Montreal, Canada, August 9, 2003 -- Bruno Spengler, the Canadian race car driver from Saint-Hyppolite, Quebec will take the start of the prestigious and hotly contested Formula 3 Master in 24th place, having set the 12th fastest time of his group...
Montreal, Canada, August 9, 2003 -- Bruno Spengler, the Canadian race car driver from Saint-Hyppolite, Quebec will take the start of the prestigious and hotly contested Formula 3 Master in 24th place, having set the 12th fastest time of his group this afternoon on the circuit of Zandvoort in Holland. The Formula 3 Master is a non-championship event for the best F3 drivers from around the world.
A member of the Mercedes-Benz Junior Team and a driver of the French ASM team, Spengler had to learn the track layout this morning while setting up his race car. "I progressed a lot over the course of the day but I am still a little uncomfortable behind the wheel because the lack of track time I had in the car since my crash in March," said Spengler. "I set my fastest lap during the final moments of the last track session. Because we are more than 50 competitors, we are split into two groups. I was part of the fastest group and I set the 12th time. If I'd set the same time in the other group, I would have been 6th ! So tomorrow, I will take the start of the race in 24th position and there will be slower drivers in front of me."
Spengler, 19, will start the race on the same row as Nico Rosberg, the son of 1982 F1 World Champion Keke Rosberg. Another famous son of a World Champion, Nelson A. Piquet will start from pole position. "The level of competition is extremely strong. I am 24th on the grid but I am just 8/10ths of a second away from pole position," said the Canadian driver. "I think I have a good car for the race. It is fast. It's just a matter of refining the set-up. There will be crashes and pile ups during the race -- that's for sure. My goal is to slice through the field without doing driving mistakes."
The 20 slowest drivers will not take part in the race.