Pirelli has announced that they will remain as exclusive tyre supplier to the FIA Formula One World Championship™ for a further three years, once this season is completed. The Italian tyre manufacturer and the FIA have renewed their current contract, which will now extend from 2017 to 2019.

This deal was completed over the winter, during which the FIA and Pirelli – in collaboration with the Teams – agreed important changes to the technical regulations. From 2017 there will be new technical regulations, including significant changes to the bodywork and wider tyres.

pirelli-extends-f1-tm-contract-maxi-guenther-norisring-race-neuschwansteinerWe are very happy to congratulate and ‘support’ our friends at Pirelli motorsport with some noble extra Neuschwansteinerfuel‘ for their team and guests. We know they like our beer very much and we think it fits very nicely in their lovely stylish paddock hospitality! “Cin Cin”. And please let us know if you need a ‘refill’, we will be bringing one to the next race.

In addition, the FIA and Pirelli have today signed a new four-year agreement in support of the FIA’s Action for Road Safety campaign.

pirelli-extends-f1-tm-contract-maxi-guenther-norisring-race-neuschwansteiner-01One of the primary goals of the campaign, launched in support of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, is to educate and better inform road users on the importance of respecting the rules of the road.

Of course in this context we have to emphasize that “Don’t drink and Drive” is an absolute Must for us!

As a Global Partner of the campaign, Pirelli will promote the FIA’s ’10 Golden Rules’ for road safety through all of its networks. Pirelli will also organise training programmes, as well as projects to raise awareness on safe driving, in collaboration with a selection of FIA Member Clubs.

Maximilian Günther looks forward to the upcoming European Formula 3 race during the DTM weekend at the Norisring in Nürnberg, Germany.

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Maxi Günther

At the last race at the Austrian Red Bull Ring, our 18-year-old friend scored two podiums from three races. In addition to his two victories so far in the current campaign, Günther can now look back on five podium finishes from twelve races.

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The youngster, who drives for the Italian Prema Powerteam outfit, is up to third place in the championship on 123 points, just five behind second place in the world’s most competitive junior racing series.

We caught up with the German super talent ahead of the weekend, took some nice pictures with his Austrian Trophy and asked him a few questions:

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Maxi Günther

Up next is the Norisring in Nuremberg, which is surely the highlight of the year for you. That was where you scored your first victory in Formula 3 last year. What does returning there this season mean to you?

For me, it’s once again a very special weekend, because the Norisring is my home track. From the Allgäu region, I have only a short trip to Nuremberg. The track is very short and tight; also it doesn’t have a lot of corners. Everything has to be just right there. You have to take each corner very precisely and cleanly. The Norisring is a special challenge which I found very enjoyable last year. To be returning now with the guys from Prema is an incredible feeling.

In 2015, you celebrated your Norisring victory by jumping fully clothed into the nearby Dutzendteich lake. What are your plans this time if you repeat your race win?

Last year was me redeeming a bet I had made with my engineer. Sporting bets are matters of honour after all. I would have no problem with jumping into the Dutzendteich again this year. But of course it all depends on the bet that I make with the team this time. Wait and see what happens if I win again. You might be surprised…

About Maxi

Maxi is a rising star among newcomers to Germany’s motor racing scene.

Maximilian Günther posted his first laps in a kart at the age of six. Success was not long in coming: As a nine-year-old in 2006, Maxi won the South Bavarian ADAC Kart Championship, becoming German ADAC kart champion in the following year. After securing overall victory in the 2010 ADAC kart championship, Maxi moved up to the Formula BMW Talent Cup, becoming the youngest participant ever and secured second place overall at his first attempt. In both 2013 and 2014, he finished the season as championship runner-up in the hard-fought Formel ADAC. Maximilian has been supported by the ADAC Sports Foundation for the last two years. In 2014, he was also accepted on the support programme run by the Deutsche Post Speed Academy, winning the accolade of top student at his first attempt.

About Prema

Prema Powerteam are one of the most successful racing stables in Europe. They have claimed five consecutive championships in the most competitive Formula 3 series in the world with Roberto Merhi (2011), Daniel Juncadella (2012), Raffaele Marciello (2013), Esteban Ocon (2014) and Felix Rosenqvist (2015). Jacques Villeneuve, Robert Kubica, Kamui Kobayashi, Merhi, Juncadella, Marciello and Ocon are just a few of their former drivers who subsequently made the step up to Formula 1 or the DTM. Prema Powerteam will once again be using the Formula 3 engine supplied by Mercedes-Benz in 2016. The 250-horsepower F3 414 has won both the FIA Formula 3 Championship (in 2014 and 2015) and the prestigious Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix.

About The 2016 FIA Formula 3 European Championship

The 2016 FIA Formula 3 European Championship runs over ten race weekends in seven countries.

Paul Ricard (WTCC / FRA)01.04. – 03.04.2016
Hungaroring (WTCC / HUN)22.04. – 24.04.2016
Pau (F3 GP / FRA)13.05. – 15.05.2016
Spielberg (DTM / AUT)20.05. – 22.05.2016
Norisring (DTM / GER)26.06.2016
Zandvoort (DTM / NED)15.07. – 17.07.2016
Spa-Francorchamps (Blancpain GT / BEL)28.07. – 30.07.2016
Nürburgring (DTM / GER)09.09. – 11.09.2016
Imola (ETCC / ITA)02.10.2016
Hockenheim (DTM / GER)16.10.2016

 

Pictures curtesy of Mario Bartkowiak, Prema/Suer

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Inga Stracke
Inga Stracke is a multi-talented journalist, event organizer, and networker who is equally at home in the Formula 1™ paddocks around the globe as well as the winter hills of the 4-Hill-Ski jumping tournament and other world class events. She is also a motorsport travel advisor for DERTOUR.Born in Bavaria, Inga became famous as pit-lane reporter for German Sky-TV and F1’s™ own multi-channel digital TV, and she founded the first agency for F1™ commercial radio broadcast in D-A-CH. She also produced the first Formula 1™ live radio show nationwide in US/Canada and headed the creation of the original Red Bulletin. Inga regularly contributes culinary trip reviews and gourmet features for MICHELIN starred restaurants around the globe.

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