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Formula 3 Euro Series Netherlands (NL)One month after the last race held in Holland, the European F.3 circus is back for the penultimate round of the 2012 series at Valencia. Prema Powerteam will make their return on the same racetrack that enabled them to celebrate the 2011 title on last 2nd of October. The aim is to repeat the same successful result.

Daniel Juncadella and Raffaele Marciello (the Italian is part of the Ferrari Driver Academy), are holding a 1-2 lead in the FIA European Championship aboard their Mercedes-powered Dallaras and they can count on a comfortable margin over Sainz. In the Euro Series standings (which do not include the points scored at Pau and Spa-Francorchamps), Juncadella leads with a 20-point advantage on Wehrlein.

At Valencia, the two remaining Prema men Michael Lewis and Sven Muller will try to keep their momentum high as they hope to get back onto the podium and stay into the leading pack.

Weekend Schedule

Friday, September 28
Practice 1: 10:35
Practice 2: 11:30
Qualifying: 15:45

Saturday, September 29
Race 1: 11:15
Race 2: 15:25

Sunday, September 30
Race 3: 11:15

FIA European Championship
1.Juncadella 204; 2.Marciello 169,5; 3.Sainz 153; 4.Wehrlein 123; 5.Buller 119; 6. Rosenqvist 117.

Euro Series
1.Juncadella 187; 2.Wehrlein 162; 3. Buller 155,5; 4.Marciello 148,5; 5.Rosenqvist 134.5; 6.Muller 126.

Photo by ts-photo / Thomas Suer.

Sven MüllerPrema Powerteam will have one goal for the next European Formula 3 race at Zandvoort: forget the Nurburgring by working harder than ever and focusing on the future. The Italian squad is about to round out their great summer run exactly where it started in mid July with the F.3 Masters. Then, they lined-up for the FIA European Championship at Spa-Francorchamps in late, July and at the Nurburgring in mid August. After Zandvoort, teams and drivers will benefit from a 1-month break before their final stint including Valencia (September the 30th) and Hockenheim (October the 21st).

Prema is currently leading both the FIA European Championship and the Euro Series championship and is clearly looking forward to keep their record straight. Daniel Juncadella, who’s holding the point in the two series, will be back where he scored a spectacular Masters win and is determined to repeat the same results. Raffaele Marciello is looking for a comeback race after having become the early star of the European season. Sven Muller and Michael Lewis are each day more convincing, and they sure will be aiming to leave a strong impression at Zandvoort.

Weekend Schedule

Friday, August 24

10.35-12.20: Practice
16.30-17.00: Qualifying

Saturday, August 25

11.15: Race 1
15.25: Race 2

Sunday, August 26

11.15: Race 3

All the races will be video-streamed live on www.f3euroseries.com

Photo by ts-photo / Thomas Suer.

Daniel JuncadellaPrema Powerteam was back to their usual winning habits at the Hockenheim Ring. In the first round of the 2012 European F.3 Championship, the team scored three wins to round out an extremely positive weekend. The Italian squad, fielding four Mercedes-powered Dallara cars, was brought to win twice by Daniel Juncadella and one time by Raffaele Marciello, while Michael Lewis and Sven Muller also proved pretty impressive. After having started race 1 in third place (the grid was set by the second best laptimes of qualifying), Juncadella quickly overtook Carlos Sainz and Felix Rosenqvist before setting up a pace that proved unreachable for everybody else.

The Catalan-based racer than had to retire following to a contact with William Buller in race 2, before providing a sensational drive in the main race. After having started in 2nd place thanks to his top qualifying laptime, he went into the lead at the first corner and pulled away from Sainz, dominating the whole 25-lap run. Thanks to his two wins, Juncadella is leading the championship with 50 points, 9 more than second-placed Sainz.

The sprint race was won by Marciello, who took-off from 3rd thanks to his race 1 position, that also being sensational as he recovered from the back of the pack due to a problem during the formation lap. The young Ferrari Driver Academy racer quickly moved on Lucas Wolf and Tom Blomqvist and performed flawlessly from start to finish. Unfortunately, in Race 3 he was penalized with a pass through for not having respected the track limits and finished well down the order.

Muller, who was at his F.3 debut after stepping up from the F.Adac Masters, brought home 5th and 6th place in race 2 and race 3, and just a penalty for a yellow-flag pass prevented him from scoring valuable points in the first. Michael Lewis had a pretty tough weekend. After ending up race 1 in 9th due to a spin, he ended up in 10th in race 2 and retired following to an off-track exit in race 3.

Angelo Rosin – Team Principal
“We certainly did not expect such a fantastic start. Collecting three wins out of the first three races is a major accomplishment for us considered how much the series’ level has improved compared to last year. I thank Mercedes Benz and HWA staffs for the great support that we receive. Juncadella drove some great races and showed why he will be our key driver for the season. Marciello also gave us a sensational result with a win in race 2 and also with his recovery from last to 6th in race 1. Muller and Lewis were off to good starts and, despite only our German driver made it to points, Michael is very strong and there’ll be time for him to recover”.

Photo by ts-photo / Thomas Suer.

Prema PowerteamPrema Powerteam is ready to enter the seventh round of the 2011 Italian Formula 3 Championship, the penultimate of the season. The location will be one of the World’s best, at Mugello, where the Italian-based team has done great in the past. Last year, Andrea Caldarelli cruised to two pole and two wins, with Raffaele Marciello and Michael Lewis ready to follow in his footsteps. The Italian, part of the Ferrari Drivers Academy, is two points off the lead in the rookie standings, and 16 points off the overall championship’s top spot. Michael Lewis is 6th, with still chances for the Ferrari F.1 test set at the end of the season. Andrea Roda is currently battling for a spot in the series’ top-10, which is quite possible for him seen the progress done so far.

Angelo Rosin, Team Principal
“We’ve always scored good results at Mugello. Last year, our drivers proved unbeatable both times the Italian series came here. The track is world-famous for its fast corners and hills, with changes of elevation that force drivers to keep pushing as hard as they can. Next year, Formula 1 will also come to Mugello for a test session, and that’s a further proof of the skills needed on this circuit. In collective testing our cars were among the fastest and we hope do it all again on race day.”