• Thursday , 23 November 2017

Fuel pump issue restricts Felix to seventh in Qualifying 1

gal11Felix had to settle for seventh place in the first of this weekend’s two FIA Formula 3 European Championship qualifying sessions at Spa, after losing one lap of running due to a temporary technical glitch that forced him into the pitlane.

The first half of the session – which sets up the grid for tomorrow’s Race 1 in the Belgian Ardennes – was going according to plan for Felix, who held third after the initial flurry of laps.

With some five out of the 20 minutes remaining, however, his Mücke Motorsport machine developed a fuel pump problem, forcing Felix to tour the circuit at low speed and return to the pits. While the issue was quickly rectified, it came at the price of valuable track time at the longest circuit on the calendar, with Felix losing one flying lap in the battle with his rivals and dropping from fourth to seventh at the fall of the chequered flag.

Pole position went to Esteban Ocon, with Felix keeping the gap to the Frenchman at just over half a second around the 7 km lap.

The second qualifying session, in which the grid for Races 2 and 3 of the weekend will be formed, takes centre stage later this afternoon.

FELIX:

“It seems luck isn’t on our side this year; we appear to be haunted! Things were going fine until the fuel pump gave up, and it was quickly rectified – but it did, unfortunately, cost us some track time we just can’t afford to give away at the moment. We still haven’t found the ideal balance, and we currently need a perfect session if we are to fight at the front of this field. In the end, it was all very close – half a second at Spa isn’t much – and overtaking is possible around here, so P7 isn’t a disaster. Having said that, it’s far from a result I’m happy with, and I’ll do everything I can to achieve better things in second qualifying this afternoon.”

RESULTS

Pos. No Driver Laps Time Gap
1 2 Esteban Ocon / FRA Prema Powerteam 8 2:10.049
2 30 Max Verstappen / NED Van Amersfoort Racing 8 2:10.110 0.061
3 25 Antonio Fuoco / ITA Prema Powerteam 8 2:10.225 0.176
4 3 Lucas Auer / AUT kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 8 2:10.340 0.291
5 16 Gustavo Menezes / USA Van Amersfoort Racing 9 2:10.572 0.523
6 31 Tom Blomqvist / GBR Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 8 2:10.601 0.552
7 27 Felix Rosenqvist / SWE kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 7 2:10.625 0.576
8 28 Jake Dennis / GBR Carlin 8 2:10.659 0.610
9 21 Félix Serrallés / USA Team West-TecF3 8 2:10.834 0.785
10 12 Alexander Toril / ESP ThreeBond with T-Sport 8 2:10.933 0.884
11 1 Nicholas Latifi / CAN Prema Powerteam 8 2:10.976 0.927
12 15 Jules Szymkowiak / NED Van Amersfoort Racing 7 2:10.983 0.934
13 19 Antonio Giovinazzi / ITA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 8 2:11.123 1.074
14 9 Mitchell Gilbert / AUS Fortec Motorsports 9 2:11.411 1.362
15 14 Felipe Guimaraes / BRA Double R Racing 8 2:11.553 1.504
16 29 Santino Ferrucci / USA Eurointernational 8 2:11.576 1.527
17 11 Richard Goddard / AUS ThreeBond with T-Sport 9 2:11.623 1.574
18 4 Roy Nissany / ISR kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 8 2:11.770 1.721
19 18 Tatiana Calderón / COL Jo Zeller Racing 8 2:11.811 1.762
20 20 Sean Gelael / INA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 8 2:11.813 1.764
21 10 John Bryant-Meisner / SWE Fortec Motorsports 9 2:11.854 1.805
22 22 Hector Hurst / GBR Team West-TecF3 9 2:12.218 2.169
23 8 Michele Beretta / ITA Eurointernational 9 2:12.406 2.357
24 17 Sandro Zeller / SUI Jo Zeller Racing 9 2:12.630 2.581
25 5 Jordan King / GBR Carlin 6 2:12.753 2.704

 

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