F3 Asia 2005

Driver Profiles

09 May 2005 (ASM)
Formel 3 Euroseries
Round 3/4 Pau/FRA, 06-08 May 2005

2 wins and a 1-2 in Pau!

On Saturday and Sunday (May 7th & 8th), the fourth round of the F3Euroseries championship was held through the streets of Pau in France. The ASM team performed fantastically over the course of the weekend, with Lewis Hamilton claiming both wins.

Hamilton and teammate Adrian Sutil secured pole positions, and despite a regrettable retirement from Sutil on Saturday, the team dominated the event from start to finish. Hamilton is now in the lead of the championship with 37 points, 11 ahead of second placed James Rossiter, whereas Adrian is 4th with 16 points.

Frederic Vasseur :

Pau was an almost perfect weekend! The entire ASM team and its partners are delighted, as we have shown a great level of performance on the difficult street circuit of Pau in previous years without collecting the fruits of our work in the race. We therefore take some sweet revenge this weekend. In addition to the superb victories from Lewis, Adrian confirmed that he too is a potential winner, which is very satisfying.

Lewis Hamilton:

What a great race 1. 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.

This has been a fantastic weekend for me. I made a poor start in race 2, thus offering Adrian the chance of taking the lead. Hadn’t he made his mistake in lap nine it would have been difficult for me to win the race, as there are nearly no overtaking opportunities, at Pau. To win three of the first four rounds of the season is a great result I never expected to achieve

Adrian Sutil:

It was a fantastic weekend for the team, Lewis won on Saturday and the double on Sunday was really great. I was obviously disappointed on Saturday, as I had secured the first row on the grid and only completed 200 metres of the race! Basically what happened was that I started in neutral and by the time I put it into first gear, the field was coming up and I destroyed my front right tyre so that was it for me. My starting position would have guaranteed me a top 2 finish, but I guess I learnt a lot for the future in this race!

On Sunday things went a lot better. I pulled away right from the start and managed to stay in the lead for nine laps and I started to build a good advantage on Lewis who was second. But then my tyres started deteriorating and I lost a lot of grip, I made a few mistakes and on the straight I locked my wheels, so I went for the inside of the first corner to defend my position. This side of the track was very slippery and so I spun and touched the barrier with the rear of my car but fortunately the damage was not too important, it just added a bit of oversteer. I managed to hold on to my second position, put in some good lap times, and I am very happy with this result. I think as a team we dominated the entire weekend, secured pole positions in both races and well, except for my mistake on Saturday, things could not have gone better!



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