Just three weeks after Mercedes-Benz Motorsport announced that he would remain a part of its Formula Three stable in 2004, the German car manufacturer has confirmed that Canadian Bruno Spengler will be joining leading team Mucke Motorsport for the second instalment of the F3 Euroseries.

As part of the Mercedes-Benz 'junior team' and run by ASM in 2003, the 20-year old scored three podium finishes and led a race despite having missed the opening three events of the season because of a broken back. Despite the very demanding conditions imposed by his contract, Spengler impressed the powers that be at Mercedes-Benz with his speed in qualifying, his coolness during the races, his talent to pass other competitors, his ability to discuss with the engineers and his knowledge of three languages, and obviously did enough to warrant a return to the series next year.

This season, M?cke Motorsport proved to be the best placed Mercedes-Benz-powered team in the Euroseries, securing second place in the final standings with Austrian Christian Klien - now a Formula One driver with Jaguar - and fourth place with German Markus Winkelhock.

"Mucke Motorsport is one of the best - if not the best - F3 team around," Spengler reckoned, "Peter Mucke and I talked on a regular basis in 2003 and we developed an excellent relationship. He wanted me in his team, but the final decision had to come from Mercedes-Benz.

"I cannot say how delighted I am to be part of such a highly professional team. Mucke Motorsport and Mercedes-Benz will give me the tools to win races in the most competitive Formula Three series in the world."

Spengler is currently at home in Canada, having recently completed ten days of testing aboard his new Dallara-Mercedes, and will return to Europe after the festive break to continue his preparations for the 2004 season.



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