• Friday , 15 December 2017

Felix takes fourth in eventful Race 2

R2Felix made up five positions to come home fourth in an action-packed second race of the weekend at Spa-Francorchamps.

In the best conditions seen so far at the Belgian meeting, the F3 field put on an exciting race that featured one safety car period, several controversial incidents, dedicated overtaking moves and thrilling slipstreaming duels along the Kemmel straight.

Felix started the race from ninth following yesterday’s wet qualifying lottery, and held on to the same position around the first sequence of corners. He then gradually picked off his slower rivals one by one over the following laps, overtaking Felipe Guimaraes, Tatiana Calderón (who would go on to score a career-best fifth), Alexander Toril and fellow Swede John Bryant-Meisner to find himself sitting sixth at the half-way point.

Up ahead, Lucas Auer then collided dramatically with Félix Serrallés while battling over fourth, bringing out the safety car. As a result, Felix was promoted to P4, right on the tail of Gustavo Menezes (Van Amersfoort Racing).

The safety car restart brought with it no change in positions, with Felix unable to challenge Menezes down the straights despite repeatedly getting within striking distance of the American through the twisting middle sector.

Max Verstappen scored a second ”home” win of the day (the Dutchman living in the Belgian village of Hasselt), while Esteban Ocon came home second ahead of Menezes and Felix. The top four were separated by just three seconds.

The final race of the weekend takes place tomorrow morning.

FELIX:

“That was an OK race, and a good way to wrap up today. We were competitive in terms of lap time – I was able to run in the 2m11.4s bracket, along with Max and Esteban, but it’s still quite clear that we’re lacking speed on the straights. I was a lot quicker than Menezes in the closing stages, but wasn’t even close to lining him up for an overtaking attempt, so that’s something we’ll have to look at for the future. Other than that, it was a fun race with lots going on, and fourth from ninth is decent progress.”

RESULTS

Pos. No Driver Laps Time Gap
1 30 Max Verstappen / NED Van Amersfoort Racing 15 35:48.572
2 2 Esteban Ocon / FRA Prema Powerteam 15 35:49.377 0.805
3 16 Gustavo Menezes / USA Van Amersfoort Racing 15 35:50.414 1.842
4 27 Felix Rosenqvist / SWE kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 15 35:51.593 3.021
5 18 Tatiana Calderón / COL Jo Zeller Racing 15 35:56.564 7.992
6 28 Jake Dennis / GBR Carlin 15 35:57.829 9.257
7 1 Nicholas Latifi / CAN Prema Powerteam 15 36:00.181 11.609
8 31 Tom Blomqvist / GBR Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 15 36:00.685 12.113
9 19 Antonio Giovinazzi / ITA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 15 36:01.793 13.221
10 5 Jordan King / GBR Carlin 15 36:01.983 13.411
11 4 Roy Nissany / ISR kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 15 36:02.822 14.250
12 9 Mitchell Gilbert / AUS Fortec Motorsports 15 36:03.520 14.948
13 20 Sean Gelael / INA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 15 36:04.990 16.418
14 26 Dennis van de Laar / NED Prema Powerteam 15 36:05.904 17.332
15 11 Richard Goddard / AUS ThreeBond with T-Sport 15 36:06.260 17.688
16 17 Sandro Zeller / SUI Jo Zeller Racing 15 36:06.972 18.400
17 22 Hector Hurst / GBR Team West-TecF3 15 36:08.999 20.427
18 10 John Bryant-Meisner / SWE Fortec Motorsports 15 36:13.066 24.494
19 12 Alexander Toril / ESP ThreeBond with T-Sport 13 32:13.844 2 LAPS
NOT CLASSIFIED
- 21 Félix Serrallés / USA Team West-TecF3 8 17:45.090 D.N.F.
- 3 Lucas Auer / AUT kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 8 17:45.568 D.N.F.
- 14 Felipe Guimaraes / BRA Double R Racing 2 6:08.169 D.N.F.
- 25 Antonio Fuoco / ITA Prema Powerteam 1 2:26.112 D.N.F.
- 8 Michele Beretta / ITA Eurointernational 1 2:26.506 D.N.F.
- 15 Jules Szymkowiak / NED Van Amersfoort Racing 1 2:59.700 D.N.F

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