Marcos Siebert (Mar de Plata, Argentina. 19 March 1996) made his debut in the Euroformula Open this season defending the Campos Racing colors. Argentinean Siebert, with previous experience in the GP3 Series and Formula 4, finished 3rd in the standings with one win at Estoril, and five other podium finishes.
It was your first season in the series. How was it?
It was an amazing season despite we had no preseason testing, barely two days, and we were immediately competitive to be in win contention. In fact, I won at Estoril. We were everywhere fighting for podium places. It was a shame because two race incidents at Spa-Francorchamps and Monza, while fighting for win, prevented us to remain in Vice-Championship contention until Barcelona. But it was a great year anyway.
Tell us about your best memories of the season.
One of the best ones was Estoril, for sure. Because I had such a small experience in a Formula 3 car before. It was nice. Barcelona was an extremely good weekend as well and, of course, the double podium finish at the Hungaroring. That fight for win at Spa-Francorchamps was quite good as well… But I would have to choose one, definitively it’s Estoril.
Despite your first race win came quite early at Estoril, your performance enhanced after the summer break. Why?
I made an excellent start to the season, but really my only time struggling happened at Paul Ricard, because I had never raced or testing there before. Then, on Friday rain prevented me to test in dry conditions. So, I headed into qualifying with no experience on dry asphalt. So I wasn’t able to put together these key last two tenths. At Spa, I crashed with Cameron Das when I was in win contention and finished fourth on Sunday… With the only exception of Spa, we were always up the front.
Who do you consider your strongest rivals?
In my opinion, Felipe Drugovich, Bent Viscaal, Matheus Iorio, Das and I were the strongest drivers throughout the season. In fact, except for a few cases, some of us always stepped onto the podium.
Tell us about Campos Racing and your season together.
It was my second season with them after contesting the GP3 Series last year. I feel at home with them because it’s a great team with a multi-skilled staff.
Tell us why you recommend the Euroformula Open championship for those youngsters looking for a programme in 2019
As a racing driver, I strongly recommend the series because the Formula 3 car is one of the best single-seaters in the world. I previously competed in the Formula 4 and the GP3 Series but I have to say the Formula 3 is an amazing car to learn. Besides, the calendar is comprised of Formula 1 circuits, so it’s an unbeatable preparation for your career.