• Wednesday , 18 October 2017

Felix self-critical after slipping to sixth in Race 1

R1Felix was self-critical after dropping from first to sixth in the opening FIA Formula 3 European Championship race of the weekend at the Norisring on Saturday morning.

Felix was leading the race from pole position in the early stages, but then dropped back following a series of safety car restarts. He accidentally pressed the pit speed limiter – positioned on the steering wheel – on two occasions, allowing his rivals to blast past, and was then unable to fight back as a lack of straightline speed did little to help matters.

Felix eventually came home sixth behind Britain’s Jake Dennis, while Max Verstappen won from championship leader Esteban Ocon, the duo both muscling their way past Felix following the second safety car restart.

Qualifying for tomorrow’s second and third races will be staged later this afternoon.

FELIX:

“A poor race, and I have to take responsibility for it. There was nothing I could do about the lack of straightline speed, but I did make life too easy for Esteban (Ocon) when he overtook me and then I accidentally pressed the pit speed limiter twice. That button has given me similar problems in the past, but at the end of the day, I know it’s there and I am the one driving the car.

“The other teams have different solutions and we might have to look at that as well.

“I think we had the outright pace to win today if I’d been allowed to break free in the beginning without safety cars, but it wasn’t to be. I am my own harshest critic, and today wasn’t good enough. We’ll give it another go in qualifying this afternoon.”

RESULTS

Pos. No Driver Laps Time Gap
1 30 Max Verstappen / NED Van Amersfoort Racing 37 35:15.791
2 2 Esteban Ocon / FRA Prema Powerteam 37 35:16.916 1.125
3 3 Lucas Auer / AUT kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 37 35:19.223 3.432
4 1 Nicholas Latifi / CAN Prema Powerteam 37 35:22.255 6.464
5 28 Jake Dennis / GBR Carlin 37 35:22.804 7.013
6 27 Felix Rosenqvist / SWE kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 37 35:23.478 7.687
7 4 Roy Nissany / ISR kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 37 35:25.020 9.229
8 21 Félix Serrallés / USA Team West-TecF3 37 35:26.856 11.065
9 20 Sean Gelael / INA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 37 35:28.007 12.216
10 31 Tom Blomqvist / GBR Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 37 35:28.669 12.878
11 9 Mitchell Gilbert / AUS Fortec Motorsports 37 35:31.191 15.400
12 29 Santino Ferrucci / USA Eurointernational 37 35:37.623 21.832
13 22 Hector Hurst / GBR Team West-TecF3 37 35:37.793 22.002
14 17 Sandro Zeller / SUI Jo Zeller Racing 37 35:38.273 22.482
15 10 John Bryant-Meisner / SWE Fortec Motorsports 37 35:38.617 22.826
16 12 Alexander Toril / ESP ThreeBond with T-Sport 37 35:48.567 32.776
17 11 Richard Goddard / AUS ThreeBond with T-Sport 37 35:49.759 33.968
18 15 Jules Szymkowiak / NED Van Amersfoort Racing 33 32:30.326 4L
NOT CLASSIFIED
- 8 Michele Beretta / ITA Eurointernational 30 29:47.088 7L
- 5 Jordan King / GBR Carlin 27 27:31.359 10L
- 18 Tatiana Calderón / COL Jo Zeller Racing 16 16:25.826 21L
- 19 Antonio Giovinazzi / ITA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 15 15:13.589 22L
- 16 Gustavo Menezes / USA Van Amersfoort Racing 5 5:17.590 32L
- 25 Antonio Fuoco / ITA Prema Powerteam 5 5:17.919 32L
- 26 Dennis van de Laar / NED Prema Powerteam 0 00.000 37L
- 14 Felipe Guimaraes / BRA Double R Racing 0 00.000 37L

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