• Thursday , 19 October 2017

Moscow Race 3: Felix grabs fifth on final lap

gal19Felix brought the FIA Formula 3 European Championship round at Moscow Raceway to a close with a solid performance in Sunday’s concluding Race 3, after taking advantage of a late safety car situation to haul himself into the top five on the final lap.

In what turned out to be the most entertaining race of the F3 fraternity’s maiden visit to Russia, the event had to be shortened for time reasons due to two safety car appearances; the first of which was triggered by an opening-lap clash involving Félix Serrallés and Jules Szymkowiak, and the second one being called in the closing stages following a spectacular collision between Lucas Auer and Jordan King.

Felix, having stayed away from the early wrangles from tenth on the grid, was running sixth when the second safety car was called back into the pits with one lap to spare, setting up a last-gasp sprint to the finish.

Felix duly took advantage to overtake Dennis van de Laar for fifth on the start/finish straight, grabbing his best result of what has otherwise been a challenging weekend on the outskirts of the Russian capital.

The Auer/King clash prompted wild gesticulation as the duo debated who was to blame, but the stewards ultimately held Auer responsible and awarded the Austrian a five-place grid penalty for the opening race of his home event in Spielberg next month.

Felix leaves Moscow having scored in all of this weekend’s three races, although he will be looking to return to the podium as the championship regroups at the Red Bull Ring – scene of his historic triple win of 2013 – in three weeks’ time.

FELIX:

“That was the best race of the weekend for me. Fifth isn’t a result I’m thrilled about, but we did improve our race pace and I was much quicker than the drivers I was battling. When the second safety car came out, I knew that was my final opportunity to get inside the top five, and it was good to pull that move off. We made some changes to the car after the second race, and they seemed to improve matters a bit.

“It’s been a tough weekend for me – one of the tougher of my career – but I’ve had so many good ones in the past and I know how small the margins are between success and failure. For the same reason, I know how quickly a situation can turn around, and we’ll be aiming to prove that at the Red Bull Ring next time out.”

RESULTS

Pos. No Driver Laps Time Gap
1 2 Esteban Ocon / FRA Prema Powerteam 21 36:08.124
2 30 Max Verstappen / NED Van Amersfoort Racing 21 36:08.815 +00.691
3 25 Antonio Fuoco / ITA Prema Powerteam 21 36:09.326 +01.202
4 28 Jake Dennis / GBR Carlin 21 36:10.042 +01.918
5 27 Felix Rosenqvist / SWE kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 21 36:10.495 +02.371
6 26 Dennis van de Laar / NED Prema Powerteam 21 36:10.948 +02.824
7 31 Tom Blomqvist / GBR Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 21 36:11.626 +03.502
8 18 Tatiana Calderón / COL Jo Zeller Racing 21 36:12.218 +04.094
9 22 Hector Hurst / GBR Team West-TecF3 21 36:13.649 +05.525
10 19 Antonio Giovinazzi / ITA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 21 36:14.354 +06.230
11 20 Sean Gelael / INA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 21 36:15.115 +06.991
12 16 Gustavo Menezes / USA Van Amersfoort Racing 21 36:16.706 +08.582
13 15 Jules Szymkowiak / NED Van Amersfoort Racing 21 36:16.900 +08.776
14 29 Santino Ferrucci / USA Eurointernational 21 36:17.299 +09.175
15 8 Michele Beretta / ITA Eurointernational 21 36:17.789 +09.665
16 4 Roy Nissany / ISR kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 20 36:15.576 1L
17 1 Nicholas Latifi / CAN Prema Powerteam 19 32:24.365 2L
18 3 Lucas Auer / AUT kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 16 26:18.951 5L
19 5 Jordan King / GBR Carlin 16 26:19.107 5L
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- 21 Félix Serrallés / USA Team West-TecF3 0

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