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2005 Formula 3 Euro Series
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The 2005 Formula 3 Euro Series season was the third championship year of Europe's premier Formula Three series. The championship consisted of ten rounds – each with two races – held at a variety of European circuits. Each weekend consisted of one 60-minute practice session and two 30-minute qualifying sessions (one at Monaco), followed by one c.110 km race and one c.80 km race. Each qualifying session awarded one bonus point for pole position and each race awarded points for the top eight finishers, with ten points per win. Lewis Hamilton dominated the season, winning 15 of the 20 races and scoring nearly twice as many points as his nearest rival, team-mate Adrian Sutil. As of now, six drivers (Hamilton, Sutil, Sebastian Vettel, Paul di Resta, Lucas di Grassi, and Giedo van der Garde) have competed in Formula One.

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SummaryEdit

The 2005 calendar included events at the historic circuits of Pau (France), Spa-Fracorchamps (Belgium), Zandvoort (Netherlands) and Monaco. Monaco has a long tradition of Formula 3 events, but this was the first since 1997.[1] The debut of a new street circuit in the French town of Avignon was to take place in September, but the plans fell through and its date was given to the Lausitzring.[2]

Thirteen countries were represented in the drivers' entry list, which included drivers from Argentina, the USA and the Czech Republic for the first time. There were teams from France, Germany, Britain, Austria, Italy, Netherlands, Luxembourg and the Czech Republic.

After a promising debut season with Manor Motorsport that ended with a win in the non-championship Bahrain F3 Superprix, and a contract with ASM for 2005, Lewis Hamilton was regarded as the championship favourite. He exceeded expectations by winning 15 races from 20 starts, securing 13 pole positions, posting ten fastest race laps, and scoring nearly twice as many points as his nearest rival, team-mate Adrian Sutil. Lucas di Grassi made a full-time return to the series (he entered two rounds in 2003) and finished in 3rd place overall, with one win. The highest-placed rookie was the then-reigning Formula BMW Germany champion Sebastian Vettel, who was classified 5th overall with six podium finishes. He was beaten to 4th place by Franck Perera's more consistent points finishes.

In the Teams’ Championship, ASM Formule 3 retained the title that it had secured in 2004, with Signature in a distant second place. Third place was taken by Prema Powerteam, which had won the Euro Series' first teams' title in 2003. Manor Motorsport was classified 4th overall, as it continued to improve its form against rivals with more experience in Europe. At this time, the Spiess-Opel engine was still numerically dominant, but won on only two occasions. HWA-Mercedes had begun to gain the upper hand in 2004 (with 13 wins from 20 races), and increased its development effort to win 18 races in 2005.

Teams and driversEdit

2005 Entry List[3]
Team # Driver Rookie Chassis[N 1] Engine Rounds
  ASM Formule 3 1   Lewis Hamilton F305/021 Mercedes All
2   Adrian Sutil F305/059 1–9
  Maximilian Götz 10
  Signature-Plus 3   Loïc Duval F305/036 Opel All
4   James Rossiter F305/029 All
  Team Rosberg 5   Kohei Hirate F305/003 Opel All
6   Giedo van der Garde F305/039 All
  Manor Motorsport 7   Lucas di Grassi F305/025
F305/062
Mercedes All
8   Paul di Resta R F305/020 All
  ASL Mücke Motorsport 9   Sebastian Vettel R F305/011 Mercedes All
10   Átila Abreu R F305/028 All
  Prema Powerteam 11   Greg Franchi F305/004 Opel All
12   Marco Bonanomi F305/026 All
23   Franck Perera F305/023 All
  Signature 14   Fabio Carbone R1/001 Opel All
15   Guillaume Moreau R F305/035 All
  HBR Motorsport 16   Alejandro Núñez F305/027 Opel All
17   Maximilian Götz F305/040 1–4
  Danny Watts 7
22   Hannes Neuhauser F305/045 All
  Team Midland Euroseries 18   Esteban Guerrieri R F305/034 TOM's Toyota All
19   Richard Antinucci F305/001 1–4
  Nico Verdonck 5–6
  Stephen Jelley 7
  Rob Austin 8–9
  Ben Clucas 10
  AM-Holzer Rennsport 20   Thomas Holzer F305/060 Opel All
  Ross Zwolsman 24   Ross Zwolsman F305/024 Opel 1–4
  Team I.S.R. 25   Filip Salaquarda F305/046 Opel All
  Ombra Racing 26   Paolo Montin F305/064 Honda 9
  Julia Kuhn 27   Julia Kuhn F305/063 Opel 7
Icon Legend
R Rookie

Driver changesEdit

Changed Teams
Entering/Re-Entering Formula 3 Euro Series
Leaving Formula 3 Euro Series

Midseason changesEdit

Maximilian Götz left HBR Motorsport after four rounds, to be replaced by Danny Watts, making his Euro Series debut. Watts was able to stay for only one round, and the HBR line-up was subsequently reduced to two cars. Götz returned at the final round as a substitute for Adrian Sutil at ASM. Sutil's absence was due to commitments in the A1 Grand Prix series. Five drivers shared Team Midland's #19 car. Richard Antinucci competed in the first four rounds, before Nico Verdonck of Belgium replaced him at Oschersleben and the Norisring. He in turn was replaced by three British drivers, all Euro Series rookies: Stephen Jelley at the Nürburgring, Rob Austin at the Lausitzring and Zandvoort, and Ben Clucas in the final round of the season at Hockenheim. A number of registered drivers failed to complete the season, including Paulo Montin, who made only two starts with Ombra Racing; and Julia Kuhn, who made two starts in round 1 and attempted (but failed) to qualify for the first race of round 10. RZ Racing left the series after round 9 at Oschersleben.

CalendarEdit

Round Circuit Date Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver Winning Team Winning Rookie
1 R1   Hockenheimring 16 April   Lewis Hamilton   Lewis Hamilton   Lewis Hamilton   ASM Formule 3   Átila Abreu
R2 17 April   Paul di Resta   Richard Antinucci   James Rossiter   Signature Plus   Sebastian Vettel
2 R1   Pau Circuit 7 May   Lewis Hamilton   Lewis Hamilton   Lewis Hamilton   ASM Formule 3   Guillaume Moreau
R2 8 May   Lewis Hamilton   Lewis Hamilton   Lewis Hamilton   ASM Formule 3   Guillaume Moreau
3 R1   Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps 14 May   Lewis Hamilton   Adrian Sutil   Adrian Sutil   ASM Formule 3   Guillaume Moreau
R2 15 May   Adrian Sutil   Lewis Hamilton   Lewis Hamilton   ASM Formule 3   Átila Abreu
4 R1   Circuit de Monaco 20 May   Lewis Hamilton   Adrian Sutil   Lewis Hamilton   ASM Formule 3   Esteban Guerrieri
R2 21 May   Lewis Hamilton   Lewis Hamilton   Lewis Hamilton   ASM Formule 3   Esteban Guerrieri
5 R1   Motorsport Arena Oschersleben 25 June   Lucas di Grassi   Giedo van der Garde   Lucas di Grassi   Manor Motorsport   Sebastian Vettel
R2 26 June   Lewis Hamilton   Lewis Hamilton   Lewis Hamilton   ASM Formule 3   Sebastian Vettel
6 R1   Norisring, Nuremberg 16 July   Lewis Hamilton   Lewis Hamilton   Lewis Hamilton   ASM Formule 3   Sebastian Vettel
R2 17 July   Lewis Hamilton   Adrian Sutil   Lewis Hamilton   ASM Formule 3   Sebastian Vettel
7 R1   Nürburgring 6 August   Paul di Resta   Paul di Resta   Adrian Sutil   ASM Formule 3   Átila Abreu
R2 7 August   Lucas di Grassi   Lewis Hamilton   Lewis Hamilton   ASM Formule 3   Sebastian Vettel
8 R1   Circuit Park Zandvoort 27 August   Lewis Hamilton   Paul di Resta   Guillaume Moreau   Signature   Guillaume Moreau
R2 28 August   Lewis Hamilton   Lucas di Grassi   Lewis Hamilton   ASM Formule 3   Sebastian Vettel
9 R1   EuroSpeedway Lausitz 17 September   Giedo van der Garde   Esteban Guerrieri   Lewis Hamilton   ASM Formule 3   Sebastian Vettel
R2 18 September   Paul di Resta   Lewis Hamilton   Lewis Hamilton   ASM Formule 3   Guillaume Moreau
10 R1   Hockenheimring 22 October   Lewis Hamilton   Sebastian Vettel   Lewis Hamilton   ASM Formule 3   Esteban Guerrieri
R2 23 October   Lewis Hamilton   Lewis Hamilton   Lewis Hamilton   ASM Formule 3   Guillaume Moreau

Season standingsEdit

Drivers StandingsEdit

  • Points are awarded as follows:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 PP
Race 1 & 2 10 8 6 5 4 3 2 1 1
Pos Driver HOC1
 
PAU
 
SPA
 
MON
 
OSC
 
NOR
 
NÜR
 
ZAN
 
LAU
 
HOC2
 
Pts
1   Lewis Hamilton 1 3 1 1 DSQ 1 1 1 3 1 1 1 12 1 Ret 1 1 1 1 1 172
2   Adrian Sutil 2 20† Ret 2 1 2 2 Ret 2 3 Ret 2 1 3 Ret 11 4 2 94
3   Lucas di Grassi Ret DNS 5 7 DSQ 3 7 5 1 2 5 6 2 Ret Ret Ret 8 3 2 Ret 68
4   Franck Perera Ret 8 Ret 6 6 6 5 3 6 15 4 3 5 6 3 6 5 5 4 5 67
5   Sebastian Vettel 15 5 7 11 DSQ 13 18 17† 5 5 2 4 11 2 2 2 3 15 13 3 63
6   Loïc Duval 6 2 2 3 12† DNS 3 2 Ret 8 Ret 5 6 10 10 16† 12 9 DSQ 4 52
7   James Rossiter 4 1 3 4 2 8 4 4 15 13 Ret 7 10 Ret Ret 10 18 14 5 9 51
8   Guillaume Moreau 9 10 4 8 3 Ret Ret Ret 7 11 8 11 16 8 1 4 6 4 Ret 2 47
9   Giedo van der Garde Ret 4 6 15† Ret 17 11 Ret 17 6 Ret Ret 8 5 Ret 3 2 6 Ret 13 34
10   Paul di Resta Ret 17 14 DNS DSQ 5 8 6 4 4 3 8 23 Ret 14 5 Ret DSQ Ret DSQ 32
11   Marco Bonanomi 3 14 Ret 10 DNS 19 13 16 12 17 6 Ret 9 4 8 9 10 13 6 6 21
12   Kohei Hirate 12 11 10 16† 5 4 16 Ret Ret 9 Ret Ret 3 7 Ret DSQ 17 8 12 10 18
13   Fabio Carbone 14 12 16 5 4 DSQ 6 12 9 12 7 18 17 13 Ret Ret 20 11 Ret 8 15
14   Maximilian Götz 5 13 Ret DSQ 8 11 15 7 3 18† 13
15   Átila Abreu 8 9 11 12 DSQ 12 Ret 11 8 10 9 10 7 17† 5 8 7 12 8 Ret 12
16   Esteban Guerrieri Ret 6 19 9 7 15 17 10 11 7 11 9 14 12 6 12 16 10 7 17 12
17   Greg Franchi 13 19 15 Ret DSQ 7 Ret Ret 18 18 Ret 12 18 9 4 7 13 7 10 12 11
18   Hannes Neuhauser Ret 16 12 DSQ Ret 9 14 15 Ret 14 Ret 13 4 11 7 17† 9 Ret 9 7 9
19   Richard Antinucci 10 7 8 14 DSQ 14 9 14 3
20   Ross Zwolsman 7 15 13 Ret 10 18 12 9 2
21   Alejandro Núñez Ret 18 9 DSQ 9 10 10 8 10 Ret 12 16 13 14 9 15† 14 18 Ret 11 1
22   Thomas Holzer 11 Ret 18 13 DSQ 16 Ret 14 16 20 13 17 19 15 11 13 11 16 Ret 15 0
23   Filip Salaquarda Ret Ret 17 Ret 11 Ret 19† 13 14 19 14 15 22 19† 13 14 19 17 11 16 0
guest drivers ineligible for championship points
  Nico Verdonck 13 16 10 14 0
  Danny Watts 15 Ret 0
  Stephen Jelley 20 16 0
  Julia Kuhn 21 18 DNQ DNQ 0
  Rob Austin 12 Ret 21 Ret 0
  Paolo Montin 15 Ret 0
  Ben Clucas Ret 14 0
Pos Driver HOC1
 
PAU
 
SPA
 
MON
 
OSC
 
NOR
 
NÜR
 
ZAN
 
LAU
 
HOC2
 
Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest Lap

† — Drivers did not finish the race, but were classified as they completed over 90% of the race distance.

Rookie CupEdit

Rookie drivers are only eligible for the Rookie Cup title if they have not previously competed in a national or international Formula 3 championship.

Pos Driver HOC1
 
PAU
 
SPA
 
MON
 
OSC
 
NOR
 
NÜR
 
ZAN
 
LAU
 
HOC2
 
Pts
1   Sebastian Vettel 15 5 7 11 DSQ 13 18 17 5 5 2 4 11 2 2 2 3 15 13 3 157
2   Esteban Guerrieri Ret 6 19 9 7 15 17 10 11 7 11 9 14 12 6 12 16 10 7 17 132
3   Guillaume Moreau 9 10 4 8 3 Ret Ret Ret 7 11 8 11 16 8 1 4 6 4 Ret 2 128
4   Átila Abreu 8 9 11 12 DSQ 12 Ret 11 8 10 9 10 7 17 5 8 7 12 8 Ret 116
Pos Driver HOC1
 
PAU
 
SPA
 
MON
 
OSC
 
NOR
 
NÜR
 
ZAN
 
LAU
 
HOC2
 
Pts

Team StandingsEdit

Pos Team Points
1   ASM Formule 3 261
2   Signature-Plus 103
3   Prema Powerteam 98
4   Manor Motorsport 95
5   ASL Mücke Motorsport 75
6   Signature 62
7   Team Rosberg 51
8   HBR Motorsport 17
9   Team Midland Euroseries 15
10   Ross Zwolsman 2

Nations CupEdit

Nation Points
1   Great Britain 237
2   Germany 170
3   France 161
4   Brazil 94
5   Netherlands 36
6   Italy 22
7   Japan 18
8   Argentina 14
9   Austria 11
10   Belgium 11
11   United States 4
12   Spain 2

NotesEdit

  1. ^ All drivers competed in Dallara chassis (except Fabio Carbone, who used SLC chassis); model listed.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ F3 returns to Monaco From autosport.com. Retrieved September 7, 2007.
  2. ^ Tremayne, Tim. "Di Resta on Pole at Lausitz". Autosport.com, September 16, 2005.
  3. ^ "2005 Entry List" (PDF). formel3guide.com. Retrieved 2009-10-13.

External linksEdit