• Saturday , 23 September 2017

Felix takes sixth in chaotic Race 2

R2Felix survived treacherous wet/dry conditions to finish sixth in a chaotic second FIA Formula 3 European Championship race of the weekend at the Norisring on Sunday morning, as the predicted rain duly hit Nuremberg and called for the event to be red-flagged at the halfway stages.

The race started on a largely dry track, with Felix getting away well off the line but losing two positions to Lucas Auer and Santino Ferrucci as he overshot the first corner.

Further down the field, Spike Goddard triggered a chain-reaction that brought himself, Jules Szymkowiak and Felipe Guimaraes into immediate retirement, bringing out the safety car for the first of what would prove to be a full four times.

At the restart, Felix overtook Ferrucci for fifth, but had to surrender the position to a flying Jordan King a few laps later. King subsequently passed Auer for fourth, with Felix now back in the rhythm and putting increasing pressure on the duo ahead.

On lap 12, Felix went down the inside of Auer at the Dutzendteich hairpin, stealing fifth from his team-mate only to out-brake himself as he approached Turn 1 on the following tour, the circuit now starting to suffer from deteriorating grip levels as the ever-present rain intensified.

One lap later, Auer duplicated Felix’s Turn 1 shenanigans to drop back behind Jake Dennis (the Carlin cars appearing to run strongly in the wet), before the race was eventually red-flagged to avoid a serious accident with the field running on slicks in ever-worsening conditions.

Once the race resumed, it did so with all drivers equipped with wet-weather Hankooks behind the safety car. Tom Blomqvist made contact with Esteban Ocon at the Grundig Kehre and ended up in the wall, promoting Felix to sixth, and when Ocon was handed a drive-through penalty for the incident, Felix found himself fifth.

Felix was among the fastest drivers on track in the closing stages, giving Dennis a run for his money in a late battle for fourth, but then suffered a gigantic moment under braking for Dutzendteich a few laps from home – just escaping the wall as his Mücke Motorsport car veered from left to right in spectacular fashion. Felix lost a place to Ferrucci, but eventually survived a chaotic race to finish sixth.

The final race of the weekend takes place this afternoon, with Felix set to start from third on the grid.

FELIX:

“That wasn’t the best race of my life. It was difficult out there, with changeable conditions, and it was just one of those races where it didn’t quite work out the way I’d been hoping for it to. I braked on the outside going into Turn 1 on the formation lap and thought the grip was good out there, so I decided to go for that line on the first lap. For some reason, however, I just locked up as soon as I hit the brakes. In the closing stages, in the rain, it was impossible to see anything behind the cars in front, so not much to do. There is one more race to go this weekend, and I really want to finish this event with a podium.”

RESULTS

Pos. No Driver Laps Time Gap
1 30 Max Verstappen / NED Van Amersfoort Racing 32 45:44.818
2 5 Jordan King / GBR Carlin 32 45:53.645 8.827
3 3 Lucas Auer / AUT kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 32 46:00.254 15.436
4 28 Jake Dennis / GBR Carlin 32 46:01.622 16.804
5 29 Santino Ferrucci / USA Eurointernational 32 46:02.875 18.057
6 27 Felix Rosenqvist / SWE kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 32 46:03.855 19.037
7 25 Antonio Fuoco / ITA Prema Powerteam 32 46:05.065 20.247
8 1 Nicholas Latifi / CAN Prema Powerteam 32 46:07.426 22.608
9 19 Antonio Giovinazzi / ITA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 32 46:09.770 24.952
10 16 Gustavo Menezes / USA Van Amersfoort Racing 32 46:11.663 26.845
11 21 Félix Serrallés / USA Team West-TecF3 32 46:12.109 27.291
12 26 Dennis van de Laar / NED Prema Powerteam 32 46:14.093 29.275
13 10 John Bryant-Meisner / SWE Fortec Motorsports 32 46:16.341 31.523
14 2 Esteban Ocon / FRA Prema Powerteam 32 46:20.063 35.245
15 22 Hector Hurst / GBR Team West-TecF3 32 46:22.136 37.318
16 17 Sandro Zeller / SUI Jo Zeller Racing 32 46:26.907 42.089
17 20 Sean Gelael / INA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 31 46:12.586 1L
18 12 Alexander Toril / ESP ThreeBond with T-Sport 31 46:23.652 1L
19 4 Roy Nissany / ISR kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 30 46:23.082 2L
20 9 Mitchell Gilbert / AUS Fortec Motorsports 30 46:28.003 2L
NOT CLASSIFIED
- 31 Tom Blomqvist / GBR Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 21 34:37.354 11L
- 8 Michele Beretta / ITA Eurointernational 19 29:34.512 13L
- 18 Tatiana Calderón / COL Jo Zeller Racing 0 14:53.612 17L
- 15 Jules Szymkowiak / NED Van Amersfoort Racing 0 1:54.177 31L
- 11 Richard Goddard / AUS ThreeBond with T-Sport 0 00.000 32L
- 14 Felipe Guimaraes / BRA Double R Racing 0 00.000 32L

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