Hamilton takes his second win in the season
third round of the 2005 Formula 3 Euro season, held on the
streets of Pau, France, turned out to be plain sailing for
Lewis Hamilton (ASM F3, Dallara-Mercedes). The British pole-sitter
took the lead right at the start and defended it until he
crossed the finish line flag after 25 laps at the 2.67-kilometre
street circuit. 9.39 seconds behind the winner, Loïc
Duval (Signature-Plus, Dallara-Opel) crossed the line in second
position, with James Rossiter (Signature Plus, Dallara Opel)
pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton succeeded in defending the lead,
his second placed team-mate, Adrian Sutil, lost several positions
as he experienced some problems when trying to change to first
gear. And when the wheel of his car was hit by Esteban Guerrieri
(Team Midland Euroseries, Dallara-Toyota), Sutils race
was over after just some metres.
the early stages of the race, Franck Perera (Prema Powerteam,
Dallara-Opel) was the closest chaser of the clearly leading
Briton, Lewis Hamilton, but in lap four, Perera had to retire
due to a suspension failure, thus offering Loïc Duval
and James Rossiter the chance of moving up to second and third
positions respectively. Both succeeded in defending these
positions to secure a podium finish. Rookie Guillaume Moreau
(Signature, Dallara-Opel) impressed by finishing fourth in
his home race, thus taking the best result in his Formula
3 Euro Series career so far. Sebastian Vettel (Mücke
Motorsport, Dallara-Mercedes), the second best rookie of the
race, pressurised Giedo van der Garde (Team Rosberg, Dallara-Opel)
for quite a while, but at the narrow street circuit, he just
didnt find a way to pass his Dutch rival. Therefore,
Heppenheim based Vettel had to settle for seventh place.
Hamilton (ASM F3): What a great race. My biggest problem
was to stay focused to avoid making a mistake at this extremely
demanding circuit. It was crucial that I won the start and
entered turn one as the leader. Afterwards, I was able to
control the race.
Duval (Signature-Plus): It was anything but easy to
clinch a podium finish, today. I was fifth on the grid and
held third position behind Franck Perera until he retired.
Afterwards I focused on defending my second position as Lewis
lead was just too big.
Rossiter (Signature-Plus): Unfortunately, Adrian Sutil
failed to make a good start, therefore, Loïc could pass
me. Altogether, this is a great result as yesterdays
laps were the very first I completed in Pau. To have made
it to the podium at this demanding circuit, nevertheless,
is just fantastic. Now Im going to try to repeat this
feat in tomorrows race.
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