Dallara Mercedes driver Alexandre Premat won Sunday's eighth round of the Formula 3 Euro Series at Nuremberg's Norisring. After 35 laps, the Frenchman won his fifth Formula 3 race with 2.7sec ahead of Saturday's winner Robert Kubica (Dallara-Opel).
Dallara Mercedes driver Alexandre Premat won Sunday's eighth round of the Formula 3 Euro Series at Nuremberg's Norisring. After 35 laps, the Frenchman won his fifth Formula 3 race with 2.7sec ahead of Saturday's winner Robert Kubica (Dallara-Opel). It was the second Formula 3 race win for the Mercedes-Benz engine M271 and the first in this season. Premat had started both races from pole position. His ASM team mate Olivier Pla had finished Saturday's race in third place. He is third overall with 30 points, behind leader Ryan Briscoe (Dallara-Opel/59) and Timo Glock (Dallara-Opel/35). Premat improved from 13th to sixth overall with 18 points.
Race 1: After the start, Premat dropped from first to third whilst Pla took the lead ahead of Kubica. On lap 15, Pla was second ahead of Premat, when both came together following a misunderstading when Premat tried to pass his team mate. Premat retired with a damaged right front supension whilst Pla came home third achieving his fourth podium finish this season. Canadian Bruno Spengler, who made his race debut after a test accident before the season, was touched by Simon Abadie's car and retired from ninth place with a damaged tyre three laps from the end. Team Kolles driver Jan Heylen finished eleventh, his team mate Charles Zwolsman retired after a first-lap accident. Markus Winkelhock improved from 13th to ninth on the opening lap. After a coming-together with Alexandros Margaritis (Dallara-Opel), he retired with a tyre failure at the left rear. His Mücke team mate Christian Klien's race ended on lap 2 due to a damaged right front suspension after a collision with Timo Glock (Dallara-Opel).
Race 2: After a battle for the lead with Kubica on the opening lap, Premat led throughout the race. Pla fought for fifth place, but was pushed into the guard rail exiting the hairpin on lap nine by Briscoe, who himself was pushed by Alvaro Parente (Dallara-Mugen-Honda). All three retired. Winkelhock came home fifth, Zwolsman ended up ninth ahead of Klien, Heylen was 17th. Spengler retired on lap 22 due to the broken left rear suspension after a collision with Andreas Zuber (Dallara-Opel). Alexandre Premat (ASM): "I'm very happy about my first Formula 3 win. I pushed throughout to open a gap to Kubica. The Norisring's atmosphere is phantastic and was really motivating. The whole team deserved this victory for their hard work of the last couple of weeks."
Olivier Pla (ASM): "Saturday's accident with Alexandre was caused by a silly misunderstanding, but has cost me a better result. On Sunday, I fought hard for fifth place. Unfortunately, I retired due to an accident which wasn't my fault."
Norbert Haug, Vice President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport: "A good performance by Alexandre Premat. A well deserved win for the ASM team which has been close to it several times. This victory was overdue and it belongs to the whole team."