Asmer Unfazed by Euro F3 Drivers

British F3 championship leader Marko Asmer is not scared of the competition the rival F3 Euroseries will provide at this weekend's Marlboro Masters of F3 race at Zandvoort, Holland

Asmer Unfazed by Euro F3 Drivers

The all comers trophy race has only been won by F3 Euroseries drivers since the championship's formation in 2003.

Estonian Asmer has a slender lead in the tight British championship despite not winning a race this season. In contrast, Lewis Hamilton and his ASM team have dominated the F3 Euroseries, taking six wins from eight races so far this season.

However Asmer believes that despite ASM's dominance, a British F3 series driver could win this year's event.

Asmer told Autosport-Atlas: "There is not a big difference in performance between the British Championship and the F3 Euroseries.

"We have both have run qualifying sessions at Spa this season and down the grid both championships were very close. I go into every weekend thinking I can win and it is the same here.

"It could be a crazy race, it is always like that when people aren't driving for championship points. If you win you win, but if you finish anywhere else you are a loser.

"You can start anywhere and still win, just like Hamilton did in last year's Bahrain SuperPrix - he qualified 23rd but in the two races he got a good start and there was a lot of mess in front of him."

Of the F3 Euroseries runners, Asmer believes Hamilton's ASM team will provide the biggest threat.

"The ASM race pace is a bit of a concern," Asmer added, "but it is down to the team. Lewis Hamilton and Adrian Sutil have been quick everywhere but last year when Sutil wasn't with ASM he was nowhere. Hamilton is driving well but their speed is down to the team."

Current Formula One drivers David Coulthard, Takuma Sato and Christian Klein are previous winners of the event.

2005 Marlboro Masters Entry List:
Pos  Driver                      Team                 Chassis-Engine
 1.  Lewis Hamilton      (GBR)   ASM F3               Dallara Mercedes-HWA
 2.  Adrian Sutil        (GER)   ASM F3               Dallara Mercedes-HWA
 3.  Marko Asmer         (EST)   Hitech Racing        Dallara Honda-Mugen
 4.  Alvaro Barba        (ESP)   Hitech Racing        Dallara Honda-Mugen
 5.  Ferdinand Kool      (NED)   JB Motorsport        Lola Honda-Mugen
 6.  Ho-Pin Tung         (NED)   JB Motorsport        Dallara Honda-Mugen
 7.  Steven Kane         (GBR)   JB Motorsport        Lola Honda-Mugen
 8.  Mike Conway         (GBR)   Fortec Motorsport    Dallara Opel-Spiess
 9.  James Walker        (GBR)   Fortec Motorsport    Dallara Opel-Spiess
11.  Ronayne O'Mahony    (IRL)   Fortec Motorsport    Dallara Opel-Spiess
12.  James Rossiter      (GBR)   Signature-Plus       Dallara Opel-Spiess
14.  Guillaume Moreau    (FRA)   Signature            Dallara Opel-Spiess
15.  Loic Duval          (FRA)   Signature -Plus      Dallara Opel-Spiess
18.  Esteban Guerreri    (ARG)   Team Midland         Dallara Toyota-Toms
19.  Richard Antinucci   (USA)   Team Midland         Dallara Toyota-Toms
20.  Alvaro Parente      (POR)   Carlin Motorsport    Dallara Honda-Mugen
21.  Christian Bakkerud  (DEN)   Carlin Motorsport    DallaraHonda-Mugen
22.  Keiko Ihara         (JPN)   Carlin Motorsport    Dallara Honda-Mugen
23.  Charlie Kimball     (USA)   Carlin Motorsport    Dallara Honda-Mugen
24.  Lucas di Grassi     (BRA)   Manor Motorsport     Dallara Mercedes-HWA
25.  Paul di Resta       (GBR)   Manor Motorsport     Dallara Mercedes-HWA
26.  Giedo van der Garde (NED)   Team Rosberg         Dallara Opel-Spiess
27.  Kohei Hirate        (JPN)   Team Rosberg         Dallara Opel-Spiess
28.  Maximillian Götz    (GER)   HBR Motorsport GmbH  Dallara Opel-Spiess
29.  Hannes Neuhauser    (AUT)   HBR Motorsport GmbH  Dallara Mercedes-HWA
30.  Alejandro Nunez     (ESP)   HBR Motorsport GmbH  Dallara Opel-Spiess
32.  Bruno Senna         (BRA)   Double R Racing      Dallara Honda-Mugen
33.  Dan Clarke          (GBR)   Double R Racing      Dallara Honda-Mugen
34.  Sebastian Vettel    (GER)   ASL Mücke Motorsport Dallara Mercedes-HWA
35.  Atila Abreu         (BRA)   ASL Mücke Motorsport Dallara Mercedes-HWA
37.  Ross Zwolsman       (NED)   Ross Zwolsman        Dallara Opel-Spiess
38.  Franck Perera       (FRA)   Prema Powerteam      Dallara Opel-Spiess
39.  Marco Bonanomi      (ITA)   Prema Powerteam      Dallara Opel-Spiess
40.  Greg Franchi        (BEL)   Prema Powerteam      Dallara Opel-Spiess
41.  Stephen Jelley      (GBR)   Menu F3 Motorsport   Dallara Opel-Spiess
42.  Ryan Lewis          (GBR)   T-Sport              Dallara Honda-Mugen
43.  Thomas Holzer       (GER)   AM-Holzer Rennsport  Dallara Opel-Spiess

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