Back to Hockenheim Following the season kick-off held in late April at Hockenheim, the ATS Formula 3 Cup is going to hold a race weekend on the German GP circuit for the second time, this year. On 14th and 15th June, the rich in tradition German...
Back to Hockenheim
Following the season kick-off held in late April at Hockenheim, the ATS Formula 3 Cup is going to hold a race weekend on the German GP circuit for the second time, this year. On 14th and 15th June, the rich in tradition German racetrack will be the venue of the seventh and eighth round of the season. With this event, the season of the fastest German single-seater series is approaching the halftime of its 9-event and 18-race calendar.
Currently, an Italian driver holds the championship lead: Matteo Chinosi. The 19-year old from Pavia succeeded in scoring a particular big number of points at the Nurburgring: there, he scored 20 of the 24 points available. Now, the driver of the dark blue Dallara Mugen-Honda is the dominant championship leader. "Following my rather moderate Oschersleben weekend where I had to make do with a third place, the success in the Eifel came just in time," says Chinosi. "I even secured both pole positions."
Nonetheless, it has to be admitted that the experienced Italian who already has got a year of ATS Formula 3 Cup experience as Ombra Racing driver under his belt benefited from the rather poor performance of Gerhard Tweraser. Throughout the Nurburgring weekend, the 19-year old from Spielberg never got really going and therefore had to leave the Nurburgring for his native Austria without having clinched a podium finish. Consequently, he dropped back from second to fourth championship position.
At the same time, Frederic Vervisch did clearly better. Last year's runner-up seems to finally find his form: in the past three ATS Formula 3 Cup races, the Belgian finished third, second and first. "Those who had already believed that we wouldn't be factor, this season, have made a mistake," adds Chinosi. "With Swiss Racing Team I am racing for an experienced squad and I'm keen on winning the title - anything else wouldn't be a success."
For Sebastian Saavedra, returning to the Hockenheimring means returning to the venue of his biggest success to date. On his maiden Formula 3 weekend, the Colombian clinched a pole position and clocked a fastest race lap. "Hadn't I mulled both starts I even could have secured a podium finish," the 18-year old stresses. And adds: "This time, I'm going to make better starts."
In the rookie ranking, the situation is just as close as in the ATS Formula 3 Cup were the leader and the third placed driver are split by just 15 points. Federico Leo, the current rookie-ranking leader, has got 14 points more on his tally than third-placed Sergey Chukanov. And in the ATS Formula 3 Trophy, the lead of Marco Oberhauser over his Austrian compatriot Bernd Herndlhofer holding the runner-up position amounts to one point only. While the situation is far clearer when it comes to the AvD Speed Cup: with three pole positions and two fastest race laps, Sebastian Saavedra is the dominant leader in this ranking.