Felix did not enjoy the kind of start he was looking for as the FIA Formula 3 European Championship kicked into life at Silverstone on Friday, after engine problems brought running to a premature end in free practice.
After leading the Mücke Motorsport charge by grabbing tenth in the opening 40-minute session, Felix ran into trouble early on as practice recommenced after a five-minute break, eventually completing just seven more laps before parking up in the pitlane with a loss of engine power.
Mücke Motorsport do currently not know what caused the issues, but work is underway to rectify the problem in time for this afternoon’s all-important qualifying sessions – the first of which commences at 13.40 local time.
Practice was topped by Van Amersfoort Racing’s Max Verstappen, who recorded a 1m51.716s best towards the end of the session. Despite sitting out the last 30 minutes of running, Felix remained the fastest Mücke Motorsport representative on a 1m53.001s.
“That obviously wasn’t the start we’d been hoping for, but hopefully it’s not too serious. The engine lost power at the beginning of the second session, right after the five-minute break, and the team is currently looking into it. Driving-wise, the running we did do felt quite OK, but we do have a few things to work on going into qualifying. It’s still early days and I look forward to seeing where we are this afternoon.”
RESULTS (top ten):
|1||Max Verstappen / NED Van Amersfoort Racing||1:51.716||–|
|2||Esteban Ocon / FRA Prema Powerteam||1:51.798||+0.082|
|3||Antonio Fuoco / ITA Prema Powerteam||1:51.863||+0.147|
|4||Edward Jones / GBR Carlin||1:52.040||+0.324|
|5||Jordan King / GBR Carlin||1:52.082||+0.366|
|6||Tom Blomqvist / GBR Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||1:52.116||+0.400|
|7||Nicholas Latifi / COD Prema Powerteam||1:52.259||+0.543|
|8||Antonio Giovinazzi / ITA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||1:52.334||+0.618|
|9||Richard Goddard / GBR ThreeBond with T-Sport||1:52.558||+0.842|
|10||Félix Serrallés / USA Team West-TecF3||1:52.594||+0.878|
|16||Felix Rosenqvist / SWE Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes||1:53.001||+1.285|