• Friday , 15 December 2017

Felix struggles in Moscow qualifying

QFelix will have to make do with 11th on the grid for tomorrow’s opening FIA Formula 3 European Championship race at Moscow Raceway following a difficult qualifying session at the Russian venue on Friday afternoon.

The early stages of the session were noticeable for a host of drivers backing off significantly down the back straight as they appeared to seek uninterrupted laps. In coming up towards the traffic, Felix was among a group of runners forced to lift dramatically in the third sector on each of their first five flying laps, robbing them of the chance to post a representative time at the peak of tyre performance.

Meanwhile, Esteban Ocon suffered no such dramas, and duly went on to grab pole by a substantial six tenths of a second.

Once in clear air, Felix was always going to face an uphill struggle on tyres that were now past their prime, and to further exacerbate matters, a general lack of car consistency added up to restrict him to what he labelled ”the most difficult qualifying outing of the year”.

Race 1 gets underway tomorrow morning.

FELIX:

“A very poor session, to sum it all up. There were a lot of factors that contributed towards this – not least the fact that everyone was running so slowly over the first five laps. I caught traffic time and time again, and once I got into some clean air, the tyres were past their best. I don’t know why people did that, but I guess they tried to find a clear lap.

“Still, it’s more to it than that. With a decent lap, I could probably have shaved off quite a few tenths and challenged for second behind Esteban, but I just couldn’t get to grips with the car and get to that point. The balance changed dramatically from one lap to another, from one corner to the next; one time, I would lock up massively at the front, and the next time, it would be the rears.

“It was extremely difficult to drive today and unfortunately, the feeling was the worst it’s been since Silverstone. I’m sure the potential is there, but I – using all my experience – simply can’t unlock it at the moment. It’s difficult, but we will have a close look at all the data overnight and hopefully we can improve the situation by tomorrow.”

RESULTS

Pos. No Driver Laps Time Gap
1 2 Esteban Ocon / FRA Prema Powerteam 8 1:26.530
2 5 Jordan King / GBR Carlin 10 1:27.149 00.619
3 31 Tom Blomqvist / GBR Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 9 1:27.341 00.811
4 30 Max Verstappen / NED Van Amersfoort Racing 11 1:27.361 00.831
5 3 Lucas Auer / AUT kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 10 1:27.422 00.892
6 28 Jake Dennis / GBR Carlin 10 1:27.496 00.966
7 25 Antonio Fuoco / ITA Prema Powerteam 10 1:27.516 00.986
8 15 Jules Szymkowiak / NED Van Amersfoort Racing 10 1:27.643 01.113
9 1 Nicholas Latifi / CAN Prema Powerteam 10 1:27.676 01.146
10 21 Félix Serrallés / USA Team West-TecF3 11 1:27.684 01.154
11 27 Felix Rosenqvist / SWE kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 10 1:27.724 01.194
12 26 Dennis van de Laar / NED Prema Powerteam 10 1:27.819 01.289
13 16 Gustavo Menezes / USA Van Amersfoort Racing 10 1:27.929 01.399
14 4 Roy Nissany / ISR kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 11 1:28.039 01.509
15 19 Antonio Giovinazzi / ITA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 11 1:28.052 01.522
16 18 Tatiana Calderón / COL Jo Zeller Racing 10 1:28.253 01.723
17 29 Santino Ferrucci / USA Eurointernational 9 1:28.498 01.968
18 20 Sean Gelael / INA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 11 1:28.506 01.976
19 22 Hector Hurst / GBR Team West-TecF3 10 1:28.791 02.261
20 8 Michele Beretta / ITA Eurointernational 11 1:29.103 02.573

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