Jules Bianchi wins F3 Euro Series championship with Mercedes engine * Jules Bianchi wraps up F3 title race ahead of final race weekend in Hockenheim * Sixth Formula 3 Euro Series championship in succession for Mercedes-Benz * Previous five...
Jules Bianchi wins F3 Euro Series championship with Mercedes engine
* Jules Bianchi wraps up F3 title race ahead of final race weekend in Hockenheim
* Sixth Formula 3 Euro Series championship in succession for Mercedes-Benz
* Previous five champions for Mercedes-Benz in series now all competing in Formula One or DTM (Formula One: Lewis Hamilton and Romain Grosjean, with Nico Hulkenberg due to join them in 2010; DTM: Jamie Green and Paul Di Resta)
Jules Bianchi driving for the French Mercedes partner team of ART Grand Prix has won the 2009 Formula 3 Euro Series championship. On the penultimate race weekend of the season staged in Dijon (France), the 20-year-old Frenchman in his Dallara Mercedes Formula 3 car clinched the title by finishing in P2 and P1. The M271 engine supplied by Mercedes-Benz delivers over 200 horsepower and was developed by Mercedes-Benz partner company HWA AG from the four-cylinder engine that goes into the standard C-Class and E-Class Mercedes.
Six championship titles for Mercedes-Benz in succession
As Formula 3 Euro Series champion, Bianchi is following in the footsteps of Formula One drivers Nico Hulkenberg (2008), Romain Grosjean (2007), Mercedes-Benz DTM driver Paul Di Resta (2006), Vodafone McLaren Mercedes star and reigning Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton (2005), and Mercedes-Benz DTM driver Jamie Green (2004).
Since 2004, every season in this most successful of all training grounds for Formula One has been contested by six automotive constructors.
Between 2004 and 2009, the title has always gone to a car powered by a Mercedes-Benz engine. Mercedes-Benz were victorious in 109 out of 138 races, claimed pole position in 82 of them and posted 116 fastest laps. When Bianchi won the seventh race of the current season in Zandvoort, he registered the 100th victory for a Mercedes-Benz powered car in the Formula 3 Euro Series.
Springboard to Formula One and DTM
The Formula 3 Euro Series, which now forms part of the supporting programme on DTM race weekends, was inaugurated in the year 2003 as the result of a merger between the German and the French Formula 3 championships. Within a very short period of time, it became the best springboard for Formula One and DTM.
The 2009 line-up of Formula One drivers includes eleven (55%) who earned their spurs in the Formula 3 Euro Series. Alongside Vodafone McLaren Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton, the list of former successful drivers in the Formula 3 Euro Series who were powered by Mercedes-Benz includes Sebastian Vettel, Adrian Sutil, Sebastien Buemi, Robert Kubica, Romain Grosjean and Kazuki Nakajima.
In last weekend's Japanese GP, the four drivers making up the two front rows on the grid all learned their trade in either the German or European Formula 3 series.