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2004 FORMULA 3000


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LIUZZI IS 2004 CHAMPION

  • Vitantonio Liuzzi driving for Arden International has dominated the championship with 6 wins. He claimed the title when he finished 2nd at the Belgium GP (Aug 28, 2004) with 1 more race to go. He won the final race at Monza finishing with 7 wins for the season.
  • LUIZZI (ARDEN): "... It's great, finally we did it. It's very exciting. I did not believe it until I crossed the chequered flag ... In the middle of the race other cars were catching me but I stayed calm. I had to think about the championship."

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2004 INTERNATIONAL FORMULA 3000 CHAMPIONSHIP

  • 10 round championship
  • season starts on 24 April (Imola) and finishes 11 September, 2004 at Monza

2004 DRIVER STANDING:

  • 1 Vitantonio Liuzzi, Arden International Motorsport, 7 wins, 70 points
  • 2 Enrico Toccacello, BCN Competicion, 1 win, 56 points
  • 3 Robert Doornbos, Arden International Motorsport, 44 points
  • 4 Enge 38
  • 5 Friesacher 33
  • 6 Lopez 28
  • 7 Guerrieri 28

2004 RACE RESULTS:

  • FINAL RACE: R10 of 10, September 12, 2004, Italian GP, Monza:
    winner Vitantonio Liuzzi
    2 Enge 3 Doornbos

  • R9 of 10, August 28, 2004, Belgian GP, Spa-Francorchamps:
    winner Robert Doornbos
    2 Liuzzi 3 Toccacelo

  • R8 of 10, August 15, 2004, Hungarian GP, Budapest:
    winner Patrick Friesacher
    2 Liuzzi 3 Toccacelo

  • R7 of 10, 25 July, 2004, German GP, Hockenheim:
    winner Vitantonio Liuzzi
    2 Toccacelo 3 Guerrieri

  • R6 of 10, 11 July, 2004, SILVERSTONE, British GP:
    winner Vitantonio Liuzzi
    2 Toccacelo 3 Enge

  • R5 of 10, 4 July, 2004, MAGNY-COURS:
    winner Vitantonio Liuzzi
    2 Enge 3 Friesacher

  • R4 of 10, 29 May, 2004, NURBURGRING:
    winner Enrico Toccacelo
    2 Robert Doornbos 3 Yannick Schroeder

  • R3 of 10, 22 May, 2004, MONACO:
    winner Vitantonio Liuzzi
    2 Enrico Toccacelo 3 Jose Maria Lopez

  • R2 of 10, 8 May, 2004, CATALUNYA:
    winner Vitantonio Liuzzi
    2 Enrico Toccacelo 3 Raffaele Giammaria
    GRID: 1 Enrico Toccacelo 2 Liuzzi 3 Schroeder 4 Doornbos 5 VD Merwe 6 Enge
    LIUZZI (WINNER): ".. I was confident for today's race and I am delighted to have won again. I made a a really good start passing Enrico (Toccacelo) and we are in good shape for the beginning of the season and we hope it will continue this way."

  • R1 of 10, 24 April, 2004, IMOLA:
    winner Vitantonio Liuzzi
    2 Enrico Toccacelo 3 Doornbos 4 Giammaria 5 Enge

F3000 TO BECOME FGP2 IN 2005

  • International Formula 3000 will undergo name change in 2005. It will become Formula GP2 to more closely align the series to Formula 1.
  • F3000 (Bruno Michel): " .... we will have a car that is going to be as close as possible to Formula 1 in terms of engine, chassis and tyres .... This new series will be the last step before Formula One ... costs will be kept low to make it successful .... Formula 3000 is suffering because the costs are too high .."

2004 DRIVERS / TEAMS

  • include
  • Team Super Nova
    Alan van der Merwe: 2003 British F3 champion joins Super Nova
  • Team Arden Motorsport (2003 champion)
    Vitantonio Liuzzi (ITA) - 2nd season
    Robert Doornbos (NED) rookie from F3 Euro

    Doornbos: "... My ambition in motorsports has always been to someday compete in the highest series ... I think that my racing career to date has helped to position me in the right place at the right time to take the next step forward.... This is a really big opportunity for me which I fully intend to make the most of. 2004 will be a learning year but I hope to learn as quickly as possible"
    Christian Horner (Arden Pricipal): " .. I am delighted that we have secured the services of Vitantonio and Robert with our goals clearly being to retain both Championships ... Vitantonio clearly demonstrated his championship potential during the 2003 season and was very impressive when he tested with us at both Estorill and Monza and Robert demonstrated a considerable speed during his F3 career and was immediately quick when he tested with us at Jerez in November and I am sure that he will quickly adapt to F3000. F3000 look set to have another competitive (year) and with a recent introduction of mandatory pit stop, I am sure the races will be extremely exciting".
  • Coloni Motorsport:
    Can Artam (TUR); Jeffrey van Hooydonk (BEL)
    HOOYDONK's 3rd season: "... I have a very good shot at the title and I do not want to waste the opportunity Coloni Motorsport has given me. I have good knowledge of the cars and the circuits which will be very helpful to me."
  • CMS Performance: (also managed by Coloni)
    Mathias Lauda (AUT); Josè Maria Lopez (ARG)
    Paolo Coloni (Principal): "... We have signed four very talented drivers who all have the potential to achieve their respective objectives this season ... this is the strongest line up we have been able to secure during our history "
    Mathias Lauda is the youngest son of F1 World Champion Niki Lauda, enthused:
    "Coloni is one of the best teams in the field and so this is a very good move for me. For sure F3000 is a very tough series and there is a lot to learn but I have a very good team around me to help"
  • MA-CON Motorsport
    Olivier Tielemans (NED) - rookie from Formula Renault
    Marian Hamprecht (Team Pricipal): ".. Olivier has adapted to the level of this class very fast and has shown he is ready for it in the 50 laps he drove. We are very pleased to work with him."

2004 RACE CALENDAR

  • R1, 24 April, 2004, IMOLA
  • R2, 8 May, 2004, CATALUNYA
  • R3, 22 May, 2004, MONACO
  • R4, 29 May, 2004, NURBURGRING
  • R5, 3 July, 2004, MAGNY COURS
  • R6, 10 July, 2004, SILVERSTONE
  • R7, 24 July, 2004, HOCKENHEIM
  • R8, 14 August, 2004, HUNGARY
  • R9, 28 August, 2004, SPA
  • R10, 11 September, 2004, MONZA

LAST SEASON: 2003

CHAMPIONSHIP won by Bjorn Wirdheim

2003 FINAL STANDING

  • 1 Wirdheim 78 pts, 3 wins
  • 2 Sperafico, 43, 2 wins
  • 3 Pantano, 41, 2 wins **** joins F1 Jordan ****
  • 4 Liuzzi, 39
  • 5 Friesacher 36, 1 win
  • 6 Toccacelo, 30, 1 win
  • 7 *Kiesa, 20, 1 win
  • =7 Janis 20
  • 9 Bell 17
  • 10 Giammaria 14

F3000 CAR SPECIFICATION:

Same size as F1 cars and 6 speed gearbox allowed

CHASSIS: 2002 Lola B2/50
ENGINE: Zytec 3 litre V8, 470 BHP
PREFORMANCE: 0-100 kph 3.1 second; 290 kph top speed
TYRES: AVON, same size as F1
DIMEMSION: same as F1
TRANSMISSION: 6 speed sequential Lola/Hewland

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2004 STANDING

Liuzzi 86
Toccacelo 56
Doornbos 44
Enge 38
Friesacher 33
Lopez 28
Guerrieri 28

 

 

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