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 All Timing Unofficial 
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