2010 Formula 3 Euro Series season

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2010 Formula 3 Euro Series season
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The 2010 Formula 3 Euro Series season was the eighth championship year of the Formula 3 Euro Series. It began on 10 April at Circuit Paul Ricard and finished on 17 October at Hockenheim after eighteen races at nine meetings. Grids for the 2010 season were substantially down on the previous season; with a maximum of sixteen drivers taking part in any of the season's meetings, after teams Manor Motorsport, SG Formula, Carlin Motorsport, HBR Motorsport and Kolles & Heinz Union all pulled out to focus on other series.

On track, series veteran Edoardo Mortara returned to the formulae after a season competing for Arden International, and with seven victories – all coming in the Saturday, higher points-awarding races – during the season, Mortara took the championship at the wheel of his Signature-run Dallara-Volkswagen, giving Volkswagen their first Euro Series championship. Second place was not resolved until the final round, as Mortara's team-mate Marco Wittmann and ART Grand Prix's Valtteri Bottas battled over the placing. Bottas had to win the final race to deny Wittmann of second place, but could only finish third and thus Wittmann completed the Signature 1–2, taking a single victory during the season at the first Hockenheim meeting. Bottas finished third for the second consecutive season, after his first two Euro Series wins – although he had previously won two successive Masters of Formula 3 events at Zandvoort, which is a non-championship race – at the Norisring and Oschersleben.

Bottas' team-mate Alexander Sims also matched his final 2009 placing, taking fourth place with one victory once again, winning the opening sprint race of the season at Paul Ricard but took four further podium finishes to confirm fourth. Mücke Motorsport's Roberto Merhi completed the top five, taking his first Euro Series win in the first Hockenheim sprint race. Other sprint race victories included four for the Motopark Academy squad, including three successive for top rookie finisher – seventh in the championship – António Félix da Costa who won at the Nürburgring, Zandvoort and Brands Hatch having started each from the front row due to the series' reverse-grid system for the top eight finishers from the previous day's race. Kevin Magnussen, on a one-off outing from his usual commitments in the German Formula Three championship, also claimed a sprint race victory for Motopark at Valencia. Daniel Juncadella won the final race of the season at Hockenheim, while Jim Pla, ART's third driver, took the other victory at Oschersleben. Signature's 1–2 championship finish allowed the team to claim their respective championship, while the Nations Cup was won by Italy through Mortara.

Prize tests[edit]

The top drivers in the championship standings at the end of the year were rewarded with a wide range of prize tests in various other racing categories. The top three drivers – Mortara, Wittmann and Bottas – all received a Formula Renault 3.5 Series test.

As well as that, Mortara received a Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters test[1] in the Audi A4, as he finished as top Volkswagen-engined driver as champion. Bottas, as top Mercedes-Benz driver received a test in the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.[2]

Drivers and teams[edit]

2010 Entry List
Team No Driver Rookie Chassis[N 1] Engine Rounds
France ART Grand Prix 1 Finland Valtteri Bottas[3] F308/026 Mercedes All
2 United Kingdom Alexander Sims[4] F308/048 All
11 France Jim Pla[5] R F308/070 All
30 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez[6] F308/049 2
Germany Mücke Motorsport 3 Spain Roberto Merhi[7] F308/050 Mercedes All
4 Colombia Carlos Muñoz[8] R F308/042 All
France Signature 5 Italy Edoardo Mortara[9] F309/023 Volkswagen[10] All
6 Germany Marco Wittmann[10] F308/011 All
14 Belgium Laurens Vanthoor[10] F308/033 All
Italy Prema Powerteam 7 France Nicolas Marroc[11] F308/047 Mercedes All
8 Spain Daniel Juncadella[12] R F309/014 All
Germany Motopark Academy 9 United Kingdom Adrian Quaife-Hobbs[13] R F308/099 Volkswagen[13] 1–2
10 Finland Matias Laine[13] R F308/096 All
13 Portugal António Félix da Costa[14] R F308/098 All
15 Denmark Kevin Magnussen[13] R F308/099 3
16 Finland Mika Mäki[15] 5–7
17 Germany Tobias Hegewald[16] R 8
18 Switzerland Christopher Zanella[15] 9
33 F308/092 5–7
31 Sweden Jimmy Eriksson[6] R F305/045 2
34 Netherlands Renger van der Zande[16] F308/092 8
Germany China Sonangol-Motopark 32 Angola Luís Sá Silva[6] R F305/004 Volkswagen[6] 2
Switzerland Jo Zeller Racing 38 Switzerland Sandro Zeller[6] R F306/014 Mercedes[6] 2, 9
Icon Legend
R Rookie Cup
Notes
  1. ^ All drivers competed in Dallara chassis; model listed.

Driver changes[edit]

Changed Teams
Entering/Re-Entering Formula 3 Euro Series
Leaving Formula 3 Euro Series

Team changes[edit]

Race calendar and results[edit]

Round Circuit Date Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver Winning Team
1 R1 France Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet 10 April Spain Daniel Juncadella Germany Marco Wittmann Italy Edoardo Mortara France Signature
R2 11 April Spain Daniel Juncadella United Kingdom Alexander Sims France ART Grand Prix
2 R1 Germany Hockenheimring 24 April Germany Marco Wittmann Italy Edoardo Mortara Germany Marco Wittmann France Signature
R2 25 April Finland Valtteri Bottas Spain Roberto Merhi Germany Mücke Motorsport
3 R1 Spain Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Valencia 22 May Italy Edoardo Mortara Spain Daniel Juncadella Italy Edoardo Mortara France Signature
R2 23 May Denmark Kevin Magnussen Denmark Kevin Magnussen Germany Motopark Academy
4 R1 Germany Norisring, Nuremberg 3 July Italy Edoardo Mortara Italy Edoardo Mortara Italy Edoardo Mortara France Signature
R2 4 July Italy Edoardo Mortara Finland Valtteri Bottas France ART Grand Prix
5 R1 Germany Nürburgring 7 August Italy Edoardo Mortara Italy Edoardo Mortara Italy Edoardo Mortara France Signature
R2 8 August Spain Daniel Juncadella Portugal António Félix da Costa Germany Motopark Academy
6 R1 Netherlands Circuit Park Zandvoort 21 August Italy Edoardo Mortara Italy Edoardo Mortara Italy Edoardo Mortara France Signature
R2 22 August Italy Edoardo Mortara Portugal António Félix da Costa Germany Motopark Academy
7 R1 United Kingdom Brands Hatch, Kent 4 September Belgium Laurens Vanthoor Germany Marco Wittmann Italy Edoardo Mortara France Signature
R2 5 September Portugal António Félix da Costa Portugal António Félix da Costa Germany Motopark Academy
8 R1 Germany Motorsport Arena Oschersleben 18 September Finland Valtteri Bottas Finland Valtteri Bottas Finland Valtteri Bottas France ART Grand Prix
R2 19 September Finland Valtteri Bottas France Jim Pla France ART Grand Prix
9 R1 Germany Hockenheimring 16 October Italy Edoardo Mortara Finland Valtteri Bottas Italy Edoardo Mortara France Signature
R2 17 October Spain Daniel Juncadella Spain Daniel Juncadella Italy Prema Powerteam

Standings[edit]

Drivers[edit]

  • Points are awarded as follows:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 PP
Race 1 10 8 6 5 4 3 2 1 1
Race 2 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 0
Pos Driver LEC
France
HOC
Germany
VAL
Spain
NOR
Germany
NÜR
Germany
ZAN
Netherlands
BRH
United Kingdom
OSC
Germany
HOC
Germany
Pts
1 Italy Edoardo Mortara 1 2 2 3 1 6 1 3 1 6 1 11 1 Ret 6 Ret 1 DSQ 101
2 Germany Marco Wittmann 2 3 1 4 11 7 2 2 5 2 3 6 3 5 7 2 3 7 76
3 Finland Valtteri Bottas 9 6 3 5 2 4 3 1 6 7 2 Ret 4 4 1 11 2 3 74
4 United Kingdom Alexander Sims 3 1 Ret 8 3 5 4 4 4 3 4 5 5 8 2 8 4 5 63
5 Spain Roberto Merhi 5 4 4 1 4 Ret 5 11 3 5 5 3 11 10 5 9 5 2 56
6 Belgium Laurens Vanthoor Ret 5 Ret Ret 5 3 9 5 2 11 7 2 2 7 13 4 6 DSQ 42
7 Portugal António Félix da Costa 8 8 7 9 6 Ret 7 Ret 7 1 8 1 8 1 3 Ret 9 4 40
8 Spain Daniel Juncadella 4 7 8 2 9 9 10† 6 12 10 Ret 9 6 3 4 6 8 1 35
9 Colombia Carlos Muñoz Ret 12 14 Ret 10 Ret 6 9 14 9 6 4 7 2 8 10† 11 6 18
10 France Jim Pla 7 11 13 6 DNS 8 Ret 8 8 4 10 13 13 12 9 1 12 11† 13
11 France Nicolas Marroc 11 10 10 13† 8 2 11† 10 9 8 13 12 12 11 10 3 Ret 8 10
12 Denmark Kevin Magnussen 7 1 8
13 United Kingdom Adrian Quaife-Hobbs 6 9 5 7 7
14 Finland Matias Laine 10 13 9 10 Ret 10 8 7 11 Ret 12 10 10 6 11 Ret 10 9 3
15 Switzerland Christopher Zanella 10 Ret 9 7 DNS DNS 7 Ret 2
16 Germany Tobias Hegewald 12 7 1
17 Finland Mika Mäki 13 Ret 11 8 9 9 0
Guest drivers ineligible for points
Netherlands Renger van der Zande 14 5 0
Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez 6 Ret 0
Switzerland Sandro Zeller 15† 11 13 10 0
Sweden Jimmy Eriksson 11 Ret 0
Angola Luís Sá Silva 12 12 0
Pos Driver LEC
France
HOC
Germany
VAL
Spain
NOR
Germany
NÜR
Germany
ZAN
Netherlands
BRH
United Kingdom
OSC
Germany
HOC
Germany
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)

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest Lap
R – Rookie Cup

† — Drivers did not finish the race, but were classified as they completed over 90% of the race distance.

Teams[edit]

Pos Team LEC
France
HOC
Germany
VAL
Spain
NOR
Germany
NÜR
Germany
ZAN
Netherlands
BRH
United Kingdom
OSC
Germany
HOC
Germany
Pts
1 France Signature 1 2 1 3 1 3 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 5 5 2 1 7 193
2 3 2 4 5 6 2 3 2 6 3 6 2 7 6 4 3 DSQ
2 France ART Grand Prix 3 1 3 5 2 4 3 1 4 3 2 5 4 4 1 1 2 3 148
7 6 13 6 3 5 4 4 6 4 4 13 5 8 2 8 4 5
3 Germany Mücke Motorsport 5 4 4 1 4 Ret 5 9 3 5 5 3 7 2 5 9 5 2 74
Ret 12 14 Ret 10 Ret 6 11 14 9 6 4 11 10 8 10 11 6
4 Germany Motopark Academy 6 8 5 7 6 1 7 7 7 1 8 1 8 1 3 7 7 4 60
8 9 7 9 7 10 8 Ret 10 Ret 11 8 9 6 11 Ret 9 9
5 Italy Prema Powerteam 4 7 8 2 8 2 10 6 9 8 13 9 6 3 4 3 8 1 44
11 10 10 13 9 9 11 10 12 10 Ret 12 12 11 10 6 Ret 8
Guest teams ineligible for points
Switzerland Jo Zeller Racing 15 11 13 10 0
Pos Team LEC
France
HOC
Germany
VAL
Spain
NOR
Germany
NÜR
Germany
ZAN
Netherlands
BRH
United Kingdom
OSC
Germany
HOC
Germany
Pts

Nations Cup[edit]

Nation Points
1  Italy 96
2  Spain 90
3  Germany 76
4  Finland 76
5  Great Britain 70
6  Belgium 41
7  Portugal 40
8  France 23
9  Colombia 18
10  Denmark 8
11   Switzerland 2
Guest nations
 Mexico 0
 Angola 0
 Sweden 0
 Netherlands 0

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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