2008 Formula 3 Euro Series

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2008 Formula 3 Euro Series
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The 2008 Formula 3 Euro Series season was the sixth championship year of Europe’s premier Formula Three series. The season was dominated by 21-year-old German Nico Hülkenberg, who won seven of the season's ten feature races amassing 76 of his total of 85 championship points on Saturday afternoons. He won the championship by 35.5 points from early frontrunner Edoardo Mortara as the 2007's rookie cup winner's season somewhat tailed off after the Norisring, scoring just 9.5 points in the final twelve races compared to Hülkenberg's 60. Jules Bianchi's strong finish to the season, including a win in the final race at Hockenheim and coupled with Renger van der Zande's fifth place and Mika Mäki's ninth place, it allowed the 2008 Ultimate Masters winner to finish third in the championship, a point ahead of both van der Zande and Mäki.

Drivers and teams[edit]

2008 Entry List[1]
Team No Driver Rookie Chassis[N 1] Engine Rounds
France ART Grand Prix 1 Germany Nico Hülkenberg F308/009 Mercedes All
2 United Kingdom James Jakes F308/049 All
24 France Jules Bianchi R F308/026 All
25 United Kingdom Jon Lancaster R F308/070 All
Germany Mücke Motorsport 3 Germany Christian Vietoris F308/050 Mercedes All
4 Czech Republic Erik Janiš R F308/042 All
26 Finland Mika Mäki R F308/005 All
United Kingdom Manor Motorsport 5 United Kingdom Sam Bird F308/036 Mercedes All
6 Republic of Ireland Niall Breen F308/001 1–8
28 Japan Koudai Tsukakoshi F308/059 All
29 Japan Kazuya Oshima F308/046 All
France Signature-Plus 7 Italy Edoardo Mortara F308/073 Volkswagen All
8 France Franck Mailleux F308/057 All
30 France Jean Karl Vernay F308/033 All
31 Monaco Stefano Coletti R F308/011 1–2
35 Canada Robert Wickens R 3–6, 8–10
Italy Prema Powerteam 9 Netherlands Renger van der Zande F308/015 Mercedes All
10 United States Charlie Kimball F308/047 1–3
23 Spain Dani Clos F308/031 All
31 Monaco Stefano Coletti R F308/047 4–10
Switzerland Jo Zeller Racing 14 Germany Michael Klein F308/044 Mercedes 1–4
19 France Tom Dillmann 6
Austria HBR Motorsport 15 Spain Daniel Campos-Hull R F308/052 Mercedes All
27 Lebanon Basil Shaaban F308/021 All
Italy R.C. Motorsport powered by Volkswagen 17 Germany Maximilian Götz F308/077 Volkswagen 1–4
18 United Kingdom Martin Plowman R F308/051 1–7
32 Germany Jens Klingmann R F308/032 All
33 China Cong Fu Cheng F308/010 3–10
41 New Zealand Brendon Hartley F308/077 6
43 Germany Peter Elkmann F308/051 8
44 France Nelson Panciatici 9
45 Belgium Frédéric Vervisch 10
France SG Formula 19 France Tom Dillmann F308/014 Mercedes 1–3
20 Netherlands Henkie Waldschmidt R F308/029 All
21 France Richard Philippe R F308/014 8–10
34 France Yann Clairay F308/072 All
40 Australia Daniel Ricciardo R F308/014 6
United Kingdom Carlin Motorsport 21 France Richard Philippe R F308/055 Mercedes 1–7
22 Venezuela Rodolfo González F308/074 1–9
41 New Zealand Brendon Hartley F308/055 8–10
46 United Kingdom Oliver Oakes F308/074 10
France Barazi-Epsilon 42 Monaco Stéphane Richelmi R F308/094 Mercedes 8–10
Icon Legend
R Rookie
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

Calendar[edit]

Round Circuit Date Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver Winning Team Winning Rookie
1 R1 Germany Hockenheimring 12 April Germany Nico Hülkenberg Finland Mika Mäki Finland Mika Mäki Germany Mücke Motorsport Finland Mika Mäki
R2 13 April Spain Dani Clos Netherlands Renger van der Zande Italy Prema Powerteam Czech Republic Erik Janiš
2 R1 Italy Mugello Circuit 3 May Germany Nico Hülkenberg Germany Christian Vietoris Germany Nico Hülkenberg France ART Grand Prix France Jules Bianchi
R2 4 May Finland Mika Mäki Finland Mika Mäki Germany Mücke Motorsport Finland Mika Mäki
3 R1 France Pau Circuit 31 May United Kingdom James Jakes United Kingdom James Jakes United Kingdom James Jakes France ART Grand Prix United Kingdom Jon Lancaster
R2 1 June Venezuela Rodolfo González Italy Edoardo Mortara France Signature-Plus United Kingdom Jon Lancaster
4 R1 Germany Norisring, Nuremberg 28 June Germany Nico Hülkenberg Germany Nico Hülkenberg Germany Nico Hülkenberg France ART Grand Prix United Kingdom Jon Lancaster
R2 29 June United Kingdom James Jakes Germany Christian Vietoris Germany Mücke Motorsport Canada Robert Wickens
5 R1 Netherlands Circuit Park Zandvoort 12 July Germany Nico Hülkenberg Germany Nico Hülkenberg Germany Nico Hülkenberg France ART Grand Prix Finland Mika Mäki
R2 13 July Germany Nico Hülkenberg Netherlands Renger van der Zande Italy Prema Powerteam Finland Mika Mäki
6 R1 Germany Nürburgring 26 July Germany Christian Vietoris Germany Nico Hülkenberg Germany Nico Hülkenberg France ART Grand Prix France Jules Bianchi
R2 27 July Germany Nico Hülkenberg United Kingdom Jon Lancaster France ART Grand Prix United Kingdom Jon Lancaster
7 R1 United Kingdom Brands Hatch 30 August France Jules Bianchi France Jules Bianchi Germany Nico Hülkenberg France ART Grand Prix United Kingdom Jon Lancaster
R2 31 August Germany Christian Vietoris France Franck Mailleux France Signature-Plus Netherlands Henkie Waldschmidt
8 R1 Spain Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona 20 September Germany Nico Hülkenberg Netherlands Henkie Waldschmidt Germany Nico Hülkenberg France ART Grand Prix Czech Republic Erik Janiš
R2 21 September United Kingdom Jon Lancaster Japan Kazuya Oshima United Kingdom Manor Motorsport France Jules Bianchi
9 R1 France Bugatti Circuit, Le Mans 4 October France Jules Bianchi Germany Nico Hülkenberg France Jules Bianchi France ART Grand Prix France Jules Bianchi
R2 5 October France Yann Clairay Canada Robert Wickens France Signature-Plus Canada Robert Wickens
10 R1 Germany Hockenheimring 25 October Germany Nico Hülkenberg Germany Nico Hülkenberg Germany Nico Hülkenberg France ART Grand Prix Finland Mika Mäki
R2 26 October France Jules Bianchi France Jules Bianchi France ART Grand Prix France Jules Bianchi

Season standings[edit]

Drivers Standings[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

Note: In the second races at the Norisring, the Bugatti Circuit and the October Hockenheim meeting, due to insufficient distance covered, half points were awarded.

Pos Driver HOC
1

Germany
HOC
2

Germany
MUG
1

Italy
MUG
2

Italy
PAU
1

France
PAU
2

France
NOR
1

Germany
NOR
2

Germany
ZAN
1

Netherlands
ZAN
2

Netherlands
NÜR
1

Germany
NÜR
2

Germany
BRH
1

United Kingdom
BRH
2

United Kingdom
CAT
1

Spain
CAT
2

Spain
LMS
1

France
LMS
2

France
HOC
1

Germany
HOC
2

Germany
Pts
1 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Ret 24† 1 5 Ret 16 1 Ret 1 13 1 4 1 5 1 Ret 24 8 1 3 85
2 Italy Edoardo Mortara 3 3 4 3 2 1 4 3 Ret 21 Ret 23 4 4 9 Ret 9 14 12 6 49.5
3 France Jules Bianchi Ret 13 3 4 Ret 26† Ret 9 3 9 2 3 22 18 Ret 3 1 17 7 1 47
4 Netherlands Renger van der Zande 8 1 5 20 8 2 10 5 7 1 5 Ret 6 3 24 10 18 25 2 5 46
5 Finland Mika Mäki 1 23† 6 1 Ret 15 Ret 18 2 5 4 Ret 20 16 23† 13 3 20 3 9 46
6 Germany Christian Vietoris 7 2 28 19 5 4 6 1 13 11 Ret Ret 5 Ret 3 2 28† 10 EX Ret 36
7 Japan Koudai Tsukakoshi 13 9 2 7 11† 18 2 Ret Ret Ret Ret 11 2 8 Ret 24† 4 4 6 2 36
8 France Jean Karl Vernay 5 22† 25 Ret Ret 14 3 4 6 4 13 7 8 2 17 11 5 3 5 4 35
9 France Yann Clairay 11 5 7 2 Ret 13 Ret 19 5 2 14 6 3 6 4 5 22 16 13 10 33
10 France Franck Mailleux 4 4 11 10 4 5 18 15 11 3 18 9 7 1 12 Ret 23 21 17 13 27
11 United Kingdom Sam Bird 10 6 14 8 Ret 11 14 8 4 6 22 19 Ret 19 2 18 2 11 16 Ret 23
12 United Kingdom Jon Lancaster Ret DNS 23 25 3 7 5 Ret Ret 24† 7 1 9 10 10 22 12 Ret Ret 20 19
13 United Kingdom James Jakes 12 11 12 15 1 6 25 13 10 7 24† 22 21† 17 5 4 13 5 11 Ret 19
14 Spain Dani Clos Ret 7 8 9 6 3 21 Ret 15 15 Ret Ret 16 14 6 16 6 2 9 11 16.5
15 Canada Robert Wickens 9 8 7 2 8 Ret 12 16 Ret 14 7 1 23 8 10.5
16 Republic of Ireland Niall Breen 19 19 9 6 13† Ret 24† 17 9 Ret 8 2 DSQ 20 16 15 8
17 United States Charlie Kimball 2 Ret 17 Ret Ret 23 8
18 France Tom Dillmann NC 15 16 27† Ret 25† 3 5 8
19 Japan Kazuya Oshima Ret 20 26† 18 10 10 13 7 14 8 11 20 Ret 21 8 1 21 12 Ret 19 7
20 Monaco Stefano Coletti 18 21 21 11 11 6 19 22† 9 Ret 19 25† 15 Ret 19 9 4 Ret 6.5
21 Czech Republic Erik Janiš 9 10 10 16 Ret 12 8 22 12 10 Ret 12 12 12 7 7 14 13 8 7 5
22 Germany Maximilian Götz 6 8 22 22 Ret Ret Ret 20 3
23 Germany Michael Klein 21 16 19 12 7 9 19 12 2
24 Venezuela Rodolfo González 15 12 18 13 Ret 21 12 Ret 24 20 21 25 17 15 20 19 17 6 0.5
25 Spain Daniel Campos-Hull 14 14 27† 21 Ret 19 17 11 23 14 20 8 13 13 Ret 17 10 7 14 Ret 0
26 Netherlands Henkie Waldschmidt Ret Ret 13 26† Ret 17 9 Ret 17 23† 15 17 10 7 Ret 12 20 DNS 10 Ret 0
27 Germany Jens Klingmann Ret Ret 24 24 Ret 20 15 10 21 18 16 10 11 11 11 8 27 15 22 16 0
28 France Richard Philippe 16 17 15 17 12† Ret 22 16 16 12 10 18 14 24 19 9 11 Ret 18 18 0
29 China Cong Fu Cheng Ret 22 16 14 18 16 23 13 15 9 21 20 16 24 15 12 0
30 Lebanon Basil Shaaban 20 18 20 14 Ret 24 20 21† 22 19 19 24† Ret 23 22 23 26 19 20 17 0
31 United Kingdom Martin Plowman 17 Ret Ret 23 Ret 27† 23† Ret 20 17 17 21 18 22 0
guest drivers ineligible for championship points
Australia Daniel Ricciardo 6 15 0
New Zealand Brendon Hartley Ret 14 14 6 8 22 Ret 14 0
Germany Peter Elkmann 13 21 0
France Nelson Panciatici 15 18 0
United Kingdom Oliver Oakes Ret 15 0
Monaco Stéphane Richelmi 18 Ret 25 23 21 21† 0
Belgium Frédéric Vervisch 19 Ret 0
Pos Driver HOC
1

Germany
HOC
2

Germany
MUG
1

Italy
MUG
2

Italy
PAU
1

France
PAU
2

France
NOR
1

Germany
NOR
2

Germany
ZAN
1

Netherlands
ZAN
2

Netherlands
NÜR
1

Germany
NÜR
2

Germany
BRH
1

United Kingdom
BRH
2

United Kingdom
CAT
1

Spain
CAT
2

Spain
LMS
1

France
LMS
2

France
HOC
1

Germany
HOC
2

Germany
Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (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 (DNP)
Excluded (EX)

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

  • Pole-winners in bold; race 1 pole-winners earn one point (not awarded at Pau or Brands).
  • Drivers achieving fastest lap in italics. No points awarded.

Rookie Cup[edit]

Rookie drivers are only eligible for the Rookie Cup title if they have not previously competed in a national or international Formula 3 championship.

Pos Driver HOC
1

Germany
HOC
2

Germany
MUG
1

Italy
MUG
2

Italy
PAU
1

France
PAU
2

France
NOR
1

Germany
NOR
2

Germany
ZAN
1

Netherlands
ZAN
2

Netherlands
NÜR
1

Germany
NÜR
2

Germany
BRH
1

United Kingdom
BRH
2

United Kingdom
CAT
1

Spain
CAT
2

Spain
LMS
1

France
LMS
2

France
HOC
1

Germany
HOC
2

Germany
Pts
1 Czech Republic Erik Janiš 9 10 10 16 Ret 12 8 22 12 10 Ret 12 12 12 7 7 14 13 8 7 78
2 Finland Mika Mäki 1 Ret 6 1 Ret 15 Ret 18 2 5 4 Ret 20 16 23 13 3 20 3 9 76.5
3 France Jules Bianchi Ret 13 3 4 Ret 26 Ret 9 3 9 2 3 22 18 Ret 3 1 17 7 1 75.5
4 United Kingdom Jon Lancaster Ret DNS 23 25 3 7 5 Ret Ret Ret 7 1 9 10 10 22 12 Ret Ret 20 66
5 France Richard Philippe 16 17 15 17 Ret Ret 22 16 16 12 10 18 14 24 19 9 11 Ret 18 18 49
6 Canada Robert Wickens 9 8 7 2 8 Ret 12 16 Ret 14 7 1 23 8 45
7 Monaco Stefano Coletti 18 21 21 11 11 6 19 Ret 9 Ret 19 25 15 Ret 19 9 4 Ret 42.5
8 Spain Daniel Campos-Hull 14 14 Ret 21 Ret 19 17 11 23 14 20 8 13 13 Ret 17 10 7 14 Ret 37.5
9 Netherlands Henkie Waldschmidt Ret Ret 13 26 Ret 17 9 Ret 17 Ret 15 17 10 7 Ret 12 20 DNS 10 Ret 37
10 Germany Jens Klingmann Ret Ret 24 24 Ret 20 15 10 21 18 16 10 11 11 11 8 27 15 22 16 32.5
11 United Kingdom Martin Plowman 17 Ret Ret 23 Ret Ret Ret Ret 20 17 17 21 18 22 8
Pos Driver HOC
1

Germany
HOC
2

Germany
MUG
1

Italy
MUG
2

Italy
PAU
1

France
PAU
2

France
NOR
1

Germany
NOR
2

Germany
ZAN
1

Netherlands
ZAN
2

Netherlands
NÜR
1

Germany
NÜR
2

Germany
BRH
1

United Kingdom
BRH
2

United Kingdom
CAT
1

Spain
CAT
2

Spain
LMS
1

France
LMS
2

France
HOC
1

Germany
HOC
2

Germany
Pts

Team's standings[edit]

Nation Points
1 France ART Grand Prix 159
2 France Signature-Plus 110.5
3 Germany Mücke Motorsport 88
4 Italy Prema Powerteam 80
5 United Kingdom Manor Motorsport 78.5
6 France SG Formula 37
7 Switzerland Jo Zeller Racing 11
8 Italy R.C. Motorsport powered by Volkswagen 4
9 United Kingdom Carlin Motorsport 1.5
10 Austria HBR Motorsport 0

Nations Cup[edit]

Nation Points
1  France 140
2  Germany 119
3  United Kingdom 64
4  Italy 49.5
5  Netherlands 48
6  Finland 47
7  Japan 43
8  Spain 17.5
9  Canada 11.5
10  Ireland 9
11  United States 8
12  Monaco 6.5
13  Czech Republic 5
14  Venezuela 0.5

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "2008 Entry List" (PDF). formel3guide.com. Retrieved 2009-10-14.