporting young talents."