Nurburgring: ASM race notes

ASM made a major step forward towards the Euro Series F3 Drivers' and Teams' Championships this weekend on the Nürburgring, for the 7th meeting of the 2005 season. Adrian Sutil and Lewis Hamilton in fact both planed flags of victory atop the ...

ASM made a major step forward towards the Euro Series F3 Drivers' and Teams' Championships this weekend on the Nürburgring, for the 7th meeting of the 2005 season. Adrian Sutil and Lewis Hamilton in fact both planed flags of victory atop the summit on the Eifel Massif, the German driver on Saturday, and the Briton in Sunday's race.

A double success which seemed long in coming after the free sessions and qualifying, where ASM's Dallara-Mercedes positioned themselves on the second row of the starting grid for the first race, leaving the front row to the duo from Manor Motorsport.

Thanks to a start taken on his hubcaps in the first race, Adrian nevertheless managed to shield himself from attacks after the first meters of the race, and avoided a scramble that was fatal to his teammate, long delayed after a collision between Paul Di Resta in the first lap. Starting from the underworld of the classification, Lewis managed to climb to 12th position at the price of a beautiful comeback, while Adrian ensured himself his second victory of the season with dexterity and nerves of steel, fighting off attacks by Lucas Di Grassi, whom he had overtaken after the first corner.

The second race was more straightforward for the leader of the championship, despite treacherous track conditions, as the rain had made a few occasional appearances on the Nürburgring, not long before the lights went out, releasing the racers on the second race of the weekend. Driving an impeccable run, Lewis quickly took to the front, before establishing a significant lead over his pursuers, whom he was head and shoulders above until the checkered flag, that he took with an almost 20 second lead over the nearest competitor. Once in second, Adrian went off the slippery track once, but he managed to make it to the third step on the podium, which enables him, with 81 points, or 28 more than his next closest competitor, to-, shore up his second place standing in the overall classification. With 118 points on the counter, and after his 10th win of the year, Lewis Hamilton put on his seven-league boots to get closer to the title after the Nürburgring. With a 98 point lead over 2nd place in the Teams' Championship, ASM can also take a few days of well-deserved rest, before getting ready for the upcoming metings with the same determination they had at the start of the year.

Frédéric Vasseur:

Our satisfaction is two-fold. On one hand we strengthened our places in the championship, for both Lewis and Adrian, leader and 2nd place respectively in the Driver's rankings, but also ASM's lead in the Teams classification too, and also because the whole team was abe to react and rack up two more wins, which did not look like they were in the cards at the start of the weekend. Lewis was imperial and impressive with ease in the second race, where he was sometimes 2 or 3 seconds faster than all his competitors on a rather treacherous track. Congratulations also go out to Adrian, who brought home his second win of the year after a very fine race.

Lewis Hamilton:

Because of the changeable conditions with wet and dry sections, the race represented an extraordinary challenge. It was my goal to open the biggest possible gap as I didn't want too many risks, in the later stages of the race. Hence, I could watch the actions of my opponents in my mirrors. Now I'm looking forward to Zandvoort and I'll give my very best to increase my Formula Euro Series Championship lead, there.

Adrian Sutil:

I'm delighted to have won the race -- my 2nd of the year - from fourth position on the grid. That's a fantastic result and a great reward for all the hard work. I didn't make a mistake in race 1 in spite of being continuously pressurised by Lucas, hence, I think I deserved to win.

In the beginning it looked as if it would turn out to be a simple race on Sunday. But that changed, all of a sudden, when it started to rain. I made a mistake and lost my second position. It's a pity as a better result would have been possible today.

-www.asm-f3.com

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Series F3 Europe
Drivers Lewis Hamilton , Adrian Sutil , Frederic Vasseur
Teams Manor Racing