2010 British Formula Three season

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2010 British Formula Three season
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The 2010 British Formula Three season was the 60th British Formula Three Championship season. It began on 3 April at Oulton Park and finished on 26 September at Brands Hatch after 30 races at ten meetings, held in the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Belgium.

For the third season in succession, a Red Bull Junior Team-supported Carlin Motorsport driver won the championship title. Following on from the successes of Jaime Alguersuari in 2008 and Daniel Ricciardo in 2009, Frenchman Jean-Éric Vergne won the title with two meetings to spare after taking twelve victories in the first 24 races. Vergne eventually finished with thirteen victories and 29 points-scoring finishes – his only failure was a mistake in the wet, final race at Brands Hatch when he slid off the road – as he finished 99 points clear of his team-mate James Calado. Both drivers received a Formula Renault 3.5 Series test for their performances.[1] Calado's five wins helped him to fend off Fortec Motorsport's Oliver Webb, a three-time winner, in the battle for second place in the standings.

Webb's early season form of seven top-two placings in the first nine races had given him the championship lead over Vergne and a 48-point advantage over Calado, but the Carlin driver overhauled his rival following an unbroken of points finishes to the end of the season, while Webb suffered four races where he did not score any points, to end up 43 points behind at season's end. A late season surge by a third Carlin driver, Adriano Buzaid put him within reach of Webb's third place at the final round, but Webb eventually held on by twelve points. Buzaid had taken seven successive podiums, including his only two victories of the season coming at Silverstone and Snetterton. Three other race-winners battled for fifth place in the championship, with Felipe Nasr overhauling both Gabriel Dias and Rupert Svendsen-Cook at the final race of the season. The only other drivers to win a race were reigning National Class champion Daniel McKenzie, who took two wins to an eventual tenth place championship finish, and Alexander Sims, who won at Silverstone while competing in one of two guest appearances with his Formula 3 Euro Series team ART Grand Prix.

The National Class for older-specification machinery was an in-house battle between two T-Sport drivers as Menasheh Idafar and James Cole were the only drivers to compete in all of the meetings; only four drivers competed in the class at all in 2010, with Luiz Razia – who competed at the May Silverstone meeting, to learn the circuit ahead of the GP2 Series meeting later in the season – and Juan Carlos Sistos – who contested the August Silverstone and Snetterton meetings – the only others to compete alongside the T-Sport pair. Idafar eventually won the National Class title by 17 points, taking 17 wins to Cole's twelve, including an overall third place finish at the final race at Brands Hatch. Sistos took the other victory, finishing ahead of Cole and Idafar on his début in the championship.

Drivers and teams[edit]

Team No Driver Class Chassis Engine Rounds
United Kingdom Carlin[2] 1 Brazil Adriano Buzaid[3] C Dallara[4] Volkswagen[4] All
2 United Kingdom James Calado[5] C Dallara[4] Volkswagen[4] All
21 United Kingdom Rupert Svendsen-Cook[6] C Dallara[4] Volkswagen[4] All
22 Malaysia Jazeman Jaafar[7] C Dallara[4] Volkswagen[4] All
31 France Jean-Éric Vergne[8] C Dallara[4] Volkswagen[4] All
32 Brazil Lucas Foresti[9] C Dallara[4] Volkswagen[4] All
United Kingdom Hitech Racing 3 United Kingdom William Buller[10] C Dallara[11] Volkswagen[12] All
4 Brazil Gabriel Dias[13] C Dallara[11] Volkswagen[12] All
77 Brazil Pietro Fantin[14] I Dallara[14] Volkswagen[14] 5, 8, 10
United Kingdom Fortec Motorsport 5 United Kingdom Daniel McKenzie[15] C Dallara[15] Mercedes HWA[15] All
6 United Kingdom Oliver Webb[16] C Dallara[17] Mercedes HWA[17] All
9 Russia Max Snegirev[18] C Dallara[18] Mercedes HWA[18] All
United Kingdom T-Sport 7 United Kingdom Alex Brundle[19] C Dallara[19] Volkswagen[19] All
43 United Kingdom Menasheh Idafar[20] N Dallara[21] Mugen-Honda[21] All
44 United Kingdom James Cole[22] N Dallara[22] Mugen-Honda[22] All
United Kingdom Räikkönen Robertson Racing 8 Japan Daisuke Nakajima[13] C Dallara[23] Mercedes HWA[24] All
26 Colombia Carlos Huertas[13] C Dallara[23] Mercedes HWA[24] All
27 Brazil Felipe Nasr[13] C Dallara[23] Mercedes HWA[24] All
United Kingdom Litespeed F3[25] 14 United Kingdom Jay Bridger[26] C Dallara[25] Mercedes HWA[27] All
United Kingdom Sino Vision Racing[28] 17 Taiwan Kevin Chen[29] C Dallara[28] Mercedes HWA[28] 2
United Kingdom Wayne Boyd[30] C Dallara[28] Mercedes HWA[28] 4
18 China Adderly Fong[28] C Dallara[28] Mercedes HWA[28] All
United Kingdom CF Racing with Manor Motorsport[31] 25 United Kingdom Hywel Lloyd[24] C Dallara[24] Mercedes HWA[24] All
28 Indonesia Rio Haryanto[31] C Dallara[31] Mercedes HWA[31] 2–3
Brazil Yann Cunha[32] C Dallara[32] Mercedes HWA[32] 8
United Kingdom Motul Team West-Tec[33] 46 Brazil Luiz Razia[34] N Dallara[35] Mugen-Honda[24] 2
Mexico Juan Carlos Sistos[36] N Dallara[36] Mugen-Honda[36] 8–9
Germany Mücke Motorsport 71 Colombia Carlos Muñoz[37] I Dallara[37] Mercedes HWA[37] 6, 8
France ART Grand Prix 90 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez[29] I Dallara[29] Mercedes HWA[29] 2
France Nathanaël Berthon[37] I Dallara[37] Mercedes HWA[37] 6
91 United Kingdom Alexander Sims[29] I Dallara[29] Mercedes HWA[29] 2, 6
92 France Jim Pla[29] I Dallara[29] Mercedes HWA[29] 2, 6
Italy Prema Powerteam 93 Spain Daniel Juncadella[37] I Dallara[37] Mercedes HWA[37] 6
94 France Nicolas Marroc[37] I Dallara[37] Mercedes HWA[37] 6
Icon Class
C Championship
N National
I Invitation

Calendar[edit]

The calendar was announced on 7 January 2010.[38] It consisted of ten rounds, with three races at each round.[38] A race weekend consisted of a half-hour first race, a 20-minute "half points" sprint featuring a "semi-reverse" grid, and finally a 40-minute feature race designed to place the emphasis on driver stamina, racecraft and mechanical reliability.[39] From Rockingham onwards, pit stops were implemented during the 20-minute race, in which drivers had to pit inside a 15-minute pit stop window.[40][41]

Round Circuit Date Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver Winning Team Supporting
1 R1 United Kingdom Oulton Park 3 April France Jean-Éric Vergne France Jean-Éric Vergne France Jean-Éric Vergne United Kingdom Carlin British GT
R2 5 April France Jean-Éric Vergne United Kingdom Rupert Svendsen-Cook United Kingdom Carlin
R3 France Jean-Éric Vergne France Jean-Éric Vergne France Jean-Éric Vergne United Kingdom Carlin
2 R4 United Kingdom Silverstone (Arena) 1 May United Kingdom James Calado United Kingdom James Calado United Kingdom James Calado United Kingdom Carlin FIA GT1 World Championship
R5 2 May Brazil Adriano Buzaid1 United Kingdom Alexander Sims France ART Grand Prix
R6 United Kingdom James Calado United Kingdom Oliver Webb United Kingdom James Calado United Kingdom Carlin
3 R7 France Magny-Cours 22 May France Jean-Éric Vergne United Kingdom Oliver Webb United Kingdom Oliver Webb United Kingdom Fortec Motorsport Superleague Formula
R8 23 May France Jean-Éric Vergne France Jean-Éric Vergne United Kingdom Carlin
R9 France Jean-Éric Vergne United Kingdom Oliver Webb United Kingdom Oliver Webb United Kingdom Fortec Motorsport
4 R10 Germany Hockenheim 29 May France Jean-Éric Vergne France Jean-Éric Vergne France Jean-Éric Vergne United Kingdom Carlin ADAC GT Masters
R11 30 May Brazil Gabriel Dias Brazil Gabriel Dias United Kingdom Hitech Racing
R12 France Jean-Éric Vergne France Jean-Éric Vergne France Jean-Éric Vergne United Kingdom Carlin
5 R13 United Kingdom Rockingham 17 July United Kingdom Oliver Webb France Jean-Éric Vergne France Jean-Éric Vergne United Kingdom Carlin British GT
R14 18 July United Kingdom Daniel McKenzie United Kingdom Daniel McKenzie United Kingdom Fortec Motorsport
R15 United Kingdom Oliver Webb Brazil Felipe Nasr Brazil Felipe Nasr United Kingdom Räikkönen Robertson Racing
6 R16 Belgium Spa-Francorchamps 30 July France Jean-Éric Vergne France Jean-Éric Vergne France Jean-Éric Vergne United Kingdom Carlin FIA GT1 World Championship
24 Hours of Spa
R17 Brazil Felipe Nasr France Jean-Éric Vergne United Kingdom Carlin
R18 31 July United Kingdom Oliver Webb France Jean-Éric Vergne France Jean-Éric Vergne United Kingdom Carlin
7 R19 United Kingdom Thruxton 7 August France Jean-Éric Vergne United Kingdom James Calado United Kingdom James Calado United Kingdom Carlin British Truck Grand Prix
R20 8 August France Jean-Éric Vergne France Jean-Éric Vergne United Kingdom Carlin
R21 France Jean-Éric Vergne France Jean-Éric Vergne France Jean-Éric Vergne United Kingdom Carlin
8 R22 United Kingdom Silverstone (Bridge) 14 August France Jean-Éric Vergne France Jean-Éric Vergne United Kingdom James Calado United Kingdom Carlin British GT
R23 15 August Colombia Carlos Huertas Brazil Adriano Buzaid United Kingdom Carlin
R24 France Jean-Éric Vergne France Jean-Éric Vergne France Jean-Éric Vergne United Kingdom Carlin
9 R25 United Kingdom Snetterton 29 August Brazil Adriano Buzaid United Kingdom William Buller France Jean-Éric Vergne United Kingdom Carlin British GT
R26 30 August United Kingdom James Calado Brazil Gabriel Dias United Kingdom Hitech Racing
R27 Brazil Adriano Buzaid Brazil Adriano Buzaid Brazil Adriano Buzaid United Kingdom Carlin
10 R28 United Kingdom Brands Hatch 25 September United Kingdom Oliver Webb United Kingdom Oliver Webb United Kingdom Oliver Webb United Kingdom Fortec Motorsport British GT
R29 26 September Brazil Felipe Nasr United Kingdom Daniel McKenzie United Kingdom Fortec Motorsport
R30 United Kingdom Daniel McKenzie United Kingdom James Calado United Kingdom James Calado United Kingdom Carlin
  • 1 Fastest lap recorded by Alexander Sims, but he was ineligible to score the fastest lap point.

Standings[edit]

With an extra round at each meeting, the championship's point system was altered slightly for the 2010 season. The first and third races offered points using the system that had been used in 2009 (20-15-12-10-8-6-4-3-2-1), with an extra point for the fastest lap. The second race again saw the top ten being awarded points, but the points system rewarded less points; using the points scale 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, with two points for fastest lap.[39]

Pos Driver OUL
United Kingdom
SIL
United Kingdom
MAG
France
HOC
Germany
ROC
United Kingdom
SPA
Belgium
THR
United Kingdom
SIL
United Kingdom
SNE
United Kingdom
BRH
United Kingdom
Pts
Championship Class
1 France Jean-Éric Vergne 1 5 1 4 5 6 4 1 2 1 5 1 1 9 2 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 3 1 1 8 2 8 4 Ret 392
2 United Kingdom James Calado Ret 11 6 1 9 1 6 DNS 4 4 6 6 4 6 3 2 4 2 1 2 3 1 5 4 8 7 3 2 5 1 293
3 United Kingdom Oliver Webb 2 8 2 2 22 2 1 2 1 8 2 11 3 8 6 4 5 23 5 3 2 9 7 3 4 15 Ret 1 7 10 250
4 Brazil Adriano Buzaid 3 4 5 9 6 5 8 11 11 5 3 4 9 3 4 5 Ret 9 4 6 4 4 1 2 2 2 1 3 3 9 238
5 Brazil Felipe Nasr Ret 14 Ret DNS 10 3 Ret 6 7 Ret 13 Ret 7 15 1 7 2 5 7 Ret 6 5 4 12 3 5 5 10 9 7 136
6 Brazil Gabriel Dias 7 Ret 4 8 2 8 2 17 3 7 1 5 6 4 Ret Ret 11 4 11 9 Ret 11 14 7 6 1 8 NC 14 Ret 135
7 United Kingdom Rupert Svendsen-Cook 5 1 3 10 Ret 11 18 10 6 12 9 8 11 13 Ret 3 7 7 3 4 5 6 6 6 Ret 14 10 4 6 Ret 131
8 United Kingdom William Buller 10 9 11 12 21 10 3 3 13 10 7 2 5 5 5 Ret 15 15 9 Ret 12 Ret 13 9 7 3 9 6 17 2 111
9 United Kingdom Daniel McKenzie 9 7 10 15 13 15 13 8 5 3 11 16 8 1 12 6 3 10 8 5 9 8 10 10 9 6 12 7 1 6 109
10 Colombia Carlos Huertas 4 3 12 5 8 Ret 5 DNS 16 11 10 14 2 7 Ret Ret Ret 22 10 8 13 7 2 17 11 19 7 5 2 8 104
11 Japan Daisuke Nakajima 6 2 7 3 3 21 9 4 Ret 16 Ret 7 10 2 Ret 20 9 Ret Ret Ret 14 10 19 11 5 4 4 9 8 Ret 97
12 Malaysia Jazeman Jaafar 8 6 13 7 7 7 7 DSQ 10 2 8 3 Ret 11 14 15 Ret 8 13 7 Ret 12 8 13 10 9 6 16 12 11 85
13 Brazil Lucas Foresti 17 15 15 14 14 12 Ret 7 9 13 12 9 12 10 11 8 Ret Ret 6 17 7 3 12 5 14 12 13 15 13 Ret 45
14 United Kingdom Jay Bridger 18 12 8 18 15 Ret 10 9 Ret 6 4 12 Ret 17 10 16 16 13 12 10 8 18 20 16 17 13 16 12 11 5 37
15 United Kingdom Hywel Lloyd 14 18 DNS 22 20 14 14 5 8 20 18 15 Ret 14 9 9 8 12 Ret 12 Ret 14 9 15 Ret 17 11 18 16 Ret 23
16 China Adderly Fong 16 17 16 23 Ret 19 16 16 Ret 14 Ret Ret 18 20 13 23 18 Ret 15 15 Ret Ret 24 18 12 16 20 Ret Ret 4 12
17 United Kingdom Alex Brundle 15 10 9 13 11 20 Ret 12 Ret 15 14 10 16 12 15 18 17 21 Ret 11 10 16 18 8 13 11 19 13 10 Ret 11
18 Russia Max Snegirev 13 16 14 19 Ret 16 15 15 14 19 Ret 18 15 18 Ret 22 19 18 Ret 16 Ret 13 15 Ret 16 10 15 19 20 Ret 1
19 United Kingdom Wayne Boyd 17 17 13 0
20 Indonesia Rio Haryanto 21 19 Ret 17 14 Ret 0
21 Brazil Yann Cunha 20 22 22 0
22 Taiwan Kevin Chen 24 DNS DNS 0
guest drivers ineligible for points
United Kingdom Alexander Sims 11 1 4 13 10 3 0
Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez 6 4 9 0
Spain Daniel Juncadella 10 Ret 6 0
Colombia Carlos Muñoz 11 6 17 15 11 17 0
France Jim Pla 16 12 13 17 Ret 11 0
France Nathanaël Berthon 19 13 16 0
France Nicolas Marroc 14 Ret 14 0
Brazil Pietro Fantin 17 16 Ret Ret 21 23 14 18 Ret 0
National Class
1 United Kingdom Menasheh Idafar 11 13 Ret DNS 16 18 11 18 15 18 16 17 13 18 8 12 12 20 Ret 13 11 21 17 14 15 18 14 11 15 3 435
2 United Kingdom James Cole 12 Ret 17 17 17 17 12 13 12 9 15 Ret 14 20 7 21 14 19 14 14 15 19 16 20 18 20 17 17 19 12 418
3 Mexico Juan Carlos Sistos 17 23 21 19 21 18 72
4 Brazil Luiz Razia 20 18 Ret 23
Pos Driver OUL
United Kingdom
SIL
United Kingdom
MAG
France
HOC
Germany
ROC
United Kingdom
SPA
Belgium
THR
United Kingdom
SIL
United Kingdom
SNE
United Kingdom
BRH
United Kingdom
Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate
Excluded (EX)

See also[edit]

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