Montreal, Canada, October 22, 2003 -- Canadian race car driver Bruno Spengler came within two kilometres of winning his first Formula 3 race two weeks ago in Hockenheim, Germany in front of 50,000 spectators present to watch the German DTM finale.
Montreal, Canada, October 22, 2003 -- Canadian race car driver Bruno Spengler came within two kilometres of winning his first Formula 3 race two weeks ago in Hockenheim, Germany in front of 50,000 spectators present to watch the German DTM finale. Having taken the start of the race on wet tires when the track was drying, Spengler drove brilliantly, without making a mistake until the Safety Car took the track, reducing his lead from 12 seconds to zero. At the restart, the 19-year old Mercedes-Benz driver continued to control the race but during the last lap, he was passed by five competitors whose cars were fitted with slick tires. "I watched the replay of the race on television and I feel better now," Spengler said yesterday. "We took the right decision in starting the race on wet tires. My plan was to get away out in front and build such an advantage so I could slow down when the track would dry. Unfortunately, the Safety Car ruined everything. I am ready for the Magny-Cours race as I just spent one week of physical preparation in Austria with the trainer of the Mercedes-Benz team."
Bruno Spengler and the other 30 drivers of the F3 Euro Series will conclude the season in Magny-Cours, France this weekend. In Hockenheim, Spengler scored enough points to move up one position in the drivers' standings, climbing from 10th to ninth place despite having missed the first three races (six heats) of the season. And Spengler can made additional progress in the standings as the four drivers who preceed him are separated by just seven points.
Spengler knows the layout of the Magny-Cours Grand Prix circuit. "I contested two races there in the Formula Renault 2000 Series but that was on the old track," the Mercedes-Benz driver explained. "I will have to learn the last few corners but that's no problem." As it was the case in Hockenheim, unpredictable weather could play a crucial role. "It could be raining this weekend but one thing's for sure: it's going to be cold!" Spengler forecasted. "We'll have to adjust tire pressures to increase grip. I found it very satisfying to lead the race in Hockenheim. I was relaxed and fully focused in the car. This time in Magny-Cours, I want to cross the finish line in first place."
Magny-Cours, France (Grand Prix circuit, 4.251 km)
Friday, October 24: free practice and qualifying for Race 2
Saturday, October 25: qualifying for Race 1, Race 1 in the afternoon
Sunday, October 26: Race 2 in the morning