Starting from fourth on the grid, Felix shot off the line to snatch third from Antonio Giovinazzi, and then joined front-row men Max Verstappen and Esteban Ocon in a breakaway charge that saw the trio open up an immediate gap to their fellow rivals.
Once an early safety car period had been cleared, Felix began to put Race 2 winner Ocon under pressure, as the balance of his Mücke Motorsport machine proved considerably improved in the wake of some further afternoon set-up changes.
It would all turn to nothing on lap five, however, as a sudden loss of engine power forced Felix out of the race and into retirement to conclude a weekend of many challenges at the German Grand Prix venue.
The Mücke Motorsport engineers are yet to identify the cause of the engine problem, and do currently not know whether a replacement unit will be needed for next weekend’s round at Pau. If an engine change proves to be required, Felix would incur a ten-place grid penalty for all three races in France.
“Not exactly the best day of my career. For the first time this weekend, we got the set-up close to where it needs to be, and I felt quicker than Ocon when the engine lost power on the back straight. It was a real shame, and it cost us a potential podium. Still, it was positive to end the weekend on a strong note pace-wise, and with the next race just one week away at Pau, we will be back on-track again shortly – and we’re determined to fight back.”
|1||30||Max Verstappen / NED Van Amersfoort Racing||22||35:44.690|
|2||2||Esteban Ocon / FRA Prema Powerteam||22||35:45.550||+00.860|
|3||25||Antonio Fuoco / ITA Prema Powerteam||22||35:46.467||1.777|
|4||3||Lucas Auer / AUT kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport||22||35:50.831||6.141|
|5||19||Antonio Giovinazzi / ITA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||22||35:51.532||6.842|
|6||28||Jake Dennis / GBR Carlin||22||35:52.298||7.608|
|7||5||Jordan King / GBR Carlin||22||35:56.530||11.840|
|8||4||Roy Nissany / ISR kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport||22||36:10.101||25.411|
|9||16||Gustavo Menezes / USA Van Amersfoort Racing||22||36:11.119||26.429|
|10||7||Riccardo Agostini / ITA Eurointernational||22||36:13.804||29.114|
|11||17||Sandro Zeller / SUI Jo Zeller Racing||22||36:16.078||31.388|
|12||11||Richard Goddard / GBR ThreeBond with T-Sport||22||36:16.610||31.920|
|13||26||Dennis van de Laar / NED Prema Powerteam||22||36:17.758||33.068|
|14||9||Mitchell Gilbert / AUS Fortec Motorsports||22||36:19.461||34.771|
|15||6||Edward Jones / Carlin||22||36:22.107||37.417|
|16||15||Jules Szymkowiak / NED Van Amersfoort Racing||22||36:28.096||43.406|
|17||22||Hector Hurst / GBR Team West-TecF3||22||36:31.687||46.997|
|18||18||Tatiana Calderón / COL Jo Zeller Racing||22||36:34.054||49.364|
|19||10||John Bryant-Meisner / SWE Fortec Motorsports||22||36:34.954||50.264|
|20||12||Alexander Toril / ESP ThreeBond with T-Sport||22||36:37.020||52.330|
|21||8||Michele Beretta / ITA Eurointernational||22||36:46.896||+1:02.206|
|22||20||Sean Gelael / INA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||22||36:51.283||+1:06.593|
|23||21||Félix Serrallés / USA Team West-TecF3||0|
|23||1||Nicholas Latifi / COD Prema Powerteam||12||21:44.368||10L|
|24||27||Felix Rosenqvist / SWE kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport||5||9:16.258||17L|
|25||14||Felipe Guimaraes / BRA Double R Racing||5||9:22.456||17L|
|26||31||Tom Blomqvist / GBR Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||1||2:00.865||21L|
|27||21||Félix Serrallés / USA Team West-TecF3||1||2:10.006||21L|