GP3 leader Nigel Melker is having another good weekend. He’s participating in F3 Euroseries as a rookie alongside the F1 feeder series’ feeder series. Anyway, he doesn’t lead F3 Euroseries, which has had two rounds of three races each so far. But the Dutchman did win the first race. This week, he’s on pole position for the first race; then the second race has the top 8 finishers from the first race reversed. In the final race, he has qualified P2. He drives for the same team in F3 Euroseries as GP3, but he is the only driver to be competing in both series. Definitely Melker will be one to watch. There are seven rounds of three races left, so the results could go anywhere.
Winning the F3 Euroseries is usually a sign of a good driver. In 2005, Lewis Hamilton won with Adrian Sutil second; in 2006, Paul di Resta won with Sebastian Vettel second. In 2007, Romain Grosjean won with Sebastien Buemi second and Nico Hulkenberg third; the Hulk won in 2008, and Julies Bianchi came third; Bianchi won the next year, and current GP2 driver Christian Vietoris came second. Christian Klien came second in 2003, with Lucas di Grassi coming third in 2005. Valtteri Bottas (currenly 7th in GP3) came third for the last two seasons. IndyCar driver Ryan Briscoe won the 2003 series. However, GP3 seems to be causing attendance in this series to diminish, with only 12 regular drivers for the last two seasons compared to at least 20 in 2009.
Rio Haryanto and Luca Filippi have also been off in Auto GP, the new name for Euroseries 3000. They were qualifying today in Monza, with Luca in P4 for Super Nova and Rio P11 for DAMS. Rio drivers for Manor Racing in GP3, while Luca is still a Super Nova driver in GP2.
In F2, there were two practice sessions today. Miki Monras headed both of them. Three Brits featured in each top ten: Will Bratt (5th, 5th), Jon Lancaster (7th, 6th) and Alex Brundle (9th, 9th). As for Natalia “I’m a girl so you have to mention me” Kowalska, she was P15 in the first session. In the second session she was P11, but only 0.002s off P10 (Kelvin Snoeks), 0.015 off P9 (Brundle) and 0.016 off P8 (Bortolotti). That is incredibly close between P11 and P8. I’ll be back with a race report tomorrow.