• Friday , 15 December 2017

Felix salvages points despite suspension damage

slider-2The final FIA F3 European Championship race of the weekend at Spa turned into a troublesome one for Felix, who did however manage to salvage two points from a ninth-place finish despite suffering from a broken suspension.

In what was another exciting race in the Ardennes countryside, Felix set off from tenth on the grid and soon became engulfed in a series of battles as he fought to make up ground.

He was running particularly close with Felipe Guimaraes, who forced Felix wide on three occasions on the same lap, eventually culminating in the duo making contact at Bus Stop as Felix was pushed off the track as he attempted an around-the-outside move.

The clash dealt damage to the right-hand side of Felix’s Mücke Motorsport car, with a partially broken suspension hindering his efforts over the remainder of the race.

A few laps later, Guimaraes and Felix again made contact under braking for La Source, the Brazilian F3 champion spinning and dropping out of the points.

Felix then had to fend off attacks from behind as he struggled for grip - and straightline speed - in his damaged Dallara, eventually coming home ninth to at least salvage a couple of championship points.

The next round of the FIA F3 European Championship takes place on the streets of Nuremberg next weekend, with the tradition-steeped Norisring marking the halfway stage of the season.

FELIX:

“That was a busy race, and not the greatest I’ve ever driven. I was fighting with Guimaraes in the opening stages and after we made contact, it just wasn’t possible to make up much further ground as the car was already damaged. It’s simply not been our weekend, but it’ll be good to be back on track in a few days and try to do a better job in Nuremberg.”

RESULTS

Pos. No Driver Laps Time Gap
1 30 Max Verstappen / NED Van Amersfoort Racing 15 35:47.919
2 2 Esteban Ocon / FRA Prema Powerteam 15 35:48.414 0.495
3 16 Gustavo Menezes / USA Van Amersfoort Racing 15 35:50.185 2.266
4 21 Félix Serrallés / USA Team West-TecF3 15 35:51.009 3.090
5 1 Nicholas Latifi / CAN Prema Powerteam 15 35:51.831 3.912
6 31 Tom Blomqvist / GBR Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 15 35:52.149 4.230
7 28 Jake Dennis / GBR Carlin 15 35:53.203 5.284
8 15 Jules Szymkowiak / NED Van Amersfoort Racing 15 35:54.027 6.108
9 27 Felix Rosenqvist / SWE kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 15 35:55.444 7.525
10 5 Jordan King / GBR Carlin 15 35:57.107 9.188
11 19 Antonio Giovinazzi / ITA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 15 35:58.002 10.083
12 4 Roy Nissany / ISR kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 15 35:58.446 10.527
13 3 Lucas Auer / AUT kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 15 36:00.342 12.423
14 20 Sean Gelael / INA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 15 36:00.869 12.950
15 12 Alexander Toril / ESP ThreeBond with T-Sport 15 36:00.972 13.053
16 29 Santino Ferrucci / USA Eurointernational 15 36:01.318 13.399
17 25 Antonio Fuoco / ITA Prema Powerteam 15 36:01.986 14.067
18 18 Tatiana Calderón / COL Jo Zeller Racing 15 36:05.138 17.219
19 9 Mitchell Gilbert / AUS Fortec Motorsports 15 36:05.770 17.851
20 8 Michele Beretta / ITA Eurointernational 15 36:06.701 18.782
21 26 Dennis van de Laar / NED Prema Powerteam 15 36:10.959 23.040
22 11 Richard Goddard / AUS ThreeBond with T-Sport 15 36:31.365 43.446
23 10 John Bryant-Meisner / SWE Fortec Motorsports 14 34:06.837 1 LAP
NOT CLASSIFIED
- 14 Felipe Guimaraes / BRA Double R Racing 10 23:27.561 D.N.F.
- 22 Hector Hurst / GBR Team West-TecF3 8 17:56.732 D.N.F.
- 17 Sandro Zeller / SUI Jo Zeller Racing 6 13:40.882 D.N.F.

 

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