Marco Wittmann was the most successful Volkswagen driver at the seventh race weekend of the Formula 3 Euro Series at Silverstone, UK. The German celebrated his fourth victory of the season at the final run. Wittmann had previously mounted the podium at the first race which he finished as the runner-up.
Signature driver Marco Wittmann had started into the first race from position four on the grid. The overall runner-up in last year's Euro Series immediately recovered two places after the start. While rain was setting in he went on to defend his podium place across 19 laps until seeing the checkered flag. This second-place finish in the 19th race of the 2011 season marked as much as Wittmann's eleventh top-three result in the 2011 season.
The sprint race on Saturday went less favorably for Wittmann. After having started from position seven, he made an off-track excursion which caused him to drop to the rear of the field and having to settle for tenth place in the end. The Japanese Kimiya Sato, who finished third ahead of the German Daniel Abt and the Belgian Laurens Vanthoor as the leader of a pack of three "powered by Volkswagen”, was more successful. Since the winner of this run, the Dane Marco Sørensen (Mercedes), as a guest entrant was not eligible for scoring points, the Volkswagen trio reaped the points for positions three to five.
The third race on Sunday was again dominated by Marco Wittmann who advanced from position five on the grid to a first-place finish that marked his fourth win of the season. The Columbian Carlos Muñoz and four other Volkswagen drivers on positions four to seven perfected the good team result. In the overall standings of the highly competitive junior series Marco Wittmann climbed to second place.
Kris Nissen, Volkswagen Motorsport Director:
"We're taking positive stock after the weekend. The Signature team has achieved three podium positions and scored many points. However, we must also acknowledge that Roberto Merhi is driving in a different league this year – similar to our champion Edoardo Mortara in the 2010 season. Even though it looks like we won't be defending the title the 2011 Formula 3 year has been a positive one for Volkswagen as we've celebrated an early title win in the British Championship and are on course for the title in the Formula 3 Cup. Across all three championships we've won more than 50 per cent of all races.”
#1 – Marco Wittmann (Germany)
"In view of my fair to middling grid positions I achieved more than I'd expected. Particularly in the third race I benefited from a crash in front of me and a drive-through penalty for Roberto Merhi. Although my gap to Roberto in the standings is large I'll continue to give everything as long as I've still got mathematical chances of becoming champion.”