How F3 transformed Vettel's attitude
Marcus Simmons's Brands F3 weekend included a chat with the man who oversaw Sebastian Vettel's F3 rookie year and calmed the 'headstrong teenager' who would become a legend
European F3 paddock diary from Brands Hatch: trackside view, Kvyat's tyre adventures and the story of Vettel's F3 transformation
After Monza, Silverstone and Hockenheim, Brands Hatch was an entirely different discipline for the guys and girls of the Formula 3 European Championship. Following three race weekends of wide-open spaces, long straights and relatively flat circuits, the cambers, hills and incessant cornering of Brands must have made it feel as though they'd been plonked into a Wall of Death fairground sideshow.
It's great to watch too. While the Indy circuit, in common with many of the old-school British tracks, can rarely offer much in the way of overtaking in F3, those very same qualities that make the racing dull provide fantastic viewing in practice and qualifying.
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