R01 Monza - Race Round Up
FIA Formula 3 European Championship

24 March 2013

Foto 1 - R01 Monza - Race Round Up

While the championship's format changed as well as the car counts, which mirrored the growth of the series, Prema Powerteam continued to rule the field in the FIA Formula 3 European championship. The Italian squad kept winning top trophies in the 2013 opener at Monza as Angelo Rosin's team and drivers constantly stayed at the top of the charts, with both dry and wet weather.

The best results came with Raffaele Marciello, who won Race 1 and 3 and ended up second in Race 2 after scoring the pole in Qualifying 2. The Italian racer immediately took control of the operations on Race 1 and maintained the lead throughout the whole distance. In Race 2 and 3, held in treacherous weather, Marciello and Wehrlein kept battling for the lead, and while the German took Sunday morning's run, Marciello settled for second in order to avoid taking useless risks. He then led from start to finish in the afternoon, dominating before the red flag fell due to excessive amount of water on-track.

Lucas Auer, who had ended up Qualifying 1 in second and Qualifying 2 in fourth, completed a sensational Prema 1-2 in Race 1. While an early mistake deprived him of a good chance in Race 2, he took a consistent fourth place in Race 3. Alex Lynn, who qualified respectively in 4th and 3rd, constantly improved his pace as the weekend progressed, ending up in 8th (recovering from being delayed at the first chicane), 6th and 3rd. Eddie Chever, who scored 6th and 7th in qualifying, ended up respectively in P10, P14 and P8.

The FIA F.3 European championship will now take a small break before being back running on the April 14 weekend at Silverstone, together with the World Endurance Championship.

Angelo Rosin - Team Principal

"We started the weekend with many concerns about our great and well-prepared opponents, but we were also confident in our drivers' chances to play major roles. Being on Sunday evening, after three intense days with variable weather, and counting on two wins and a pole for Marciello, one podium each for Auer and Lynn and good performance for Cheever at his international debut makes me incredibly proud. Our drivers and team did an excellent job, but as I always say this is just the start of the season. We need to start focusing on Silverstone".


Foto 2 - R01 Monza - Race Round Up

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