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Formula 3 success story: The boom came with Schumacher

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E nde In the nineties, former starters from the German Formula 3 championship made up around half the field of participants in Formula 1. Above all people like Michael Schumacher and his brother Ralf, Heinz-Harald Frentzen or Jarno Trulli, Jos Verstappen and Alexander Wurz. Anyone who was up front in Germany has become something. All but one of the German Formula 3 champions since 1985 made it into Formula 1 in one way or another - even if only as a test driver.

Attractive environment

The new Formula 3 European Championship as well as its predecessor series, the German Formula 3 Championship (until 2002) and the Formula 3 Euro Series (until 2012) were and are considered to be particularly attractive because the quality of the environment is right: the DTM with its premium manufacturers Audi, BMW and Mercedes ensures an appealing range of offers. 'The overall package fits,' emphasizes Peter Mücke.

Peter Dahlmanns from the German Formula 3 Association adds: 'Until the late 1980s, Formula 3 sport was not particularly well organized in our country. But then with Michael Schumacher the boom came, and from the beginning of the In the 1990s, Formula 3 DM was set up much more professionally. ' Team boss Peter Mücke also praises the level of the teams: 'We work at a very high level. Top engineers work here.'

Exemplary Formula 3 training

And Mücke also knows about the educational mandate that the teams in Formula 3 have towards their full-throttle students in this country: 'There is no one who takes the test for the 10th grade after the 1st class. The teams are geared towards the young people to teach the technique properly. '

A young talent who has proven himself in Formula 3 can do it right away in the DTM. Just one example is Gary Paffett, German champion 2002, who was able to immediately draw attention to himself in a partial season in 2003 in the DTM. The rest is history.

Of the drivers who have made it into the top three final places in the Euro Series in the past ten seasons, twelve men have come to Formula 1 so far (some of them again only as test drivers ): Ryan Briscoe, Christian Klien, Lewis Hamilton, Adrian Sutil, Lucas di Grassi, Paul di Resta, Sebastian Vettel, Romain Grosjean, Sébastien Buemi, Nico Hülkenberg, Jules Bianchi, Valtteri Bottas. There are also pilots with slightly less successful careers in the Formula 3 Euro Series, such as Nico Rosberg, KamuiKobayashi and Timo Glock.


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