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Will Volkswagen find the next Michael Schumacher?

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German Formula 3 Championship 1990, Michael Schumacher

Last weekend (22 August) 18-year-old Laurens Vanthoor secured the title in the ATS Formula 3 Cup as early as four races before the finale of the championship.

The personable Belgian thus continues Volkswagen’s proud success story in German Formula 3. His predecessors include today’s Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen, DTM record champion Bernd Schneider as well as seven-time Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher and Tom Kristensen, who – with eight exploits under his belt – is the record winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. By now, Formula 3 has not only made a name for itself as a junior racing class but is considered a stepping stone for the international cockpits of the DTM and Formula 1. Whether Lewis Hamilton, Robert Kubica, Nico Rosberg or Sebastian Vettel – they all went through the tough school of Formula 3 in their careers. The racing cars which tip the scales at merely 540 kg are powered by 2-litre 210-hp engines and, thanks to highly competitive fields of contenders, provide spectacular racing and fertile soil for future careers.

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Volkswagen Power for Formula ADAC youngsters

ADAC Formula Masters 2009

Volkswagen Power for Formula ADAC youngsters

Volkswagen Power for motorsport youngsters: The successful partnership between Volkswagen and the ADAC Formula Masters will start to its second season with the opening event at Oschersleben on Easter weekend (11 to 13 April).

American Liam Kenney, who raced in the American Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup in 2008 and finished the inaugural season as the runner-up, has now set out to establish himself in European formula racing. In 2008, the young US driver contested the ADAC Formula season finale at Hockenheim, with a complete season in the feeder series now following in 2009.

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