Two Victories for Euro Series Champion Lewis Hamilton The French ASM team's Dallara Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton crowned his season with two victories in the final round of the 2005 Formula 3 Euro Series at Hockenheim. Hamilton, who had...
Two Victories for Euro Series Champion Lewis Hamilton
The French ASM team's Dallara Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton crowned his season with two victories in the final round of the 2005 Formula 3 Euro Series at Hockenheim. Hamilton, who had clinched the Formula 3 Euro Series Championship already eight weeks ago at Zandvoort, achieved his 14th and 15th race wins of the year. He ended the season with a total of 172 points ahead of his team mate Adrian Sutil with 94. Lucas di Grassi in a Manor Motorsport Dallara Mercedes is third overall with 68 points. The drivers with the Mercedes-Benz Formula 3 engine M271 developed from the production engine of the C- and E-Class have won 18 out of the season's 20 races, achieved 19 out 20 pole positions and 42 out 60 podium finishes.
Race 1: Starting from pole position, Hamilton accelerated into an immediate lead ahead of di Grassi whilst Maximilian Gotz who replaced Sutil in the ASM Dallara Mercedes dropped from third to fourth. On lap seven, Gotz passed Franck Perera (Dallara-Opel) to take third place. After 17 laps, Hamilton won 14.230sec ahead of di Grassi and Gotz. Sebastian Vettel who started eighth was hit by another car at the first corner and then tangled with Giedo van der Garde at the hairpin. Vettel pitted to have his nosecone replaced and resumed in last place. On lap 10 he posted the fastest lap of the race (1:47.439) and finally ended up 14th.
Race 2: Again Hamilton started from pole position - his 13th of the year. He took the lead ahead of Guillaume Moreau (Dallara-Opel) and van der Garde who later received a drive-through penalty for jump start. On lap six, Vettel passed Gotz and improved to third. Di Grassi, second in qualifying, made a poor start and was hit by Dallara Mercedes driver Atila Abreu (Mucke Motorsport) at the second corner. Abreu retired whilst di Grassi resumed the race. The Brazilian retired on lap 12 with a broken right rear suspension. On lap 16, Paul di Resta made a mistake under braking at the hairpin and hit Gotz who was in forth place. Both retired in the pits. After 18 laps, Hamilton won ahead of Moreau and Vettel. Hannes Neuhauser (HBR/Dallara Mercedes) came home seventh.
Lewis Hamilton (ASM): "Two victories in the final races are the perfect end of a great season. In both heats I didn't experience any problems. I thank everybody in the team who made this success happen."
Sebastian Vettel (Mucke Motorsport): "I'm really happy about my podium finish today. I improved by one place right at the start and on lap six I was able to pass Maximilian Gotz:"
Norbert Haug, Vice President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport: "Congratulations to Lewis Hamilton and the ASM team on an extraordinary season. 15 wins by Hamilton and two more by runner-up Adrian Sutil in 20 races are the result of an excellent job by everybody in the team. These victories are also a success for our concept of supporting young talents and prove the competitiveness of our Formula 3 engine developed from the production engine of the C- and E-Class."