3 Euro Series 2005 - R1 Hockenheim - Race Round-Up
seasonal appointment for the Formula 3 Euro Series Championship
and first podium for Marco Bonanomi, on the German circuit
of Hockenheim. As programmed, there were two races where the
twenty-three drivers participating in the series battled during
the whole weekend. Prema was constantly among the protagonists,
from the free tests with Franck Perera and Marco Bonanomi
who marked the fourth and ninth chronometric results, respectively.
The weather conditions were very changeable and affected the
qualifying sessions. Bonanomi had a great first race. After
an excellent start, he was able to recover several places
and crossed the finish line in third overall position. This
was the first Italian podium in the history of the Formula
3 Euro Series Championship. Unfortunately, Frenchman Franck
Perera achieved good results in the free practices, but he
was not able to repeat his good performance because in both
races he started form a position in the middle of the group.
Franchi was forced to two recovering races as he started from
a back position.
Davide De Gobbi, Prema Team Manager commented the result of
the first race: "Certainly it is a very positive result
for Marco, who confirmed the potentialities showed in the
pre-championship tests. In the second race, a mistake in the
early stages unfortunately vanished his possibilities to arrive
again among the five tops. Different situation for Perera
and Franchi. Franck, in the free tests, was soon among the
possible protagonists. His positions in both starting grids
were conditioned by two adverse qualifying sessions. Greg,
underwent a very difficult weekend, from every point of view.
Now, we have to analyse all the information gathered during
this weekend and get ready for the next race in programme,
on the city circuit of Pau."
Marco Bonanomi: "Surely, it was a very positive weekend.
In both races I could have been among the best five drivers.
I am very pleased with my first podium in Formula 3 Euro Series.
The team worked brilliantly during the whole weekend. Due
to my mistake in race 2 we were not able to score more points."
Greg Franchi: "I'd better forget this weekend. The
results of the qualifying sessions affected both races. Starting
from a back position certainly conditioned the final result.
Now we must react and get ready for next weekend in Pau."
Franck Perera: "I was able to get only one point during
the whole weekend. In the free tests we were soon competitive,
then a bit of bad luck and some mistakes I made conditioned
the results in the qualifying sessions. In race 1 a crash
in the first lap forced me to retire while in the second race
I was only eighth. Now, together with the team we must work
hard and get ready for next race, in Pau, where we want to
be protagonists again."