• Wednesday , 18 October 2017

Felix loses podium to final lap fuel pump failure

R1Felix once again lost out on a seemingly certain podium when the fuel pump on his Mücke Motorsport car failed – twice – in the very final stages of this weekend’s opening FIA F3 European Championship race at Spa-Francorchamps.

After a strong first lap from seventh on the grid, Felix jumped to third with a series of moves on the run to Les Combes, slotting in behind Max Verstappen and team-mate Lucas Auer while championship leader Esteban Ocon was taken out in a clash with Antonio Fuoco.

From there, the order up front remained unchanged until the penultimate lap – when, as per diabolic intervention, disaster struck in by-now traditional 2014 fashion.

In a reoccurrence of the issues that held him back in yesterday’s qualifying session, a fuel pump failure saw Felix drop to fourth as Jake Dennis took advantage of the problem to grab third on the run through Blanchimont, although Felix fought back to reclaim P3 as the pair commenced the final lap after successfully enabling the spare pump installed in each F3 chassis.

It would all come to nothing, however, as – a few corners later – the spare pump failed as well, leaving Felix defenseless on the final sprint towards the Bus Stop chicane and dropping to seventh on the very final lap. He was able to freewheel across the line.

Mücke Motorsport are currently investigating the cause of the problems, which have struck Felix and team-mate Roy Nissany repeatedly in 2014.

FELIX:

“What can I say? First of all, I was lacking speed on the straights and could not attack Lucas in front of me even when getting a very good slipstream. I think that’s the first thing we need to investigate. Secondly, after the first fuel pump failed, I was able to activate the second one, which we can enable from the cockpit. When the second one failed two corners from the finish, it wasn’t a great feeling. There’s not much more to add.”

RESULTS

Pos. No Driver Laps Time Gap
1 30 Max Verstappen / NED Van Amersfoort Racing 15 35:52.582
2 3 Lucas Auer / AUT kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 15 35:53.399 0.817
3 28 Jake Dennis / GBR Carlin 15 35:56.807 4.225
4 31 Tom Blomqvist / GBR Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 15 35:57.252 4.670
5 25 Antonio Fuoco / ITA Prema Powerteam 15 35:59.974 7.392
6 16 Gustavo Menezes / USA Van Amersfoort Racing 15 36:00.381 7.799
7 27 Felix Rosenqvist / SWE kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 15 36:02.009 9.427
8 14 Felipe Guimaraes / BRA Double R Racing 15 36:05.629 13.047
9 15 Jules Szymkowiak / NED Van Amersfoort Racing 15 36:06.812 14.230
10 5 Jordan King / GBR Carlin 15 36:07.475 14.893
11 21 Félix Serrallés / USA Team West-TecF3 15 36:12.249 19.667
12 11 Richard Goddard / AUS ThreeBond with T-Sport 15 36:12.751 20.169
13 1 Nicholas Latifi / CAN Prema Powerteam 15 36:13.859 21.277
14 10 John Bryant-Meisner / SWE Fortec Motorsports 15 36:14.423 21.841
15 18 Tatiana Calderón / COL Jo Zeller Racing 15 36:15.044 22.462
16 4 Roy Nissany / ISR kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 15 36:15.822 23.240
17 26 Dennis van de Laar / NED Prema Powerteam 15 36:18.166 25.584
18 20 Sean Gelael / INA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 15 36:18.765 26.183
19 22 Hector Hurst / GBR Team West-TecF3 15 36:20.487 27.905
20 9 Mitchell Gilbert / AUS Fortec Motorsports 15 36:21.838 29.256
21 17 Sandro Zeller / SUI Jo Zeller Racing 15 36:24.045 31.463
22 8 Michele Beretta / ITA Eurointernational 15 36:25.087 32.505
NOT CLASSIFIED
- 19 Antonio Giovinazzi / ITA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 5 11:15.601 D.N.F.
- 29 Santino Ferrucci / USA Eurointernational 5 11:16.122 D.N.F.
- 12 Alexander Toril / ESP ThreeBond with T-Sport 2 4:35.091 D.N.F.
- 2 Esteban Ocon / FRA Prema Powerteam 0 D.N.F.

 

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