In the three races, the 30 young drivers were confronted with much varying weather conditions.
The FIA Formula 3 European Championship got its 2013 season onderway this weekend and entertained the spectators with three spectacular races.
Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) and Pascal Wehrlein (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) were the race winners of the season opener. Marciello leaves the 5.793 kilometres long Grand Prix circuit of Monza in Italy as the leader in the points’ standings.
In the three races, the 30 young drivers were confronted with much varying weather conditions. Both in the rain on Sunday and on the try asphalt the day before, Wehrlein and Marciello were setting the pace.
Wehrlein, who had his final appearance in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship at Monza before bowing out towards the DTM, had no chance in the dry against Prema driver Marciello.
The German, in turn, showed his skills in the rain during the second race and won from Marciello. “Bowing out with a victory is great. I had imagined my final weekend in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship just like this,” said a buoyant Wehrlein.
In race three, Italian Marciello had his revenge for this defeat against Wehrlein and ended up winning two races. The 18-year old protégé of the Ferrari Driver Academy was really satisfied after his pair of wins.
“I want to score points consistently this season, and with three podium finishes, I succeeded very well here. Now, Pascal is no longer racing in the European championship and therefore no rival in the battle for the title for me.”
Wehrlein and Marciello weren’t the only drivers making it into the limelight at Monza. Other junior drivers showed a strong performance as well. In the first race, Lucas Auer (Prema Powerteam) made it onto the podium after finishing second, while William Buller (ThreeBond with T-Sport) showed a great recovery which saw him move up from twelfth on the grid to finish fourth.
Tom Blomqvist (Eurointernational) shone with third place in the rain-soaked second race, in which Josh Hill (Fortec Motorsports) finished eighth. In the third race, marred by heavy rain, Alex Lynn the driver to shine next to Marciello and Wehrlein, the Brit claiming the final podium slot.
The next round of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship takes place at Silverstone in the UK from 12 till 14 April 2013.
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