German Formula 3 celebrates a 70th birthday

18. March 2016

Bertram Schäfer is a legend of German Formula 3 sports. In 1976 and 1978 he won the German Formula 3 Championship as a driver. Later on, he managed the most successful racing team of the German Formula 3 history to date for several years. Seven championship victories, countless runner-up titles and about 80 individual wins by drivers from Schäfer’s team, including Stefan Bellof, Tom Kristensen or Nick Heidfeld. Bertram Schäfer was in charge of the founding of the Formula 3 Association in 1975 and has been active in the Board ever since. Today the “German Formula 3” celebrates his 70th birthday. A look back with Nick Heidfeld and Tom Kristensen at a very successful professional life.

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Wonder boy Matteo Cairoli joins ADM Motorsport

The Italian ADM Motorsport team is off to a good start to the season with a test in Franciacorta, using the car configured for the 2013 season and Matteo Cairoli, the new talent of Renato Melchioretto’s team. The Italian wonder boy is only sixteen years old and has no experience in kart driving. So far, his CV shows only one race in the Formula Renault.

The one-day test was carried out on the Italian Franciacorta circuit. And Matteo showed a great performance just like during the test in November. At first, the ADM Motorsport team warmed up the car and checked that everything was ok. “The guys from the team did a great and fast job,” says Melchioretto, the team principal and technical director. Afterwards, ADM Motorsport started the actual test in order to set up the car, adjust the car to the driver and harmonise the driver and the team. The work proceeded well, and after lunch Matteo completed a lap in 1:05.00 with used tyres, even though there were a lot of cars on the track, due to the fact that other teams were also preparing for the new season.

Optimization completed
Using new tyres, Cairoli completed a lap in 1:03.99, a difference of 6 tenths of a second compared to the Italian F3 cup in May 2012, with higher temperature and better track conditions. At the end of the session, Cairoli was happy. “In the morning I was not able to really push because the new car is very different from the last one that I tested. However, after Renato had made some modifications it ran really well. If we had been able to make better use of the new tyres from my first lap, I could have driven real fast. The car ran perfectly but traffic slowed me down.”

Wonder boy on the right track
A very good start for 16-year old Matteo Cairoli from Como and the ADM Motorsport team. The next thing on the agenda is the collective test on the championship tracks, where we can surely expect great results.

ADM Motorsport plan to contest the season with a total of three drivers. Drivers still have a chance to sign up.

ATS Formula 3 Cup racing schedule:
26-28/04     Oschersleben (DEU), ADAC GT Masters
10-12/05     Spa-Francorchamps (BEL), ADAC GT Masters
17-19/05     Nürburgring / 4,585m (DEU), ADAC Zurich 24-Hour Race
07-09/06     Sachsenring (DEU), ADAC GT Masters
14-16/06     Lausitzring / 3,487m (DEU), DTM
02-04/08     Nürburgring / 5,137m (DEU), ADAC GT Masters
30/08-01/09 Lausitzring / 4,535m (DEU), ADAC GT Masters
13-15/09     Oschersleben (DEU), DTM
27-29/09     Hockenheimring (DEU), ADAC GT Masters