Wolfsburg (09 March 2009). Volkswagen will contest the 2009 Formula 3 Euro Series with three strong teams and an international drivers' line-up. In addition to the proven customer team Signature from France, the renowned British squad of Carlin ...
Wolfsburg (09 March 2009). Volkswagen will contest the 2009 Formula 3 Euro Series with three strong teams and an international drivers' line-up. In addition to the proven customer team Signature from France, the renowned British squad of Carlin Motorsport as well as the newly founded racing team of Kolles & Heinz Union from Trier are banking on the powerplants from Wolfsburg that deliver about 210 hp. Seven success-hungry juniors from at least six nations -- some of them with previous Formula 3 experience and others stepping up from feeder series -- will be at the wheel of the Dallara F309 Volkswagen cars. The Finn Mika Maki, the Frenchman Jean Karl Vernay and Tiago Geronimi from Brazil will compete for Signature. The New Zealander Brandon Hartley and the American Jake Rosenzweig will drive for Carlin, the Dutchman Carlo van Dam will occupy one of the Kolles & Heinz Union cockpits; the second one is still vacant.
"On the side of the teams and drivers we've clearly augmented our line-up for the Formula 3 Euro Series. We're placing our trust in three highly competent teams, a great drivers' squad as well as in the competitiveness of our evolution Volkswagen engine," says Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen. "2008 was a good year of learning for us. With three victories, ten additional podium positions and Edoardo Mortara's vice champion's title, the year was an even greater success than we'd expected. Our goal for 2009 is to regularly compete for victory and to be able to again fight for the title."
Title candidates and newcomers "powered by Volkswagen"
The mix makes the difference: in addition to candidates for the title, the Wolfsburg brand's line-up includes some real newcomers. The Red Bull Juniors Mika Maki (21 years of age), who looks back on a brilliant debut season with two victories in 2008, and 19-year-old Brendon Hartley, who was a serious contender for the title in Great Britain for a long time last year, have set their sights on the fight for the championship. The same is true for 21-year-old Jean Karl Vernay, who has the experience of two seasons and several podium positions in the Formula 3 Euro Series under his belt, as well as for Carlo van Dam. After clinching the titles in the 2007 German ATS Formula 3 Cup and the Japanese Formula 3 Championship, the 23-year-old plans to have his say when it comes to awarding the Formula 3 Euro Series title.
The rookies in the European championship include Tiago Geronimi (20 years of age), who is taking the big step from Formula BMW up to Formula 3, as well as the 19-year-old American Jake Rosenzweig, who is stepping up from Formula Renault. The second cockpit at Kolles & Heinz Union is still vacant. During test drives over the next few weeks several candidates will have the chance to prove their skills. The 2009 season featuring ten race weekends with two rounds each held in conjunction with the popular DTM will start at Hockenheim on 16/17 May.