Hamilton wins at Spa, Adrian Sutil comes 2nd
his disqualification regarding yesterdays race, Lewis
Hamilton (ASM F3, Dallara-Mercedes) succeeded in securing
his fourth win of the season, today, in the sixth 2005 Formula
3 Euro Series round. At the Belgian GP circuit, the 6.968-kilometre
Ardennes rollercoaster of Spa-Francorchamps, Hamiltons
team-mate, Adrian Sutil (ASM F3, Dallara-Mercedes), finished
second, thus securing the ASM teams third one-two in
the season with Lucas di Grassi (Manor Motorsport, Dallara-Mercedes)
taking third place.
the first lap, Lewis Hamilton performed a sensational overtaking
manoeuvre to pass his team-mate, Adrian Sutil, in Eau Rouge
for the lead. Afterwards, the ASM pairing opened a massive
gap on the field, while their closest chasers spun together
off the track. At the end of the long Blanchiment straight,
Esteban Guerrieri (Team Midland Euroseries, Dallara-Toyota)
and Giedo van der Garde (Team Rosberg, Dallara-Opel) were
just too fast and spun, thus losing a lot of ground and opening
Lucas di Grassi the chance of moving up to third place and
taking a podium finish.
Japanese Kohei Hirate (Team Rosberg, Dallara-Opel) clinched
an even better result than yesterday and came fourth, while
Belgian Greg Franchi (Prema Powerteam, Dallara-Opel) finished
seventh, thus scoring his first Formula 3 Euro Series points
ever, in his home race, at Spa-Francorchamps.
Hamilton (ASM F3): Adrian and I made a truly great
start. It was important that I had the chance of driving in
Adrians slipstream, after La Source, so I could attack
him when approaching Eau Rouge. My overtaking manoeuvre was
at the limit, but Adrian was very fair and allowed me enough
space to survive. My win today was the best possible answer
to yesterdays disqualification.
Sutil (ASM F3): Lewis and I entered Eau Rouge side
by side. Lewis manoeuvre was tough but fair. Afterwards,
I could match Lewis pace and set identical lap times
until my tyres started to degrade. Altogether, this has turned
out to be a very successful weekend, for me.
di Grassi (Manor Motorsport): I made a good start
but than I was pushed onto the grass by Giedo van der Garde
and I dropped back to fifth position. But one lap later, Esteban
Guerrieri and van der Garde went off and I continued in third
position and experienced an uneventful race.
temperature: 10.3 ºC
Air temperature: 7.9 ºC