Prema Powerteam was able to celebrate the team's first title in the 2013 FIA
F.3 European Championship at Vallelunga, as Angelo Rosin and his men cruised to the team's honours with a round still to spare at Hockenheim. The Prema drivers delivered some positive results in the Roman weekend of the series.
"We're fighting for the drivers' title with Marciello but although it's a less-publicized accomplishment, scoring the teams' title is a very important achievement for all of us. It rewards Prema as a whole, with all its engineers, mechanics and drivers who contributed in bringing more points to the cause in 2013. So in addition to Marciello, I want to thank Lynn, Auer and Cheever for the great job done on Race Day. A key contribution came from our engine supplier Mercedes, a partner that enabled us to stay constantly at the front for several years" said Angelo Rosin.
Vallelunga has been a key round for Marciello too. The Italian lined-up with a 9.5-point margin on his main rival Felix Rosenqvist, but at the end of the event, that gap went up to 45.5 points, a number he can now manage in the three final races at Hockenheim. Marciello showed some true dominance as he scored two poles and two flag-to-flag wins although he suffered from a mechanical issue at the start of Race 2 adding one DNF to his toll. The second race was dominated by Alex Lynn, who also left his mark at Vallelunga. The Brit cruised to victory in Race 2 from the pole, and also scored a third place in Race 1. In Race 3, he was then forced to settle for fourth due to a contact in Race 3. Good results came for Auer, who took a seventh and a fifth place before having to retire in Race 3. The team is also pleased with the performance delivered by Eddie Cheever, who was off to one of his best weekends of the year at home with a fourth and a fifth place. A contact put him out of contention in the third heat.
"After the tough times faced in Zandvoort we went on to dominate, let's say we were back where we belonged before. Now we have to be ready for the final stint at Hockenheim. Marciello is going to fight for the overall wins while for Lynn and Auer third and fourth place in standings is almost safe" said Team Manager René Rosin.