09 May 2005 (ASM)
Formel 3 Euroseries
Round 5/6 Spa/BEL, 13-15 May 2005


This weekend at Spa-Francorchamps, the F3 Euroseries championship saw yet another double win from the ASM team during race two on Sunday, and it was almost the same result on Saturday.

Lewis Hamilton and Adrian Sutil actually crossed the finish line in first and second position respectively at the end of both events and while this should have seen two double finishes for the weekend, unfortunately Hamilton was disqualified along with a number of other drivers, as their diffusers did not conform to the required size. Therefore, Sutil won his maiden victory on Saturday and secured pole position for the next day. Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton took the lead in style and did not let go, either on or off track….

The ASM team therefore dominated the Belgian weekend with each driver getting one pole and one win! Hamilton consolidated his position as championship leader with 48 points while Adrian Sutil caught up with James Rossiter, both men now in equal second position with 35 points. ASM is also in the lead at the constructors’ championship with 80 points.

Lewis Hamilton:

Once again we had a great weekend in Spa and the opening round in Hockenheim (DTM) was fabulous. The team worked very hard, we got some good points with two second places and a win. I was obviously quite disappointed to be disqualified on Saturday, it was a difficult race as the track was very wet and I was extremely happy to come out on top. I therefore came back on Sunday more focussed than ever. I knew I had to put in a good performance for the team, and also to show the rest of the field that I might have be out the day before but not forever! This is my last season in F3 and I desperately want to win the championship. Along with the team we work very hard, and I know we can win this.

I can’t wait to get to Monaco. In Spa it was very cold, I caught a bit of flu there and I am now hoping that antibiotics will make sure I am fit for the race in the Riviera. Monaco is very special, racing before F1 is incredible, and also three of my bosses will be there, so I better do well! I am confident, and hope we can be as dominating as we have been in the recent races.

Adrian Sutil:

Again we had a very good weekend. I got my first win on Saturday, I obviously would have liked to cross the line first but at the end of the day I was second and Lewis getting disqualified meant another two points in the championship run for me. On Sunday I had a very good practice, started from pole position, which was great. Then Lewis got in the lead and it was hard for me to over take him. He was always faster than I was on the straight as I had less downforce, but second place was still very good, especially as the gap was never greater than 2 seconds between him and I. I am now second in the championship, closing in on Lewis and I am very happy. The team dominated in Spa just like in Pau and I hope it keeps going on like this. We work very hard and the reward is obviously very positive. I am looking forward to racing in Monaco, I only know the track from computer games, but I am sure it will be very interesting to race in Monte-Carlo.

Frederic Vasseur (CEO):

Our two drivers, Lewis Hamilton and Adrian Sutil, had a perfect weekend! Two poles and two 1-2 finishes, all acquired under different track conditions - on a wet track on Saturday and a dry one on Sunday. This fills the team and its partners with happiness. Lewis’ disqualification in race 1 was the only mistake of the weekend. We made an error which we assume responsibility for. Even if the defective part came directly from the Dallara factories, we should have controlled its conformity. Lewis and Adrian are first and second in the drivers standings and the ASM team leads the team championship. The beginning of the season is therefore very positive, especially as our rivals share the points.



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