Sunday, 22 May 2011 03:00
Formula 3 Euro Series - In the Grand Prix de Pau, the third race of the FIA Formula 3 International Trophy that was newly founded for this season, Marco Wittmann (Signature) claimed a dominant lights to flag victory.
He is the first German after Jörg Müller in 1996 to win the prestigious Grand Prix de Pau.
On the 2.76 kilometre long street circuit at the foot of the Pyrenees, Spaniards Roberto Merhi (Prema Powerteam) and Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam) battled for second place with Merhi just coming out on top.
Thus, the 20 year old remains the points’ leader in the FIA Formula 3 International Trophy.
Marco Wittmann took the lead from pole position and was able to pull a gap from the start of the race. The German then went on to drive an undisputed lights to flag victory home.
Behind him, the two Spaniards Roberto Merhi and Daniel Juncadella were in a tight battle for second place.
Eventually, Merhi’s better start gave him the advantage to take the chequered flag just ahead of his compatriot, behind the two, Daniel Abt (Signature) was almost able to close up to the Spanish duo in the closing stages.
The German ended up fourth from Carlos Munoz (Signature).
Temperature track: 23.6°C
Temperature air: 19.2°C
Marco Wittmann (Signature):
“What a weekend! I have won the Grand Prix de Pau, I have driven the fastest race lap and I had pole position. It couldn’t have been any better. I can hardly find the words to describe what it means to have won this prestigious race in the home country of my team Signature.”
Roberto Merhi (Prema Powerteam):
“My start was really good and I was able to overtake Daniel in the first corner. In the second half of the race, I had many problems with degrading tyres. I hardly had any grip left and I had to defend my position from Daniel. But I knew: when I wouldn’t make a mistake, I would keep my second place.”
Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam):
“After I was third at the start, I decided t save my tyres first. As a result, they were still relatively good at the end of the race. I was quicker than Roberto and I have tried to force him into making a mistake, but he didn’t make one.”