Formula 3 European Championship - season's finale preview
FIA Formula 3 European Championship season’s finale will be held this weekend at Hockenheimring. Although all titles, in the driver, rookie and team rankings, have already been secured, we can expect thrilling battles for the second place in each of the three rankings.
In the drivers’ championship, Antonio Giovinazzi (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin), Charles Leclerc (Van Amersfoort Racing) and Jake Dennis (Prema Powerteam) all hope for finishing second behind the new champion Felix Rosenqvist (Prema Powerteam). Meanwhile George Russell (Carlin), Lance Stroll (Prema Powerteam) and Alexander Albon (Signature) still have the chance of securing the second position behind Leclerc in the rookie ranking. And behind team champions Prema Powerteam, Jagonya Ayam with Carlin will battle it out with Van Amersfoort Racing for second place in the team championship.
The battle for second place in the drivers’ championship will unarguably be the most exciting one as the gap between the currently second-placed Antonio Giovinazzi and his toughest rival Charles Leclerc amounts to just six points. Jake Dennis, currently fourth, has to score 29.5 points more than Giovinazzi if he wants to become the 2015 vice-champion. Giovinazzi and Leclerc already demonstrated that 4.574-km long track suits them well. In their first visit to Hockenheimring earlier this season, they both made it to the podium in all the three races and won one of them each.
George Russell travels to Hockenheim as second-placed driver in the rookie ranking, with a 21.5-point lead over Lance Stroll in third position. The battle for second place in the team ranking will be contested by Jagonya Ayam with Carlin and Van Amersfoort Racing. The Dutch squad is contesting the season with the three rookies Charles Leclerc, Alessio Lorandi and Arjun Maini and travels to Hockenheim with a 30-point gap to the second-placed British team that will be represented by Antonio Giovinazzi, Gustavo Menezes and rookie Ryan Tveter.
The grid for the final three races will be filled with one more rookie in Formula 3. Newly crowned ADAC F4 champion Marvin Dienst will sit in ArtLine Engineering’s home-built chassis to experience the atmosphere in F3 racing, in which he is planning to get in 2016. Russian team will compete with two cars, the second being reserved for Latvian Harald Schlegelmilch.
F3 season’s finale is a part of DTM final weekend. Race 1 is scheduled for Saturday at 10.15. Race 2 will follow on the same day at 16.05. The final race of the season will start on Sunday at 10.45.