While the team exited their Spa-Francorchamps weekend with no wins, Prema Powerteam and its Mercedes-powered Dallaras put together a spectacular run in the Belgian weekend of the FIA European F.3 Championship. Daniel Juncadella cruised to a great second-place finish in the Race 1 and managed to trim is gap in standings from his team-mate Raffaele Marciello. The Italian, part of the Ferrari Driving Academy, suffered from a tough weekend. He was thus prevented to fight for wins and did not score points.
In qualifying, Juncadella clocked the third fastest laptime of the day, while Michael Lewis ended up in 11th, Marciello in 15th and Sven Muller in 16th. In the first race, held with a dry racetrack on Friday, Juncadella passed Carlos Sainz and finished in second behind winner Felix Serralles. Lewis scored a positive seventh place, while Marciello and Muller respectively battled their way to 11th and 12th.
After a thunderstorm featuring torrential rain forced the series to cancel the weekend's sprint heat, Prema Powerteam lined-up for the main race, held on a wet Saturday morning. With Juncadella involved in an early spin, Lewis captured a valuable top-5 finish. The Spaniard did an awesome job by recovering up to 8th, while Marciello ended up in 14th. Unfortunately, Sven Muller went off-track at Eau Rouge and had to retire, also suffering a fractured right arm. The whole staff of Prema Powerteam wish him a prompt recovery and hope to see him back on track really soon.
René Rosin - Director Of Sport
"We're really saddened for the incident that occurred to Muller. We are keeping up with him in hospital and we hope he'll be back behind the wheel of his Dallara-Mercedes soon. The Belgian weekend of the series has not been a perfect one compared to the others in 2012, but Juncadella managed a really positive second-place finish in the first race. Unfortunately, we couldn't manage to find the right set-up for the car driven by Marciello. On the other hand, Lewis proved particularly fast at Spa-Francorchamps as he took 7th in Race 1 before hitting the top-5 and consolidating the growth we were expecting from him".