• Saturday , 23 September 2017

Felix takes Hungaroring podium

Budapest29Felix leapt from sixth on the grid to finish third in the opening FIA Formula 3 European Championship race of the weekend in Hungary, bringing home his second consecutive podium result as he came home behind Tom Blomqvist and Esteban Ocon.

Felix grabbed fifth from Antonio Fuoco with an around-the-outside move at Turn 1 on the first lap, and then took fourth from team-mate Lucas Auer when the Austrian ran wide at the following corner.

As the race settled, Felix slotted in behind Max Verstappen, and then inherited third when the Dutchman was forced to retire a few laps later.

Being the only runner inside the top five to use four old tyres, Felix could not keep up with Blomqvist and Ocon, although he faced no problems keeping Auer at bay to record his second podium of the season. Despite the tyre scenario, Felix set the second-fastest lap of the race, beaten to top spot only by eventual winner Blomqvist.

This afternoon will see the second qualifying session of the weekend take place, with Felix looking to secure a strong set of grid slots for Sunday’s second and third races in Budapest.

FELIX:

“I managed to overtake Antonio at the first corner, and then Lucas out-braked himself into Turn 2, which I was able to capitalise on. As we expected, my tyres went off dramatically towards the end, but I’m very happy to have finished on the podium with a set of old ones. It should give us a little bit of an advantage tomorrow, but success then will obviously depend on the outcome of qualifying this afternoon. I think third was the best we could realistically have hoped for today, and I’m happy with my race and with having set the second-fastest lap.”

RESULTS

Pos. No Driver Laps Time Gap
1 31 Tom Blomqvist / GBR Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 21 33:58.653
2 2 Esteban Ocon / FRA Prema Powerteam 21 34:03.550 +04.897
3 27 Felix Rosenqvist / SWE kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 21 34:11.833 +13.180
4 3 Lucas Auer / AUT kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 21 34:13.170 +14.517
5 5 Jordan King / GBR Carlin 21 34:16.245 +17.592
6 15 Jules Szymkowiak / NED Van Amersfoort Racing 21 34:32.985 +34.332
7 21 Félix Serrallés / USA Team West-TecF3 21 34:34.743 +36.090
8 26 Dennis van de Laar / NED Prema Powerteam 21 34:37.686 +39.033
9 9 Mitchell Gilbert / AUS Fortec Motorsports 21 34:40.710 +42.057
10 20 Sean Gelael / INA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 21 34:41.418 +42.765
11 28 Jake Dennis / GBR Carlin 21 34:41.894 +43.241
12 12 Alexander Toril / ESP ThreeBond with T-Sport 21 34:43.470 +44.817
13 14 Felipe Guimaraes / BRA Double R Racing 21 34:44.793 +46.140
14 10 John Bryant-Meisner / SWE Fortec Motorsports 21 34:47.999 +49.346
15 4 Roy Nissany / ISR kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 21 34:48.639 +49.986
16 11 Richard Goddard / AUS ThreeBond with T-Sport 21 34:50.174 +51.521
17 16 Gustavo Menezes / USA Van Amersfoort Racing 21 34:54.541 +55.888
18 22 Hector Hurst / GBR Team West-TecF3 21 35:04.443 +1:05.790
19 25 Antonio Fuoco / ITA Prema Powerteam 21 35:05.050 +1:06.397
20 18 Tatiana Calderón / COL Jo Zeller Racing 21 35:18.285 +1:19.632
21 17 Sandro Zeller / SUI Jo Zeller Racing 21 35:23.551 +1:24.898
22 1 Nicholas Latifi / CAN Prema Powerteam 21 35:34.244 +1:35.591
23 19 Antonio Giovinazzi / ITA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 19 32:32.174 2L
NOT CLASSIFIED
- 30 Max Verstappen / NED Van Amersfoort Racing 6 10:07.870 15L
- 8 Michele Beretta / ITA Eurointernational 0

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