A racing series with tradition.
Following a pit stop that lasted several decades, this traditional racing series was brought back to life in 2012. From 1975 to 1984, the Formula 3 European Championship was considered one of the most important and fiercely contested series for young drivers. The four-time Formula 1 world champion Alain Prost, the Grand Prix winners Riccardo Patrese and Michele Alboreto, and the Le Mans winners Jan Lammers and Pierluigi Martini all won the coveted European title in the early years of their careers. Here you will find the reviews of the 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012 season.
Rookie title for super Swede.
It was Joel Eriksson’s year: the young Swede from Volkswagen customer racing team Motopark clinched the 2016 rookie title in the most prestigious junior racing series in Europe on the final race weekend at the Hockenheimring. An impressive effort! Team-mate Niko Kari also caught the eye in 2016. The Finn claimed his first race win in the Formula 3 European Championship in Imola.
|1||Lance Stroll||Prema Powerteam||507|
|2||Maximilian Günther||Prema Powerteam||322|
|4||Nick Cassidy||Prema Powerteam||254|
|5||Joel Eriksson||Motopark (Volkswagen)||252|
|6||Callum Ilott||Van Amersfoort Racing||226|
|7||Ralf Aron||Prema Powerteam||176|
|8||Anthoine Hubert||Van Amersfoort Racing||160|
|10||Niko Kari||Motopark (Volkswagen)||129|
|11||Sergio Sette Camara||Motopark (Volkswagen)||117|
|12||Mikkel Jensen||kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport||107|
|13||Guanyu Zhou||Motopark (Volkswagen)||101|
|14||Alessio Lorandi||Carlin (Volkswagen)||96|
|15||David Beckmann||Mücke Motorsport||67|
|16||Jake Hughes||Carlin (Volkswagen)||27|
|17||Ryan Tveter||Carlin (Volkswagen)||26|
|18||Harrison Newey||Van Amersfoort Racing||22|
|19||Pedro Piquet||Van Amersfoort Racing||19|
|21||Arjun Maini||Van Amersfoort Racing||3|
|22||Raoul Hyman||Carlin (Volkswagen)||1|
Wanted: Young, fast and successful.
Formula 3 has always offered young drivers a platform, on which to showcase their ability and catch the eye as they take on like-minded youngsters on a level playing field. It was once a certain Alain Prost, who used the most important junior class in Europe as a springboard into Formula One – the rest is history.
Today’s promising, talented youngsters include Charles Leclerc, George Russell and Antonio Giovinazzi. The latter really made his mark on the 2015 season, racking up six race wins. Success at the final race of the season at the Hockenheimring earned the 22-year-old Italian second place in the overall standings – a position matched by his team, Jagonya Ayam with Carlin – powered by Volkswagen.
However, 18-year-old Charles Leclerc (MC, Van Amersfoort Racing) also showed his huge potential, winning four races and topping the rookie competition. As such, Volkswagen can look back on a successful season with a total of twelve race wins in Europe’s most important junior series.
|1||Felix Rosenqvist||Prema Powerteam||508|
|2||Antonio Giovinazzi||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin powered by Volkswagen||412,5|
|3||Jake Dennis||Prema Powerteam||377|
|4||Charles Leclerc||Van Amersfoort Racing powered by Volkswagen||363,5|
|5||Lance Stroll||Prema Powerteam||231|
|6||George Russell||Carlin powered by Volkswagen||203|
|7||Alexander Albon||Signature powered by Volkswagen||187|
|8||Maximilian Günther||kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport||152|
|9||Mikkel Jensen||kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport||117,5|
|10||Markus Pommer||Motopark powered by Volkswagen||116,5|
|11||Santino Ferrucci||kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport||91|
|12||Callum Ilott||Carlin powered by Volkswagen||65,5|
|13||Gustavo Menezes||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin powered by Volkswagen||65|
|14||Sérgio Sette Câmara||Motopark powered by Volkswagen||57,5|
|15||Brandon Maisano||Prema Powerteam||53|
|16||Nick Cassidy||Giles Motorsport||43|
|17||Pietro Fittipladi||Fortec Motorsports||32|
|18||Arjun Maini||Van Amersfoort Racing powered by Volkswagen||27|
|19||Dorian Boccolacci||Signature powered by Volkswagen||27|
|20||Alessio Lorandi||Van Amersfoort Racing powered by Volkswagen||26|
|21||Raoul Hyman||Team West-Tec F3||14,5|
|22||Michele Beretta||kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport||4|
|23||Ryan Tveter||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin powered by Volkswagen||2|
|24||Sam MacLeod||Motopark powered by Volkswagen||2|
|25||Fabian Schiller||Team West-Tec F3||2|
|26||Nabil Jeffri||Motopark powered by Volkswagen||2|
The year of the Flying Dutchman.
He joined Formula 3 as a 16-year-old rookie – and has made it to the top in just a year. Max Verstappen competed for Van Amersfoort Racing in 2014, with a Volkswagen Power Engine on board. The son of the former Formula 1 driver Jos Verstappen performed strongly right from the start of the season, and kept getting better and better: the young Dutchman took second place at his debut in Silverstone and scored his first win a mere two weeks later in Hockenheim. This was then followed by a further nine race wins, which gave him a strong third place overall on 411 points – and also the biggest career jump a Formula driver could wish for: the jump up to Formula 1. The young Formula 1 team Toro Rosso has signed Verstappen up as of 2015. This will make him the youngest regular driver to date in the ultimate motorsport discipline.
Tom Blomqvist of the UK also performed well for his team Jagonya Ayam with Carlin, clinching six race wins and numerous podium finishes on the basis of Volkswagen power. Blomqvist scored nine more points than Verstappen in the course of the season to finish on 420, making him the runner-up behind the Frenchman Esteban Ocon (470).
|1.||Esteban Ocon||Prema Powerteam||478|
|2.||Tom Blomqvist||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin powered by Volkswagen||420|
|3.||Max Verstappen||van Amersfoort Racing powered by Volkswagen||411|
|4.||Lucas Auer||KFZTeile24 Mücke Motorsport||365|
|5.||Antonio Fuoco||Prema Powerteam||255|
|6.||Antonio Giovinazzi||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin powered by Volkswagen||238|
|7.||Jordan King||Carlin powered by Volkswagen||217|
|8.||Felix Rosenqvist||kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport||198|
|9.||Jake Dennis||Carlin powered by Volkswagen||174|
|10.||Nicholas Latifi||Prema Powerteam||128|
|11.||Gustavo Menezes||van Amersfoort Racing powered by Volkswagen||91|
|12.||Félix Seralles||Team West-Tec F3||82|
|13.||Edward Jones||Carlin powered by Volkswagen||70|
|14.||Dennis van de Laar||Prema Powerteam||38|
|15.||Tatiana Calderón||Jo Zeller Racing||29|
|16.||Mitchell Gilbert||Fortec Motorsports||28|
|17.||Roy Nissany||kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport||26|
|18.||Sean Gelael||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin powered by Volkswagen||25|
|20.||Jules Szymkowiak||van Amersfoort Racing powered by Volkswagen||17|
|21.||John Bryant-Meisner||Fortec Motorsports||6|
|22.||Felipe Guimares||Double R Racing||5|
|23.||Richard Goddard||Threebond with T-Sport||3|
|24.||Hector Hurst||Team West-Tec F3||3|
|26.||Alexander Toril||Threebond with T-Sport||1|
On the hunt for points.
Formula 3 has the reputation of being a springboard into Formula 1 – and rightly so: Daniil Kvyat of Russia, who was a successful guest entrant in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship with Volkswagen Power in 2013, is moving up to the most prestigious motorsport event around in 2014. The up-and-coming driver, who competed in the GP3 series in 2013, really mixed things up when he took part in the F3 European Championship events. He won the first race in Zandvoort in his car equipped with a Volkswagen Power Engine and made it onto the winners’ rostrum a total of five times in the course of the season. He was also among the top ten drivers on five other occasions.
The other Volkswagen drivers can look back on a successful season too, with Harry Tincknell of the Carlin team putting in some fantastic performances. The Brit won the second race of the season in Silverstone with Volkswagen Power on board and then continued to regularly pick up points. Tincknell finished the season in a good fifth place overall, closely followed by his teammate and fellow Brit Jordan King, who likewise proved to be a reliable point scorer in 2013. The championship title went to the Italian Raffaele Marciello, followed by Felix Rosenqvist of Sweden in second place.
|1||Raffaele Marciello (I)||Dallara F312 Mercedes-Benz||489.5|
|2||Felix Rosenqvist (S)||Dallara F312 Mercedes-Benz||457|
|3||Alex Lynn (GB)||Dallara F312 Mercedes-Benz||339.5|
|4||Lucas Auer (A)||Dallara F312 Mercedes-Benz||277|
|5||Harry Tincknell (GB)||Dallara F312 Volkswagen||227|
|6||Jordan King (GB)||Dallara F312 Volkswagen||176|
|7||Tom Blomqvist (GB)||Dallara F312 Mercedes-Benz||151.5|
|8||Luis Felipe Derani (BR)||Dallara F312 Mercedes-Benz||143|
|9||Sven Müller (D)||Dallara F312 Volkswagen||122|
|10||Alexander Sims (GB)||Dallara F312 ThreeBond Nissan||112|
|11||Felix Serralles (USA)||Dallara F312 Mercedes-Benz||104|
|12||Josh Hill (GB)||Dallara F312 Mercedes-Benz||56|
|13||Eddie Cheever (I)||Dallara F312 Mercedes-Benz||50|
|14||Pascal Wehrlein (D)||Dallara F312 Mercedes-Benz||49|
|15||Nicholas Latifi (CD)||Dallara F312 Volkswagen||45|
|16||William Buller (GB)||Dallara F312 ThreeBond Nissan||39|
|17||Antonio Giovinazzi (I)||Dallara F312 Mercedes-Benz||31|
|18||Lucas Wolf (D)||Dallara F312 Mercedes-Benz||28|
|19||Michael Lewis (USA)||Dallara F312 Mercedes-Benz||23|
|20||Dennis van de Laar (NL)||Dallara F312 Volkswagen||22|
|21||Jann Mardenborough (GB)||Dallara F312 Volkswagen||12|
|22||Roy Nissany (IL)||Dallara F312 Mercedes-Benz||11|
|23||Mitchell Gilbert (AUS)||Dallara F312 Mercedes-Benz||10|
|24||André Rudersdorf (D)||Dallara F312 Volkswagen||3|
|25||John Bryant-Meisner (S)||Dallara F312 Mercedes-Benz||2|
Carlos Sainz Jr gets started
After his good start in Hockenheim with best times in qualifying and two second-place finishes, Carlos Sainz Jr made a big impression in the Ardennes – in the joint race with the drivers from the British Championship at Spa-Francorchamps. The Spaniard clearly came out on top in the last race of the weekend and even managed to make it a double win for Volkswagen alongside Tom Blomqvist. However, it wasn’t quite enough to catch the two leaders in the FIA Championship, Daniel Juncadella and Raffaele Marciello.
Volkswagen drivers in pursuit of points
Carlos Sainz Jr picked up valuable points with sixth- and second-place finishes in the spectacular city race in Pau. The Brit William Buller shone in the home fixture among the hills and valleys of the Brands Hatch circuit and finished second in the Dallara Volkswagen. Sainz Jr picked up further points with two fourth finishes. Both drivers racked up a similarly good haul of points at the Red Bull Ring in Austria. And it got even better: William Buller and the sensationally strong rookie Emil Bernstorff won at the Norisring.
The Volkswagen drivers ultimately celebrated their most successful weekend at one of the best racing tracks in the world: at the Circuit de Spa Francorchamps, Carlos Sainz Jr finished third in the first race before winning the second. Next to him on the podium was Tom Blomqvist. In subsequent races at the Nürburgring, in Zandvoort and Valencia, Sainz Jr, Blomqvist and the increasingly impressive Bernstorff racked up a whole series of fourth-place finishes. Carlos Sainz Jr went into the final weekend at the Hockenheimring in third place in the overall classification. It was a shame that he ultimately fell back to fifth place. A total of four Volkswagen drivers finished among the top ten in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship.
|1||D. Juncadella||Dallara F312 Mercedes-Benz||252|
|2||R. Marciello||Dallara F312 Mercedes-Benz||228,5|
|3||F. Rosenqvist||Dallara F312 Mercedes-Benz||192|
|4||P. Wehrlein||Dallara F312 Mercedes-Benz||181|
|5||C. Sainz jr.||Dallara F312 Volkswagen||161|
|6||W. Buller||Dallara F312 Volkswagen||137,5|
|7||T. Blomqvist||Dallara F312 Volkswagen||117|
|8||S. Müller||Dallara F312 Mercedes-Benz||109|
|9||M. Lewis||Dallara F312 Mercedes-Benz||101|
|10||E. Bernstorff||Dallara F312 Volkswagen||66|
|11||L. Wolf||Dallara F312 Mercedes-Benz||19|
|12||A. Roda||Dallara F312 Mercedes-Benz||8|
|13||L. Sá Silva||Dallara F312 Mercedes-Benz||7|