• Friday , 15 December 2017

Felix takes fifth in opening Hockenheim race

R1Felix improved from his original P8 grid slot to finish fifth in the opening FIA Formula 3 European Championship race of the weekend at Hockenheim.

After a messy opening lap, which included Max Verstappen torpedoing Nicholas Latifi at the Spitzkehre hairpin to take both men out of contention, Felix found himself running fifth.

After a safety car period, necessitated by the lap one shenanigans, Felix came under pressure from Tom Blomqvist’s Carlin machine, eventually relinquishing fifth to the Briton after locking up at Turn 2.

Felix continued to suffer from lock-up issues throughout the race, in which he also had to combat severe understeer. He managed to keep seventh-placed Mitch Gilbert at bay, however, and was eventually promoted to fifth at the very final corner after Esteban Ocon appeared to drop back with technical problems.

The race was won by Felix’s Mücke Motorsport team-mate Lucas Auer, who consolidated an early advantage from pole position to claim his first win of the year.

Next up this weekend is Qualifying 2, which takes place later this afternoon and sets up the grid for Sunday’s second and third races.

FELIX:

“Finishing fifth from eighth on the grid is an OK result, but this was not a good race. For some reason, I suffered from massive understeer and locking under braking, and it was very difficult to drive the car today. I had full steering lock and could hardly get around some of the corners, and we now need to analyse why. Lucas is running a different set-up to me this weekend, and he is certainly on the pace and doing a good job, so we need to see if there is something we can learn from that side of the garage going into qualifying. The potential is there; it’s just a case of unlocking it.”

 

RESULTS

Pos. No Driver Laps Time Gap
1 3 Lucas Auer / AUT kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 22 35:03.745
2 6 Edward Jones / Carlin 22 35:10.865 7.120
3 5 Jordan King / GBR Carlin 22 35:15.370 11.625
4 31 Tom Blomqvist / GBR Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 22 35:20.918 17.173
5 27 Felix Rosenqvist / SWE kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 22 35:23.738 19.993
6 9 Mitchell Gilbert / AUS Fortec Motorsports 22 35:24.801 21.056
7 28 Jake Dennis / GBR Carlin 22 35:25.887 22.142
8 21 Félix Serrallés / USA Team West-TecF3 22 35:27.011 23.266
9 2 Esteban Ocon / FRA Prema Powerteam 22 35:27.476 23.731
10 11 Richard Goddard / GBR ThreeBond with T-Sport 22 35:29.155 25.410
11 25 Antonio Fuoco / ITA Prema Powerteam 22 35:33.217 29.472
12 14 Felipe Guimaraes / BRA Double R Racing 22 35:36.245 32.500
13 20 Sean Gelael / INA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 22 35:41.434 37.689
14 17 Sandro Zeller / SUI Jo Zeller Racing 22 35:54.402 50.657
15 22 Hector Hurst / GBR Team West-TecF3 22 35:55.329 51.584
16 12 Alexander Toril / ESP ThreeBond with T-Sport 22 35:59.702 55.957
17 8 Michele Beretta / ITA Eurointernational 22 36:02.208 58.463
18 18 Tatiana Calderón / COL Jo Zeller Racing 22 36:03.753 +1:00.008
19 26 Dennis van de Laar / NED Prema Powerteam 21 34:09.420 1L
20 10 John Bryant-Meisner / SWE Fortec Motorsports 21 35:34.528 1L
NOT CLASSIFIED
- 1 Nicholas Latifi / COD Prema Powerteam 18 30:09.780 4L
- 16 Gustavo Menezes / USA Van Amersfoort Racing 14 23:32.763 8L
- 30 Max Verstappen / NED Van Amersfoort Racing 6 11:09.317 16L
- 15 Jules Szymkowiak / NED Van Amersfoort Racing 6 11:18.815 16L
- 19 Antonio Giovinazzi / ITA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 0 00.000 22L
- 4 Roy Nissany / ISR kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 0 00.000 22L
- 7 Riccardo Agostini / ITA Eurointernational 0 00.000 22L

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