Raffaele Marciello has just three races standing between him and the European F3 title as long as he can hold off nearest rival Felix Rosenqvist.
With 27 races completed it comes down to races 28, 29 and 30 at Hockenheim to determine who will follow in the footsteps of Ryan Briscoe, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Hülkenberg and win a European F3 title.
Prema Powerteam driver Marciello has a 45.5 point lead over Mucke Motorsport‘s Rosenqvist, but he isn’t resting on his laurels: “My lead looks comfortable but that’s an error. I learned at Zandvoort that even a big lead doesn’t mean safety. If something goes wrong, such a lead can be lost very quickly. Therefore, I will opt for my usual approach for the season-finale weekend and won’t allow myself to get distracted by thinking about the possible title triumph. I will fully focus on the job to be done and give my very best. Then we will have to wait and see what happens.”
Indeed the omens look good for the Italian driver who has led the way for the entire F3 season, but the finale is on a track that Rosenqvist knows well: “I’m far from giving up and think that my chances of winning the title are still alive. I know that Hockenheim is a racetrack that used to always suit my team and me well. Therefore, this circuit is the perfect place to once again hurl myself with full power and concentration into the battle with Raffaele.”
This weekend will see a new champion crowd and all three races are available to watch on Motors TV, with www.theCheckeredFlag.co.uk brining you the news on who finally wins the battle to become 2013 F3 champion.