Who will be the 2018 FIA Formula 3 European Champion? Mick Schumacher (PREMA Theodore Racing), Daniel Ticktum (Motopark) or Marcus Armstrong (PREMA Theodore Racing)? That’s the question thrilling all the fans and all those involved in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship when the series is going to contest its season finale this weekend at the 4.574-kilometre Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg.
Mick Schumacher travels to Hockenheim as title favourite as the 19-year old’s lead over his toughest rival, Daniel Ticktum, amounts to 40 points. While the Briton has got 20 points more on his tally than Ferrari Junior Marcus Armstrong, with 27 of the 30 races contested. And there still are 75 points to be scored in the three races of the season finale.
Other than for Mick Schumacher and Ticktum it will be the first FIA F3 European Championship season finale for Armstrong. Nonetheless, the New Zealander knows Hockenheim as the German GP circuit also was the venue of the ADAC Formula 4 season finale. Ticktum contested the final race meeting of the 2016 FIA Formula 3 European Championship season as guest driver but due to his guest status he had to start into all the three races from the last row on the grid and his best result was a 13th place. Schumacher’s best F3 race result at Hockenheim to date was just one position better. Last year, as FIA Formula 3 European Championship regular, he finished 12th in one of the races in Baden-Württemberg.
Mick Schumacher (PREMA Theodore Racing): “I’m really happy with my season so far and particularly with the second half. That was the period of time when the hard work that was begun far before the season paid off. It goes without saying that we now will try as hard as we can to tie in with our performances in the previous race meetings. Although we are going to contest the season finale and my chances of winning the title look bright I will focus just on the forthcoming race before making the next step. Everything else will follow automatically.”