• Sunday , 19 November 2017

Felix storms to Grand Prix de Pau victory!

winFelix overcame all of his recent misfortune by storming to victory in the prestigious Grand Prix de Pau, winning Sunday’s FIA Formula 3 European Championship finale on the streets of the French city to become only the second Swede in history to win the classic event.

Felix grabbed the lead from second on the grid as he out-dragged pole-sitter Esteban Ocon off the line, and then set about extending his lead ever so slightly.

As was the case in the second race this morning, the leading duo quickly pulled away from the rest of the field, lapping comfortably faster than anyone else managed.

The only real worry came due to a mid-race safety car period, which forced Felix to control a crucial restart situation – a task not aided by a gearbox problem. Ocon used the opportunity to launch an attack into the Gare hairpin, but Felix held firm to eventually win by 0.8 seconds. In doing so, he joined Reine Wisell into the history books as only the second Swede to have won the Grand Prix de Pau, 43 years after the ex-F1 driver emerged victorious in 1971.

To underline his pace, Felix threw in the fastest lap of the race for the second event running.

While the race marked the official 2014 “Grand Prix de Pau”, it is not worth more than races one and two of this weekend in terms of FIA Formula 3 European Championship points, handing Felix the regular 25 for victory.

FELIX:

“Absolutely fantastic! I decided before the start that I simply had to win this race; going away from here with second was just not an option. I made a good start, grabbed the lead and managed to open up a small but important gap to Esteban. When the safety car came out, I had a clear idea of how to handle the restart, but then the gearbox lived its own life momentarily and I couldn’t get it into second gear. It was a critical point of the race, but fortunately it all started working again and I could hold on to the lead. Winning this race means a lot – I’m a big fan of street circuits – and it feels great to finally come out on top after all the problems we’ve had earlier this weekend.”

RESULTS

Pos. No Driver Laps Time Gap
1 27 Felix Rosenqvist / SWE kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 29 36:01.050 -
2 2 Esteban Ocon / FRA Prema Powerteam 29 36:01.879 0.829
3 31 Tom Blomqvist / GBR Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 29 36:04.451 3.401
4 28 Jake Dennis / GBR Carlin 29 36:06.915 5.865
5 9 Mitchell Gilbert / AUS Fortec Motorsports 29 36:08.051 7.001
6 3 Lucas Auer / AUT kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 29 36:08.747 7.697
7 26 Dennis van de Laar / NED Prema Powerteam 29 36:09.705 8.655
8 10 John Bryant-Meisner / SWE Fortec Motorsports 29 36:10.531 9.481
9 5 Jordan King / GBR Carlin 29 36:11.406 10.356
10 19 Antonio Giovinazzi / ITA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 29 36:12.499 11.449
11 25 Antonio Fuoco / ITA Prema Powerteam 29 36:13.366 12.316
12 14 Felipe Guimaraes / BRA Double R Racing 29 36:20.207 19.157
13 21 Félix Serrallés / USA Team West-TecF3 29 36:20.600 19.550
14 15 Jules Szymkowiak / NED Van Amersfoort Racing 29 36:21.483 20.433
15 18 Tatiana Calderón / COL Jo Zeller Racing 29 36:22.845 21.795
16 4 Roy Nissany / ISR kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 29 36:27.292 26.242
17 6 Edward Jones / UAE Carlin 29 36:45.508 44.458
18 22 Hector Hurst / GBR Team West-TecF3 28 36:36.111 1  Lp.
NOT CLASSIFIED
- 1 Nicholas Latifi / CAN Prema Powerteam 20 26:52.504 9  Lp.
- 8 Michele Beretta / ITA Eurointernational 16 20:13.781 13  Lp.
- 7 Riccardo Agostini / ITA Eurointernational 14 17:16.143 15  Lp.
- 20 Sean Gelael / INA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 8 10:33.856 21  Lp.
- 30 Max Verstappen / NED Van Amersfoort Racing 1 01:21.814 28  Lp.
- 16 Gustavo Menezes / USA Van Amersfoort Racing 1 02:06.700 28  Lp.
- 12 Alexander Toril / ESP ThreeBond with T-Sport 0 - -
- 11 Richard Goddard / AUS ThreeBond with T-Sport 0 - -

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