Day One Review: Round Four of the Championship

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Todd in practice at Sydney

Todd in practice at Sydney

TODD Hazelwood has started his fourth round debut in the Ausrtralian Formula 3 championship at Sydney Motorsport Park in style, registering the second quickest time in practice today.

Today’s practice included two 30-minute sessions, giving the Fujitsu Racing driver enough time to adapt to the circuit in readiness for tomorrow’s racing.

“It’s been a great learning curve driving around the Sydney Motorsport Park circuit today,” said Hazelwood.

“I’m happy with how I adapted to the track, but there are still some areas I need to improve on.

“We have showed some great signs of speed today, hopefully tomorrow we can challenge for pole position and breakthrough for a race win.”

Todd Hazelwood is currently second in the Forpark National class, hoping to close the gap on the championship leader.

Tomorrow’s racing includes one 20-minute qualifying session and two 9-lap races.

To follow Todd Hazelwood’s progress throughout this weekend for the fourth round of the Australian Formula 3 Championship, like Todd Hazelwood on Facebook or follow Todd on Twitter.

Saturday’s schedule: Shannons National’s Sydney Motorsport Park

10:15 Qualifying (20 minutes)
13:25 Race 1 (9 laps)
15:30 Race 2 (9 laps)

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Todd Hazelwood Ready for Debut at Sydney

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Todd Hazelwood Ready for Sydney Motorsport Park. Picture source: Dirk Klynsmith

Todd Hazelwood Ready for Sydney Motorsport Park. Picture source: Dirk Klynsmith

SOUTH AUSTRALIAN Todd Hazelwood has had a great start to his rookie season in the Formula 3 Australian Driver’s Championship, and is looking to continue that form for the fourth round of the series held at Sydney Motorsport Park.

Hazelwood is yet to race at the circuit, but has tasted success in the state of New South Wales, becoming state champion a few years ago in his sprint karting career.

The Fujitsu Racing driver is currently second in the Forpark National Formula 3 Championship, and is looking forward to tasting more success and to get on the top step of the podium.

“After showing good pace at Darwin having never raced at Hidden Valley before, hopefully we can continue our strong form facing a new track again,” Hazelwood stated.

“The main goal for this round is to continue to collect strong championship points and remain consistent throughout the whole weekend.

“I’d love to have a win, but we have to be realistic and see how the racing goes.”

The teenager is looking forward to the great challenge to learn the grips of the circuit, as he believes it will be an exciting track in a Formula 3 race car.

“I can’t wait to test my ability on a great track, as the fast corners and fast braking is very demanding in a Formula 3.”

Todd Hazelwood will first hit the Sydney circuit on Friday (12 July) for practice.

To follow Todd Hazelwood’s round four progress of the Formula 3 Championship at Sydney Motorsport Park, like his Facebook page or follow Todd Hazelwood on Twitter.

Racing schedule: Shannons National’s Sydney Motorsport Park

Friday (12 July)

09:25 Practice 1 (30 minutes)
13:05 Practice 2 (30 minutes)

Saturday (13 July)

10:15 Qualifying (20 minutes)
13:25 Race 1 (9 laps)
15:30 Race 2 (9 laps)

Sunday (14 July)

11:40 Race 3 (14 laps)

Consistency the key for Todd Hazelwood’s championship

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Todd in race two. Photo by Dirk Klynsmith

Todd in race two. Photo by Dirk Klynsmith

17-YEAR-OLD Todd Hazelwood has stayed out of trouble in an eventful round at the Hidden Valley circuit for the third round of the Australian Formula 3 Drivers Championship to take out his third second-place podium for the season.

Hazelwood showed his pace early on in the round, having the quickest time in the Forpark National class on Friday.

The South Australian continued his strong success in the racing, steering clear in an eventful race one which consisted of three safety cars and was cut short by one lap. Races two and three were green throughout, developing some great open-wheel racing.

Todd Hazelwood finished second in all three races this weekend, continuing his strong form in this year’s Forpark National Formula 3 Championship.

“Race one was very eventful, I thought it was best to keep the car straight,” Hazelwood said.

“It was great racing under green for the other two races to really feel what the Fujitsu Racing Dallara was capable of and we showed that in our results.

“For now I am focussing on my championship and looking forward to my first time out at Sydney Motorsport Park for the fourth round of the series.”

The teenager also gained some local support while racing in Darwin.

“It was great to have Hydrokleen and Bosch Service Centre on the side of the car for the Skycity Triple Crown event,” Hazelwood stated.

“Without the local support, this race would have not been possible.

“The atmosphere of the event and the local supporters was overwhelming and I can’t wait to race in Darwin again in the future.”

The Fujitsu Racing driver is currently in second place in the Forpark National Formula 3 Championship.

Todd Hazelwood’s next race is held at Sydney Motorsport Park for the fourth round of the Australian Formula 3 Drivers Championship on the 12 – 14 June.

All F1 Drivers Can Drive

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A few weeks ago, I was watching the Formula 1 qualifying with another dedicated fan and he turns to me and says, “well, you do know that not all of the Formula 1 drivers can drive … it’s about how much money they’ve got”.

Now, I personally know how expensive motor racing is and that a lot of it has to do with sponsorship and “who” you know. But, this does not mean that the drivers in the current championship can’t steer an F1 car.

So, to back up my statement and prove my learned friend wrong, I conducted a little background research on the current Formula 1 drivers in an effort to prove to him that most, if not all, the drivers have actually achieved a massive amount in their motor racing careers.

For example, current world champion Sebastian Vettel has won numerous go-karting world titles, won the Formula BMW championship and competed with current F1 drivers in the European Formula 3 series. These racers have always raced together, proving that development categories around the world are a vital part towards making it to the top. But it’s not all about the guys at the front of the grid.

The driver’s who are not gaining points in the championship at the moment are also really experienced racers. For example, Esteban Gutierrez, a newcomer to Formula 1, brings a huge amount of experience to Sauber. The Mexican has raced all over the world, having already claimed a Formula BMW European title and finishing third in the GP3 series last year (which he won in 2010). Although Gutierrez is yet to make a podium finish in the big league, this can be put down, at least in part, to the team he is steering for.

Unfortunately not all teams in Formula 1 have the same amount of money, but these drivers are all clearly good enough to win once the richer teams give them a chance.

Just because they are running at the back of the field, it does not mean they are “slow” or “can’t drive”. They are there largely due to their team not being able to fork out for the best gear to make faster Formula 1 cars.

So, for any of you non-believers that think Formula 1 is all about drivers who can’t drive and have heaps of money – think again. The skills all drivers acquire can’t be bought with a couple of million of dollars, it’s so much more than just the money. These guys can drive!