Maiden victory for Latvian Harald Schlegelmilch Harald Schlegelmilch (HS Technik) is the winner of the 14th season round of the Formula 3 Euro Series at the 3.629 kilometers long Nürburgring. Romain Grosjean (ASM Formule 3) and Sébastien Buemi (Mücke Motorsport) occupied second and third place respectively. This allowed Grosjean to extend his lead in the championship standings to six points. Swiss driver Buemi remains runner-up in the battle for the title. Maximilian Götz (R.C. Motorsport) was the best-placed driver with a Volkswagen-engine at the Nürburgring in ninth place.
For 19-year old Latvian Harald Schlegelmilch and his Austrian team HS Technik, it was the maiden victory in the Formula 3 Euro Series. Driver and team only joined the world’s toughest junior racing series this year. Throughout the race, the Latvian had to hold off fierce attacks by Grosjean. Schlegelmilch defended his line and thus, the points’ leader failed to find a way past.
American Jonathan Summerton finished today's race in a lonely 15th position. The only highlight of today's race was his lap time, just 0.32 sec off the fastest race lap! As this was only the first race for Volkswagen Motorsport since their return to the F3 scene, which has been completely dominated by Mercedes-Benz for the last couple of years, Jonathan's race pace is certainly a very good sign in the right direction. The next two rounds of the F3 Euroseries are at the Circuito de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on September 22 & 23.
Harald Schlegelmilch (HS Technik): “I am overjoyed with my maiden victory in the Formula 3 Euro Series. The race was great fun, but it was very hard as well. Keeping the two title candidates Romain Grosjean and Sébastien Buemi behind me throughout the race was very difficult. It is really cool that I have made it!”
Romain Grosjean (ASM Formule 3): “My start wasn’t bad and in the race, I was clearly faster than leader Harald Schlegelmilch. But there just wasn’t a chance to overtake him. All in all, I am happy with my weekend.”
Sébastien Buemi (Mücke Motorsport): “For me, the race was rather uneventful. There was so little grip on the track that there was no chance to overtake. All in all, the weekend was positive for me. I have made up three points on Romain Grosjean. My goal for Barcelona in three weeks’ time is winning.”
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