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2010 Formula 3 Euro Series
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The 2010 Formula 3 Euro Series season was the eighth championship year of the Formula 3 Euro Series. It began on 10 April at Circuit Paul Ricard and finished on 17 October at Hockenheim after eighteen races at nine meetings. Grids for the 2010 season were substantially down on the previous season; with a maximum of sixteen drivers taking part in any of the season's meetings, after teams Manor Motorsport, SG Formula, Carlin Motorsport, HBR Motorsport and Kolles & Heinz Union all pulled out to focus on other series.

On track, series veteran Edoardo Mortara returned to the formulae after a season competing for Arden International, and with seven victories – all coming in the Saturday, higher points-awarding races – during the season, Mortara took the championship at the wheel of his Signature-run Dallara-Volkswagen, giving Volkswagen their first Euro Series championship. Second place was not resolved until the final round, as Mortara's teammate Marco Wittmann and ART Grand Prix's Valtteri Bottas battled over the placing. Bottas had to win the final race to deny Wittmann of second place, but could only finish third and thus Wittmann completed the Signature 1–2, taking a single victory during the season at the first Hockenheim meeting. Bottas finished third for the second consecutive season, after his first two Euro Series wins – although he had previously won two successive Masters of Formula 3 events at Zandvoort, which is a non-championship race – at the Norisring and Oschersleben.

Bottas' teammate Alexander Sims also matched his final 2009 placing, taking fourth place with one victory once again, winning the opening sprint race of the season at Paul Ricard but took four further podium finishes to confirm fourth. Mücke Motorsport's Roberto Merhi completed the top five, taking his first Euro Series win in the first Hockenheim sprint race. Other sprint race victories included four for the Motopark Academy squad, including three successive for top rookie finisher – seventh in the championship – António Félix da Costa who won at the Nürburgring, Zandvoort and Brands Hatch having started each from the front row due to the series' reverse-grid system for the top eight finishers from the previous day's race. Kevin Magnussen, on a one-off outing from his usual commitments in the German Formula Three championship, also claimed a sprint race victory for Motopark at Valencia. Daniel Juncadella won the final race of the season at Hockenheim, while Jim Pla, ART's third driver, took the other victory at Oschersleben. Signature's 1–2 championship finish allowed the team to claim their respective championship, while the Nations Cup was won by Italy through Mortara.

Prize testsEdit

The top drivers in the championship standings at the end of the year were rewarded with a wide range of prize tests in various other racing categories. The top three drivers – Mortara, Wittmann and Bottas – all received a Formula Renault 3.5 Series test.

As well as that, Mortara received a Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters test[1] in the Audi A4, as he finished as top Volkswagen-engined driver as champion. Bottas, as top Mercedes-Benz driver received a test in the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.[2]

Drivers and teamsEdit

2010 Entry List
Team No Driver Rookie Chassis[N 1] Engine Rounds
  ART Grand Prix 1   Valtteri Bottas[3] F308/026 Mercedes All
2   Alexander Sims[4] F308/048 All
11   Jim Pla[5] R F308/070 All
30   Esteban Gutiérrez[6] F308/049 2
  Mücke Motorsport 3   Roberto Merhi[7] F308/050 Mercedes All
4   Carlos Muñoz[8] R F308/042 All
  Signature 5   Edoardo Mortara[9] F309/023 Volkswagen[10] All
6   Marco Wittmann[10] F308/011 All
14   Laurens Vanthoor[10] F308/033 All
  Prema Powerteam 7   Nicolas Marroc[11] F308/047 Mercedes All
8   Daniel Juncadella[12] R F309/014 All
  Motopark Academy 9   Adrian Quaife-Hobbs[13] R F308/099 Volkswagen[13] 1–2
10   Matias Laine[13] R F308/096 All
13   António Félix da Costa[14] R F308/098 All
15   Kevin Magnussen[13] R F308/099 3
16   Mika Mäki[15] 5–7
17   Tobias Hegewald[16] R 8
18   Christopher Zanella[15] 9
33 F308/092 5–7
31   Jimmy Eriksson[6] R F305/045 2
34   Renger van der Zande[16] F308/092 8
  China Sonangol-Motopark 32   Luís Sá Silva[6] R F305/004 Volkswagen[6] 2
  Jo Zeller Racing 38   Sandro Zeller[6] R F306/014 Mercedes[6] 2, 9
Icon Legend
R Rookie Cup

Driver changesEdit

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

Team changesEdit

Race calendar and resultsEdit

Round Circuit Date Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver Winning Team
1 R1   Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet 10 April   Daniel Juncadella   Marco Wittmann   Edoardo Mortara   Signature
R2 11 April   Daniel Juncadella   Alexander Sims   ART Grand Prix
2 R1   Hockenheimring 24 April   Marco Wittmann   Edoardo Mortara   Marco Wittmann   Signature
R2 25 April   Valtteri Bottas   Roberto Merhi   Mücke Motorsport
3 R1   Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Valencia 22 May   Edoardo Mortara   Daniel Juncadella   Edoardo Mortara   Signature
R2 23 May   Kevin Magnussen   Kevin Magnussen   Motopark Academy
4 R1   Norisring, Nuremberg 3 July   Edoardo Mortara   Edoardo Mortara   Edoardo Mortara   Signature
R2 4 July   Edoardo Mortara   Valtteri Bottas   ART Grand Prix
5 R1   Nürburgring 7 August   Edoardo Mortara   Edoardo Mortara   Edoardo Mortara   Signature
R2 8 August   Daniel Juncadella   António Félix da Costa   Motopark Academy
6 R1   Circuit Park Zandvoort 21 August   Edoardo Mortara   Edoardo Mortara   Edoardo Mortara   Signature
R2 22 August   Edoardo Mortara   António Félix da Costa   Motopark Academy
7 R1   Brands Hatch, Kent 4 September   Laurens Vanthoor   Marco Wittmann   Edoardo Mortara   Signature
R2 5 September   António Félix da Costa   António Félix da Costa   Motopark Academy
8 R1   Motorsport Arena Oschersleben 18 September   Valtteri Bottas   Valtteri Bottas   Valtteri Bottas   ART Grand Prix
R2 19 September   Valtteri Bottas   Jim Pla   ART Grand Prix
9 R1   Hockenheimring 16 October   Edoardo Mortara   Valtteri Bottas   Edoardo Mortara   Signature
R2 17 October   Daniel Juncadella   Daniel Juncadella   Prema Powerteam

StandingsEdit

DriversEdit

  • Points are awarded as follows:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 PP
Race 1 10 8 6 5 4 3 2 1 1
Race 2 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 0
Pos Driver LEC
 
HOC
 
VAL
 
NOR
 
NÜR
 
ZAN
 
BRH
 
OSC
 
HOC
 
Pts
1   Edoardo Mortara 1 2 2 3 1 6 1 3 1 6 1 11 1 Ret 6 Ret 1 DSQ 101
2   Marco Wittmann 2 3 1 4 11 7 2 2 5 2 3 6 3 5 7 2 3 7 76
3   Valtteri Bottas 9 6 3 5 2 4 3 1 6 7 2 Ret 4 4 1 11 2 3 74
4   Alexander Sims 3 1 Ret 8 3 5 4 4 4 3 4 5 5 8 2 8 4 5 63
5   Roberto Merhi 5 4 4 1 4 Ret 5 11 3 5 5 3 11 10 5 9 5 2 56
6   Laurens Vanthoor Ret 5 Ret Ret 5 3 9 5 2 11 7 2 2 7 13 4 6 DSQ 42
7   António Félix da Costa 8 8 7 9 6 Ret 7 Ret 7 1 8 1 8 1 3 Ret 9 4 40
8   Daniel Juncadella 4 7 8 2 9 9 10† 6 12 10 Ret 9 6 3 4 6 8 1 35
9   Carlos Muñoz Ret 12 14 Ret 10 Ret 6 9 14 9 6 4 7 2 8 10† 11 6 18
10   Jim Pla 7 11 13 6 DNS 8 Ret 8 8 4 10 13 13 12 9 1 12 11† 13
11   Nicolas Marroc 11 10 10 13† 8 2 11† 10 9 8 13 12 12 11 10 3 Ret 8 10
12   Kevin Magnussen 7 1 8
13   Adrian Quaife-Hobbs 6 9 5 7 7
14   Matias Laine 10 13 9 10 Ret 10 8 7 11 Ret 12 10 10 6 11 Ret 10 9 3
15   Christopher Zanella 10 Ret 9 7 DNS DNS 7 Ret 2
16   Tobias Hegewald 12 7 1
17   Mika Mäki 13 Ret 11 8 9 9 0
Guest drivers ineligible for points
  Renger van der Zande 14 5 0
  Esteban Gutiérrez 6 Ret 0
  Sandro Zeller 15† 11 13 10 0
  Jimmy Eriksson 11 Ret 0
  Luís Sá Silva 12 12 0
Pos Driver LEC
 
HOC
 
VAL
 
NOR
 
NÜR
 
ZAN
 
BRH
 
OSC
 
HOC
 
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
R – Rookie Cup

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

TeamsEdit

Pos Team LEC
 
HOC
 
VAL
 
NOR
 
NÜR
 
ZAN
 
BRH
 
OSC
 
HOC
 
Pts
1   Signature 1 2 1 3 1 3 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 5 5 2 1 7 193
2 3 2 4 5 6 2 3 2 6 3 6 2 7 6 4 3 DSQ
2   ART Grand Prix 3 1 3 5 2 4 3 1 4 3 2 5 4 4 1 1 2 3 148
7 6 13 6 3 5 4 4 6 4 4 13 5 8 2 8 4 5
3   Mücke Motorsport 5 4 4 1 4 Ret 5 9 3 5 5 3 7 2 5 9 5 2 74
Ret 12 14 Ret 10 Ret 6 11 14 9 6 4 11 10 8 10 11 6
4   Motopark Academy 6 8 5 7 6 1 7 7 7 1 8 1 8 1 3 7 7 4 60
8 9 7 9 7 10 8 Ret 10 Ret 11 8 9 6 11 Ret 9 9
5   Prema Powerteam 4 7 8 2 8 2 10 6 9 8 13 9 6 3 4 3 8 1 44
11 10 10 13 9 9 11 10 12 10 Ret 12 12 11 10 6 Ret 8
Guest teams ineligible for points
  Jo Zeller Racing 15 11 13 10 0
Pos Team LEC
 
HOC
 
VAL
 
NOR
 
NÜR
 
ZAN
 
BRH
 
OSC
 
HOC
 
Pts

Nations CupEdit

Nation Points
1   Italy 96
2   Spain 90
3   Germany 76
4   Finland 76
5   Great Britain 70
6   Belgium 41
7   Portugal 40
8   France 23
9   Colombia 18
10   Denmark 8
11    Switzerland 2
Guest nations
  Mexico 0
  Angola 0
  Sweden 0
  Netherlands 0

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ All drivers competed in Dallara chassis; model listed.

ReferencesEdit

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