A linear, steady, efficient weekend enabled Raffaele Marciello to get a well-deserved crown in the FIA F.3 European Championship at the end of a long chase. In the final weekend of the series at Hockenheim, the Prema and Ferrari Driver Academy racer managed to celebrate his title early, at the end of Race 2, when he surgically collected a 4th place which was exactly what he needed to clinch the title mathematically. Despite winning the first two races, Felix Rosenqvist didn't have a real chance to catch Raffaele. Once free from the pressure, Marciello (who took second in Race 1 and fourth in Race 2) delivered a sensational win in a very wet and spectacular Race 3 that capped the 2013 season in a picture-perfect fashion.
This season, Marciello won 13 races out of 30 and after having celebrated the team's title at Vallelunga, Prema was able to take their third straight drivers' championship after winning with Roberto Merhi in 2011 and Daniel Juncadella in 2012.
Prema also got more positive finishes thanks to the second place of Alex Lynn in Race 2 (the Brit took fourth in Race 1 and eight in Race 3) and two third places by Lucas Auer, who rebounded from an ill-fated first heat. Eddie Cheever also showed some power as he respectively ended up in ninth and tenth place in Race 1 and 2 before finishing Race 3 in 17th.
René Rosin – Team Manager
“It's been an exciting championship that left us without a single bit of energy. Today's results were a breath of fresh air though. Prema won another drivers' title, this time with a young Italian coming from the Ferrari Driver Academy, and that makes us even more proud. I want to thank everybody who poured their hearts into this season, Mercedes that enabled us to be in tin-top shape each time and, of course, Dallara, as they have been providing all of us with some very high-quality cars for years. Now we still have to look ahead. We will line-up at the traditional season-ending race at Macau, with Esteban Ocon as a new addition to our team”.