• Thursday , 23 November 2017

Felix records fastest lap, finishes fourth in Imola Race 1

R1Felix continued to display encouraging pace at Imola as the first race of the weekend took centre stage on Saturday morning, setting the fastest lap of the event on his way to fourth place.

The field snaked composedly through Tamburello after the start, with Felix duly slotting in behind Tom Blomqvist in fourth as the frontrunners maintained their positions. Further around the lap, however, Fortec team-mates Santino Ferrucci and reigning British F3 champion Martin Cao made contact on the exit of Tosa, triggering an early safety car period.

Once the debris had been cleared and the race resumed, Felix put Blomqvist under pressure in the battle for third, but the fight eventually ebbed out and the top five remained unchanged throughout the remainder of the 20-lap event.

Behind them, however, there was plenty of drama – and most of it befell F1-bound Max Verstappen.

The Dutchman – who started from the midfield after serving a ten-place grid penalty following an engine change last time out at the Nürburgring – rose quickly through the field in the early stages, but then ran off the track as he attempted a move around the outside of Jake Dennis for sixth at Tamburello.

After dropping back, Verstappen was then hit by Antonio Fuoco at Rivazza in an incident that earned the Italian Ferrari protégé a drive-through penalty, and later made contact with Roy Nissany to again try out the Imola gravel traps and find himself under scrutiny from the stewards.

Verstappen was subsequently handed a suspended one-race ban for the Nissany clash, effective on his next infringement and valid for the rest of the FIA F3 European Championship season.

The race was won by championship leader Esteban Ocon, who took another step towards wrapping up the title.

With Felix setting the fastest lap of the race – and a further two tours that were quicker than anyone else could manage - there are winds of optimism blowing at Mücke Motorsport going into this afternoon’s second qualifying session, in which the grids for races two and three will be set.

FELIX:

“It was quite a tough race, even though the ultimate pace was good. We still struggle with consistency; we’re really quick when we get it together, but it’s on the edge and it’s very easy to make a mistake. At times today, I was quite a lot quicker than Blomqvist, and at times I dropped back. We should be strong in qualifying this afternoon, though – one-lap pace looks very good, as indicated by my three fastest laps.”

#ForzaJules


RESULTS

Pos. No Driver Laps Time Gap
1 2 Esteban Ocon / FRA Prema Powerteam 20 35’57.565
2 5 Jordan King / GBR Carlin 20 35’59.074 1.509
3 31 Tom Blomqvist / GBR Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 20 36’00.546 2.981
4 27 Felix Rosenqvist / SWE kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 20 36’03.121 5.556
5 19 Antonio Giovinazzi / ITA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 20 36’04.852 7.287
6 3 Lucas Auer / AUT kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 20 36’09.723 12.158
7 28 Jake Dennis / GBR Carlin 20 36’11.603 14.038
8 21 Félix Serrallés / USA Team West-TecF3 20 36’15.726 18.161
9 18 Tatiana Calderón / COL Jo Zeller Racing 20 36’20.311 22.746
10 20 Sean Gelael / INA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 20 36’21.331 23.766
11 32 Nick Cassidy / NZL ThreeBond with T-Sport 20 36’27.589 30.024
12 26 Dennis van de Laar / NED Prema Powerteam 20 36’31.172 33.607
13 6 Edward Jones / UAE Carlin 20 36’34.707 37.142
14 29 Sergio Sette Camara / BRA Eurointernational 20 36’41.932 44.367
15 11 Richard Goddard / AUS ThreeBond with T-Sport 20 36’42.411 44.846
16 25 Antonio Fuoco / ITA Prema Powerteam 20 36’49.550 51.985
17 8 Michele Beretta / ITA Eurointernational 20 36’50.700 53.135
18 22 Wing Chung Chang / MAC Team West-Tec F3 20 36’55.636 58.071
NOT CLASSIFIED
- 4 Roy Nissany / ISR kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 17 31’29.711
- 30 Max Verstappen / NED Van Amersfoort Racing 17 31’30.069
- 16 Gustavo Menezes / USA Van Amersfoort Racing 16 30’00.164
- 12 Alexander Toril / ESP ThreeBond with T-Sport 10 20’12.268
- 15 Jules Szymkowiak / NED Van Amersfoort Racing 7 15’14.892
- 1 Nicholas Latifi / CAN Prema Powerteam 0 0.000
- 9 Hongwei Cao / CHN Fortec Motorsports 0 0.000
- 10 Santino Ferrucci / USA Fortec Motorsports 0 0.000
- 23 William Buller / GBR Signature 0 0.000

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