The 2010 Formula 3 Euro Series season concludes at the Hockenheimring this weekend, and even though Edoardo Mortara was crowned champion at the previous round at Oschersleben, there are still two major targets for some of the drivers to aim for.
The battles to be crowned the best rookie and the series runner-up will be played out around the two races, which will be held around a new, shorter layout of the German circuit. The concept behind the shorter format is to increase the number of laps for each race, allowing the fans in the stadium sections to see the cars come around more often, in theory giving them better value for money.
The best rookie title will be fought out between two drivers. Portugal's Antonio Felix da Costa (Motopark Academy) enters the final rounds with a nine-point advantage in the drivers' standings over Spaniard Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam). Felix da Costa picked up three consecutive Sunday morning race wins earlier in the season, while Juncadella is still looking for his first victory in the category.
German driver Marco Wittmann currently holds second place in the standings behind his Signature teammate Mortara. Eight points behind is ART Grand Prix driver Valtteri Bottas. The Finn will be looking to recover some glory from a disappointing season. Having won the rookie title in 2009, Bottas began 2010 as many people's favourite for the title. ART teammate Alexander Sims can still mathematically finish as runner-up, lying 14 points behind Wittmann with 17 points available.
Wittmann has good memories of Hockenheim though, having won there earlier in the season. He says: “It goes without saying that I will try hard to finish runner-up in the championship, at Hockenheim. I think that I am – compared to Valtteri and Alexander – in the best initial position as I've got more points on my tally than both of them. The fact that we will race on a new, shorter version of the track shouldn't represent a problem. The pre-event test on Friday morning should be more than enough for familiarising oneself with the new layout.”