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F3 Euro Series: Roster Updates

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted December 9, 2009 at 5:41 pm F3 Euro Series, Signing

Motopark Academy signed Adrian Quaife-Hobbs and Matias Laine for the 2010 Formula 3 Euro Series.  The team plans to announce their third driver later this week.  Both Quaife-Hobbs and Laine spent the 2009 season in the Formula Renault 2.0 category.

Motopark Academy also announced that they will be making the switch to Volkswagen power for the 2010 season.

Mucke Motorsport signed Roberto Merhi earlier today for 2010.  Merhi drove for Manor Motorsport in 2009 but decided to make the move to Mucke in 2010 as Manor will be dropping their F3 Euro Series program to focus on GP3.

After the jump, I will add a few details on each driver and some thoughts on their career decision.  

Motopark Academy

Quaife-Hobbs finished 4th in both the Formula Renault Eurocup and North European Cup this season while driving for Motopark Academy, so he will be quite familiar with the team heading into next season.   He performed very well with Comtec at the World Series by Renault Motorland Aragon test, which had a few wondering if he would make the jump straight to the Formula Renault 3.5 category in 2010.  Ultimately, he decided on the F3 Euro Series… which is probably a solid choice for future development.

Matias Laine also spent some time with Motopark Academy in 2009 while driving in the Formula Renault Eurocup.  Laine struggled with consistency in 2009 and will likely be battling the same issues in 2010.  His best finish in 2009 was 5th—which occurred at Silverstone in the Eurocup.  Laine has potential to do quite well next season, but he might have been better off to focus on one more season in the Formula Renault 2.0 category.  Time will tell.

Mucke Motorsport

As noted above, Roberto Merhi spent the 2009 season in the Formula 3 Euro Series with Manor Motorsport.  He will be returning for his sophomore season with Mucke Motorsport in 2010.  Merhi finished 7th in the overall championship and landed on the podium four times.  His best finish in 2009 was 2nd— which occurred twice (Hockenheim, Lausitzring).  His runner-up finish at Hockenheim was his very first race in a Formula 3 Euro Series car.  The move to Mucke is probably a good move as the team did a real good job of challenging ART with Christian Vietoris behind the wheel.  Look for Merhi to be a front runner in 2010.

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