F3 Euroseries Set to Kick Off

The 2005 Formula Three Euroseries series opens this weekend at Hockenheim, with the first two of twenty rounds to be held over the season

F3 Euroseries Set to Kick Off

This year's series will play host to 23 drivers from thirteen countries, with twelve teams from eight countries running this year. The largely German locations will be augmented by races at such famous locations as Spa-Francorchamps, Monaco, Zandvoort and a run through the streets in the French city of Pau.

Over the off season three different drivers - Lewis Hamilton, James Rossiter and Lucas di Grassi - claimed top times at official test days. Hamilton must start the season as favourite to take the title - he has a year's experience under his belt, as well as strong performances in Macau and Bahrain, on top of which he is now driving for champion team ASM.

He won't have it all his own way though - Rossiter was a strong performer last year in British Formula Three, where he narrowly missed the title, while di Grassi (like Loic Duval) carries the expectation of the Renault Driver Development programme.

2004 Rookie Champion Franck Perrera is back, while Estaban Guerrieri should find the cars easier to handle than his Formula 3000 ride from last year. Of the new drivers, the man most likely to perform must be 2004 German Formula BMW champion Sebastien Vettel in light of his astonishing 18 wins from 20 races season, who will be joined by runner up Atila Abreau.

2005 Formula Three Euroseries Entry List

No. Driver Team Chassis Engine 1. Lewis Hamilton ASM F3 Dallara F305 Mercedes 2. Adrian Sutil ASM F3 Dallara F305 Mercedes 3. Loïc Duval Signature-Plus Dallara F305 Opel 4. James Rossiter Signature-Plus Dallara F305 Opel 5. Kohei Hirate Team Rosberg Dallara F305 Opel 6. Giedo van der Garde Team Rosberg  Dallara F305 Opel 7. Lucas di Grassi Manor Motorsport Dallara F305 Mercedes 8. Paul di Resta Manor Motorsport Dallara F305 Mercedes 9. Sebastian Vettel ASL Mücke Motorsport Dallara F305 Mercedes 10. Átila Abreu ASL Mücke Motorsport Dallara F305 Mercedes 11. Gregory Franchi Prema Powerteam Dallara F305 Opel 12. Marco Bonanomi Prema Powerteam Dallara F305 Opel 14. Fabio Carbone Signature SLC R1 Opel 15. Guillaume Moreau Signature Dallara F305 Opel 16. Alejandro Nuñez HBR Motorsport Dallara F305 Opel 17. Maximilian Götz HBR Motorsport Dallara F305 Opel 18. Esteban Guerrieri Team Midland Dallara F305 Tom's Toyota 19. Richard Antinucci Team Midland Dallara F305 Tom's Toyota 20. Thomas Holzer AM-Holzer Rennsport Dallara F305 Opel 22. Hannes Neuhauser HBR Motorsport Dallara F305 Mercedes 23. Franck Perera Prema Powerteam Dallara F305 Opel 24. Ross Zwolsman Ross Zwolsman Dallara F305 Opel 25. Filip Salaquarda Team I.S.R. Dallara F305 Opel 2005 Formula Three Euroseries Calendar April 17 Hockenheim (D) May 8 Pau (F) May 15 Spa-Francorchamps (B) May 22 Monte Carlo (MC) June 26 Oschersleben (D) July 17 Norisring (D) August 7 Nürburgring (D) August 28 Zandvoort (NL) September 18 Avignon (F) October 23 Hochenheim (D)
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