• Thursday , 23 November 2017

Felix to start opening Spielberg race from eighth

QFelix will start the opening FIA Formula 3 European Championship race of the weekend at the Red Bull Ring from eighth on the grid.

After a challenging free practice session earlier in the day, qualifying at the Austrian venue failed to deliver a significant up-turn in form, with Felix eventually ending up 0.617s off the ultimate pace in ninth on the timesheets.

Local favourite Lucas Auer led the Mücke Motorsport charge this time around, although his 1m25.454s best was only a tiny 0.02 seconds faster than what Felix could manage as the duo occupied eighth and ninth on the timesheets.

With Auer picking up a five-place grid penalty following his Race 3 clash with Jordan King last time out in Moscow, however, Felix is promoted one place and will start from P8 in tomorrow’s Race 1.

Pole position went to championship leader Esteban Ocon, with Prema Powerteam and Carlin runners locking out five of the top six positions.

Race 1 is scheduled to get underway at 11.10 local time on Saturday.

FELIX:

“Not what we were hoping for of course, but we did see the signs for this in practice and feared it would be difficult to challenge for the top five. I made a pretty good lap and I’m actually a little surprised that it didn’t yield more in terms of the end result. Both Lucas and I ended up on very similar lap times, so we just have to accept that this is our level at the moment. It will be tough to make much progress tomorrow, but I’ll obviously give it everything I’ve got and the Red Bull Ring normally produces good racing. All we can do is shake this off, keep on working, and there is still a lot of racing to come this weekend.”

RESULTS

Pos. No Driver Laps Time Gap
1 2 Esteban Ocon / FRA Prema Powerteam 13 1:24.856
2 30 Max Verstappen / NED Van Amersfoort Racing 14 1:25.006 00.150
3 31 Tom Blomqvist / GBR Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 12 1:25.045 00.189
4 19 Antonio Giovinazzi / ITA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 9 1:25.206 00.350
5 25 Antonio Fuoco / ITA Prema Powerteam 13 1:25.353 00.497
6 28 Jake Dennis / GBR Carlin 12 1:25.367 00.511
7 16 Gustavo Menezes / USA Van Amersfoort Racing 12 1:25.450 00.594
8 3 Lucas Auer / AUT kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 13 1:25.454 00.598
9 27 Felix Rosenqvist / SWE kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 11 1:25.473 00.617
10 6 Edward Jones / UAE Carlin 13 1:25.474 00.618
11 5 Jordan King / GBR Carlin 12 1:25.489 00.633
12 1 Nicholas Latifi / CAN Prema Powerteam 12 1:25.555 00.699
13 26 Dennis van de Laar / NED Prema Powerteam 13 1:25.769 00.913
14 21 Félix Serrallés / USA Team West-TecF3 12 1:25.876 01.020
15 4 Roy Nissany / ISR kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 12 1:25.920 01.064
16 20 Sean Gelael / INA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 12 1:26.047 01.191
17 29 Santino Ferrucci / USA Eurointernational 12 1:26.133 01.277
18 12 Alexander Toril / ESP ThreeBond with T-Sport 15 1:26.151 01.295
19 11 Richard Goddard / AUS ThreeBond with T-Sport 15 1:26.265 01.409
20 18 Tatiana Calderón / COL Jo Zeller Racing 13 1:26.340 01.484
21 15 Jules Szymkowiak / NED Van Amersfoort Racing 13 1:26.372 01.516
22 22 Hector Hurst / GBR Team West-TecF3 12 1:26.544 01.688
23 17 Sandro Zeller / SUI Jo Zeller Racing 14 1:26.549 01.693
24 10 John Bryant-Meisner / SWE Fortec Motorsports 14 1:26.683 01.827
25 8 Michele Beretta / ITA Eurointernational 13 1:26.839 01.983
26 9 Alfonso Celis / MEX Fortec Motorsports 13 1:27.116 02.260

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