• Saturday , 16 December 2017

Felix fights back to 14th in Race 1

R1Felix hauled himself from 22nd on the grid to 14th by the chequered flag in the opening FIA Formula 3 European Championship race of the weekend at Pau, as he produced no less than eight overtaking moves at the ultra-tight street venue.

The lowly grid position came as a result of yesterday’s qualifying disaster, where Felix encountered engine problems that left him at the back of the pack.

He set about progressing as soon as the lights went out, however, slotting in behind Double R Racing’s Felipe Guimaraes and Prema Powerteam runner Antonio Fuoco as the race settled in. He would later overtake both of his rivals – and Van Amersfoort Racing’s Gustavo Menezes – in the closing stages to cross the line in 14th.

As expected, the race featured a number of incidents, with the safety car being called into action twice. Victory went to Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam), who controlled proceedings from pole position.

Next up this weekend is Qualifying 2, in which the grid for Races 2 and 3 will be formed.

FELIX:

“That was a very fun race! It’s interesting how you can actually enjoy a race where you’re not even fighting for points more than one where you’re winning. It was a genuine race in the true sense of the word, and I did some of the best overtaking manoeuvres of my career today. I went around the outside of a couple of guys into the hairpin, and just tried to enjoy it as much as I could. Now, the weekend sort of re-starts for me, and I’m massively looking forward to qualifying this afternoon. We really deserve a better outcome now.”

RESULTS

Pos. No Driver Laps Time Gap
1 2 Esteban Ocon / FRA Prema Powerteam 27 00:35:36.291 -
2 3 Lucas Auer / AUT kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 27 00:35:39.213 2.922
3 30 Max Verstappen / NED Van Amersfoort Racing 27 00:35:42.242 5.951
4 28 Jake Dennis / GBR Carlin 27 00:35:47.659 11.368
5 5 Jordan King / GBR Carlin 27 00:35:48.964 12.673
6 21 Félix Serrallés / USA Team West-TecF3 27 00:35:51.001 14.710
7 19 Antonio Giovinazzi / ITA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 27 00:35:52.088 15.797
8 6 Edward Jones / UAE Carlin 27 00:35:57.487 21.196
9 11 Richard Goddard / GBR ThreeBond with T-Sport 27 00:36:00.313 24.022
10 20 Sean Gelael / INA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 27 00:36:01.155 24.864
11 31 Tom Blomqvist / GBR Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 27 00:36:02.350 26.059
12 10 John Bryant-Meisner / SWE Fortec Motorsports 27 00:36:02.801 26.510
13 26 Dennis van de Laar / NED Prema Powerteam 27 00:36:03.006 26.715
14 27 Felix Rosenqvist / SWE kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 27 00:36:04.404 28.113
15 16 Gustavo Menezes / USA Van Amersfoort Racing 27 00:36:05.839 29.548
16 14 Felipe Guimaraes / BRA Double R Racing 27 00:36:05.963 29.672
17 25 Antonio Fuoco / ITA Prema Powerteam 27 00:36:06.734 30.443
18 18 Tatiana Calderón / COL Jo Zeller Racing 27 00:36:11.144 34.853
19 15 Jules Szymkowiak / NED Van Amersfoort Racing 27 00:36:11.816 35.525
20 4 Roy Nissany / ISR kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 27 00:36:18.501 42.210
21 22 Hector Hurst / GBR Team West-TecF3 27 00:36:21.302 45.011
22 7 Riccardo Agostini / ITA Eurointernational 26 00:34:54.020 1  Lp.
NOT CLASSIFIED
- 8 Michele Beretta / ITA Eurointernational 12 00:16:39.100 15  Lp.
- 1 Nicholas Latifi / CAN Prema Powerteam 0 - -
- 9 Mitchell Gilbert / AUS Fortec Motorsports 0 - -
- 12 Alexander Toril / ESP ThreeBond with T-Sport 0 - -

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