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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