• Thursday , 19 October 2017

Engine problem forces Felix out of podium battle

R3Felix was forced to retire from the final FIA Formula 3 European Championship race of the weekend at Hockenheim due to an engine problem when running third.

Starting from fourth on the grid, Felix shot off the line to snatch third from Antonio Giovinazzi, and then joined front-row men Max Verstappen and Esteban Ocon in a breakaway charge that saw the trio open up an immediate gap to their fellow rivals.

Once an early safety car period had been cleared, Felix began to put Race 2 winner Ocon under pressure, as the balance of his Mücke Motorsport machine proved considerably improved in the wake of some further afternoon set-up changes.

It would all turn to nothing on lap five, however, as a sudden loss of engine power forced Felix out of the race and into retirement to conclude a weekend of many challenges at the German Grand Prix venue.

The Mücke Motorsport engineers are yet to identify the cause of the engine problem, and do currently not know whether a replacement unit will be needed for next weekend’s round at Pau. If an engine change proves to be required, Felix would incur a ten-place grid penalty for all three races in France.

FELIX:

“Not exactly the best day of my career. For the first time this weekend, we got the set-up close to where it needs to be, and I felt quicker than Ocon when the engine lost power on the back straight. It was a real shame, and it cost us a potential podium. Still, it was positive to end the weekend on a strong note pace-wise, and with the next race just one week away at Pau, we will be back on-track again shortly – and we’re determined to fight back.”

RESULTS

Pos. No Driver Laps Time Gap
1 30 Max Verstappen / NED Van Amersfoort Racing 22 35:44.690
2 2 Esteban Ocon / FRA Prema Powerteam 22 35:45.550 +00.860
3 25 Antonio Fuoco / ITA Prema Powerteam 22 35:46.467 1.777
4 3 Lucas Auer / AUT kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 22 35:50.831 6.141
5 19 Antonio Giovinazzi / ITA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 22 35:51.532 6.842
6 28 Jake Dennis / GBR Carlin 22 35:52.298 7.608
7 5 Jordan King / GBR Carlin 22 35:56.530 11.840
8 4 Roy Nissany / ISR kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 22 36:10.101 25.411
9 16 Gustavo Menezes / USA Van Amersfoort Racing 22 36:11.119 26.429
10 7 Riccardo Agostini / ITA Eurointernational 22 36:13.804 29.114
11 17 Sandro Zeller / SUI Jo Zeller Racing 22 36:16.078 31.388
12 11 Richard Goddard / GBR ThreeBond with T-Sport 22 36:16.610 31.920
13 26 Dennis van de Laar / NED Prema Powerteam 22 36:17.758 33.068
14 9 Mitchell Gilbert / AUS Fortec Motorsports 22 36:19.461 34.771
15 6 Edward Jones / Carlin 22 36:22.107 37.417
16 15 Jules Szymkowiak / NED Van Amersfoort Racing 22 36:28.096 43.406
17 22 Hector Hurst / GBR Team West-TecF3 22 36:31.687 46.997
18 18 Tatiana Calderón / COL Jo Zeller Racing 22 36:34.054 49.364
19 10 John Bryant-Meisner / SWE Fortec Motorsports 22 36:34.954 50.264
20 12 Alexander Toril / ESP ThreeBond with T-Sport 22 36:37.020 52.330
21 8 Michele Beretta / ITA Eurointernational 22 36:46.896 +1:02.206
22 20 Sean Gelael / INA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 22 36:51.283 +1:06.593
23 21 Félix Serrallés / USA Team West-TecF3 0
23 1 Nicholas Latifi / COD Prema Powerteam 12 21:44.368 10L
24 27 Felix Rosenqvist / SWE kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 5 9:16.258 17L
25 14 Felipe Guimaraes / BRA Double R Racing 5 9:22.456 17L
26 31 Tom Blomqvist / GBR Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1 2:00.865 21L
27 21 Félix Serrallés / USA Team West-TecF3 1 2:10.006 21L

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