• Sunday , 19 November 2017

Race 3: positive ending to tough weekend

Race 3Felix brought the opening round of the 2014 FIA Formula 3 European Championship campaign to a positive close by charging his way up to seventh in the final race of the weekend at Silverstone.

Following the adversity of yesterday, Mücke Motorsport went into the race not just looking for stronger results – but also eager to try out a range of new overnight set-up changes.

Starting from 14th on the grid, Felix got things off encouragingly, overtaking fellow Swede John Bryant-Meisner for ninth at the end of the opening lap and grabbing eighth from Jordan King three corners later.

From there, the race stabilised, with Felix joining a queue of cars that also featured team-mate Lucas Auer. On lap eight, however, he was pushed off the track by a rival in the tight Village/Loop complex, dropping back to tenth.

Never one to give up, Felix would not let the setback get to him, as he set about once again bridging the gap to the cars ahead. After catching up with Auer, Felix produced an eye-catching around-the-outside move as the Mücke Motorsport duo went side by side through Brooklands, eventually coming out on top.

Towards the end of the race, Felix was among the fastest men on track – excluding the top three Prema Powerteam and Van Amersfoort Racing runners, who still enjoyed a clear advantage.

Felix quickly closed up on King (who had got back ahead of Felix during the earlier off-track incident), and once again launched an attack around the outside – this time going into Stowe. Felix made it stick, grabbed seventh, and then crossed the line just 0.3 seconds in arrears of Race 1 winner Tom Blomqvist.

Second-placed Max Verstappen, meanwhile, is under investigation for a potential overtaking move on Blomqvist under yellow flags, and the results may change depending on the stewards’ findings.

NEWS UPDATE: Verstappen escapes penalty.

The FIA Formula 3 European Championship now moves to Hockenheim – a circuit on which Felix has won races in each and every year since 2011.

 

FELIX:

“After everything we’ve gone through this weekend, at least this marked somewhat of a positive end. Starting 14th isn’t exactly ideal, and considering that, I think we made the most of this race – particularly since I was using four old tyres. Still, we’re way off the leading pace, and we most certainly can’t be happy just because things turned out a little better today. We have a massive amount of performance to unlock before Hockenheim, and that work starts right here, right now.”

 

RESULTS

Pos. No Driver Laps Time Gap
1 25 Antonio Fuoco / ITA Prema Powerteam 18 34:13.614 -
2 30 Max Verstappen / NED Van Amersfoort Racing 18 34:18.345 4.731
3 2 Esteban Ocon / FRA Prema Powerteam 18 34:22.939 9.325
4 1 Nicholas Latifi / COD Prema Powerteam 18 34:30.936 17.322
5 19 Antonio Giovinazzi / ITA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 18 34:35.281 21.667
6 31 Tom Blomqvist / GBR Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 18 34:39.559 25.945
7 27 Felix Rosenqvist / SWE kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 18 34:39.880 26.266
8 3 Lucas Auer / AUT kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 18 34:45.647 32.033
9 5 Jordan King / GBR Carlin 18 34:47.051 33.437
10 21 Félix Serrallés / USA Team West-TecF3 18 34:47.428 33.814
11 10 John Bryant-Meisner / SWE Fortec Motorsports 18 34:47.641 34.027
12 26 Dennis van de Laar / NED Prema Powerteam 18 34:48.062 34.448
13 22 Hector Hurst / GBR Team West-TecF3 18 34:49.088 35.474
14 12 Alexander Toril / ESP ThreeBond with T-Sport 18 34:49.406 35.792
15 6 Edward Jones / Carlin 18 34:51.635 38.021
16 4 Roy Nissany / ISR kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 18 34:53.435 39.821
17 8 Michele Beretta / ITA Eurointernational 18 34:56.141 42.527
18 16 Gustavo Menezes / USA Van Amersfoort Racing 18 34:56.819 43.205
19 18 Tatiana Calderón / COL Jo Zeller Racing 18 34:59.586 45.972
20 15 Jules Szymkowiak / NED Van Amersfoort Racing 18 35:02.311 48.697
21 11 Richard Goddard / GBR ThreeBond with T-Sport 18 35:30.381 +1:16.767
22 7 Riccardo Agostini / ITA Eurointernational 16 31:35.604 2 Laps
NOT CLASSIFIED
- 20 Sean Gelael / INA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 15 34:31.397
- 9 Mitchell Gilbert / AUS Fortec Motorsports 1 2:32.092
- 14 Felipe Guimaraes / BRA Double R Racing 0
- 28 Jake Dennis / GBR Carlin 0

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