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THE CIRCUIT

          

Length: 1.929 km
Opened: 1950
F3 lap record: 40.953s (Marco Wittmann, 2010)
Circuit map: click here
Geographic position: click here

Just one week on from the streets and Armcos of Pau, another classic venue enters the stage as Brands Hatch prepares to welcome the Formula 3 Euro Series and FIA European F3 Championship field to the forests and meadows of suburban London. Having hosted 12 British Grands Prix between 1964-1986, Brands Hatch is a venue rich in history, and is widely regarded as an "old-school" high-speed circuit loved by fans and drivers alike.

Although most of the tales and stories of Brands Hatch involve the full-length Grand Prix circuit, the track has slowly been out-grown by the innovations of modern motorsport, and safety considerations have meant that the ultra-quick DTM and Formula 3 cars on site this weekend will race on the considerably safer "Indy" configuration. Some of the most famous sections of the lap, however - including the legendary Paddock Hill Bend right-hander - will still need to be approached, maintaining many of the challenges that have made Brands Hatch such a popular place for more than 50 years.  
   

Characteristics

Featuring the shortest lap on the calendar at only 1.929 km, the intensity behind the wheel will be relentless at Brands Hatch. The circuit is known for its roller-coaster, no-time-to-rest nature, with even the (short) straights sweeping their way through the landscape. The start and finish area - where the cars will line up on the grid - is banked, which is another unique feature to take into consideration at the start of races.

The place to watch this weekend will be Turn 1 - or, as it's known within the motorsport fraternity, Paddock Hill Bend. Approached at over 200 km/h, drivers enter this corner with limited visibility as they go over a banked crest, before shooting downhill into a compression and onto the exit kerb. Paddock Hill Bend requires maximum dedication, and with multiple alternative lines to choose from, this section of the lap will aid those with a natural feeling for car control.

With the intense layout of the lap, where one corner leads into another, overtaking opportunities are limited at Brands Hatch, and a good performance in qualifying will greatly assist anyone's chances of success. Getting everything together on one flying lap, however, will be easier said than done considering the sub-45 second lap and the amount of traffic likely to play a significant role in the outcome of qualifying.     


Weather

While the British weather might be infamous for throwing up - or rather pouring down - the unexpected, this weekend's races actually look set to steer clear of rain. Temperatures are expected to sit around 10-15 degrees Celsius, with sunny conditions being forecast for the majority of the three days of action.

Click here for a detailed weather forecast


WEEKEND DATA

Felix's perspective

   

"Brands Hatch, like Pau last weekend, is another new circuit for me - and as always, I'm looking forward to the challenges that provides. For me, one of the most important aspects that make Formula 3 such a good environment to be in is the fact that you learn so much all the time, and the start to this season has definitely not been an exception. I think Brands Hatch - despite being the shortest track on the calendar - is a very technical venue. It winds its way up and down over crests and hills, and the braking points will be difficult to get right because of all the elevations and banked angles. There is no doubt that lap times will be extremely close throughout the field, and it will be vital to get a clean lap in qualifying - something I'm extra motivated to achieve since I didn't do the best possible job out of that in Pau."

   

Time schedule

All times local

Friday (18 May)
Free Practice: 10.25-11.25
Qualifying: 16.45-17.15

Saturday (19 May)
Race 1: 11.00-11.40
Race 2: 16.35-16.55

Sunday (20 May)
Race 3: 10.50-11.30


How it works

This weekend's races count towards both Formula 3 Euro Series and the FIA European Formula 3 Championship. The exception is Race 2, which only counts towards Formula 3 Euro Series.

The grid for the first race of the meeting is based on each driver's second-fastest lap time in Friday qualifying, with the outright fastest times setting up the grid for Race 3. Both Race 1 and Race 3 are run over approx. 40 minutes, and utilise the same points structure as Formula 1 with 25 points on offer for the winner. This applies to both Formula 3 Euro Series and the FIA European Formula 3 Championship.

Race 2 is a so-called "sprint" event, contested over approx. 20 minutes. The grid is formed by reversing the top eight finishers from Race 1, with the winner starting from eighth, the runner-up from seventh etc. The artificial elements of Race 2 - combined with the shorter race distance - mean that fewer points are up for grabs (10 for the winner) than in Race 1 and Race 3.

The full 2012 calendar and points system can be viewed here.


Preliminary entry list

No. Name Nat.       Team       Engine
1 Daniel Juncadella ESP       Prema Powerteam       Mercedes-Benz
2 Sven Müller GER       Prema Powerteam       Mercedes-Benz
5 Felix Rosenqvist SWE       Mücke Motorsport       Mercedes-Benz
6 Pascal Wehrlein GER       Mücke Motorsport       Mercedes-Benz
7 Sandro Zeller SUI       Jo Zeller Racing       Mercedes-Benz
8 Andrea Roda ITA       Jo Zeller Racing       Mercedes-Benz
9 Lucas Wolf GER       URD Rennsport       Mercedes-Benz
10 Philip Ellis GBR       GU-Racing       Mercedes-Benz
11 William Buller GBR       Carlin       Volkswagen
12 Carlos Sainz Jr. ESP       Carlin       Volkswagen
14 Michael Lewis USA       Prema Powerteam       Mercedes-Benz
15 Raffaele Marciello ITA       Prema Powerteam       Mercedes-Benz
16 Tom Blomqvist GBR       ma-con Motorsport       Volkswagen
17 Emil Bernstorff GBR       ma-con Motorsport       Volkswagen
23 Luis Sá Silva ANG       Angola Racing Team       Mercedes-Benz
           
Guest drivers (read more)            
Geoff Uhrhane  AUS        Double R       Mercedes-Benz
Fahmi Ilyas  MAS        Double R       Mercedes-Benz
Jazeman Jaafar  MAS        Carlin       Volkswagen
Harry Tincknell GBR       Carlin       Volkswagen



HOW TO FOLLOW FELIX THIS WEEKEND

Website

As always, www.felixracing.se will be fully updated throughout the weekend, with reports from each of the sessions that take place. The website is the central information hub for everything that goes on both on and off the track, and will also feature other relevant news, pictures and videos.


TV

For the first time in the history of Formula 3 Euro Series, all races will be streamed LIVE at www.f3euroseries.com throughout the season, meaning everyone with an internet connection will now be able to watch all the action in real time. The live stream can also be accessed via banners appearing on the start page at www.felixracing.se. The streaming will commence ten minutes before the scheduled start of each race (see event time table above). 


Social media

The interaction with fans and followers will principally involve Felix Racing's official Facebook Fan Page (link below), where supporters can discuss all the goings-on and post potential questions to Felix.

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