After Italy, Great Britain twice and Germany, the FIA Formula 3 European Championship pitches its tent in Austria on the Red Bull Ring, the halfway mark of the 2013 season!
The races follow one another at a hectic pace in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship and maybe the cards are being reshuffled! At Brands Hatch Raffaele Marciello was put under pressure by his rivals, in particular his team-mates in the Prema Powerteam, Alex Lynn and Lucas Auer. But the Italian still has a commanding lead in the championship with 77.5 points in hand over Felix Rosenqvist (kfteile24 Mücke Motorsport).
Alex Lynn clinched his first three pole positions on home turf at this level of racing followed by his first victory in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. Without his retirement in the third race the Englishman would have had a perfect weekend. In fact, it was his team-mate Lucas Auer who bagged the biggest haul of points in the UK. He finished third in races 1 and 2 and took advantage of Marciello’s disqualification to clinch his first win in the championship in race 3.
On the Red Bull Ring Auer will be batting on home turf so he will be the man to watch. The young Austrian keeps improving and no longer has any complexes in relation to his more experienced team-mates. “After a very positive weekend in terms of points at Brands Hatch I’m hoping to do even better on the Red Bull Ring,” says Auer. “It would be the ideal place to win. Even though I won race 3 at Brands Hatch it was down to the stewards’ decision so what I want is a real victory by crossing the finishing line in first place!”
Marciello won on this circuit last year and he is still the hot favourite. However, the championship leader knows that his priority aim is the 2013 title. “I like the Red Bull Ring circuit where I won a race in 2012. Now I must concentrate on controlling my lead in the overall classification. I mustn’t take any unnecessary risks and go for the top placing when required. Above all, I have to avoid getting mixed up in race incidents.”
Numerous drivers in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship took part in the opening round of the British F3 Championship last weekend. Antonio Giovinazzi (Double R Racing), Jordan King (Carlin) and Will Buller, who has moved from ThreeBond with T-Sport to Fortec Motorsports for the rest of the season, scored their first wins of the year. Thus, they will arrive in Austria more confident than ever.
The first two races will take place on Saturday 1st June at 11h10 and 16h05. The start of the third will be given at 11h00 on Sunday. In addition to the usual broadcasters, including Motors TV and n-tv, three new channels will add their names to the list this weekend: Rai Sport in Italy, Servus TV in Austria and Star Sports Asia in Asia.