After a messy opening lap, which included Max Verstappen torpedoing Nicholas Latifi at the Spitzkehre hairpin to take both men out of contention, Felix found himself running fifth.
After a safety car period, necessitated by the lap one shenanigans, Felix came under pressure from Tom Blomqvist’s Carlin machine, eventually relinquishing fifth to the Briton after locking up at Turn 2.
Felix continued to suffer from lock-up issues throughout the race, in which he also had to combat severe understeer. He managed to keep seventh-placed Mitch Gilbert at bay, however, and was eventually promoted to fifth at the very final corner after Esteban Ocon appeared to drop back with technical problems.
The race was won by Felix’s Mücke Motorsport team-mate Lucas Auer, who consolidated an early advantage from pole position to claim his first win of the year.
Next up this weekend is Qualifying 2, which takes place later this afternoon and sets up the grid for Sunday’s second and third races.
“Finishing fifth from eighth on the grid is an OK result, but this was not a good race. For some reason, I suffered from massive understeer and locking under braking, and it was very difficult to drive the car today. I had full steering lock and could hardly get around some of the corners, and we now need to analyse why. Lucas is running a different set-up to me this weekend, and he is certainly on the pace and doing a good job, so we need to see if there is something we can learn from that side of the garage going into qualifying. The potential is there; it’s just a case of unlocking it.”
|1||3||Lucas Auer / AUT kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport||22||35:03.745|
|2||6||Edward Jones / Carlin||22||35:10.865||7.120|
|3||5||Jordan King / GBR Carlin||22||35:15.370||11.625|
|4||31||Tom Blomqvist / GBR Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||22||35:20.918||17.173|
|5||27||Felix Rosenqvist / SWE kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport||22||35:23.738||19.993|
|6||9||Mitchell Gilbert / AUS Fortec Motorsports||22||35:24.801||21.056|
|7||28||Jake Dennis / GBR Carlin||22||35:25.887||22.142|
|8||21||Félix Serrallés / USA Team West-TecF3||22||35:27.011||23.266|
|9||2||Esteban Ocon / FRA Prema Powerteam||22||35:27.476||23.731|
|10||11||Richard Goddard / GBR ThreeBond with T-Sport||22||35:29.155||25.410|
|11||25||Antonio Fuoco / ITA Prema Powerteam||22||35:33.217||29.472|
|12||14||Felipe Guimaraes / BRA Double R Racing||22||35:36.245||32.500|
|13||20||Sean Gelael / INA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||22||35:41.434||37.689|
|14||17||Sandro Zeller / SUI Jo Zeller Racing||22||35:54.402||50.657|
|15||22||Hector Hurst / GBR Team West-TecF3||22||35:55.329||51.584|
|16||12||Alexander Toril / ESP ThreeBond with T-Sport||22||35:59.702||55.957|
|17||8||Michele Beretta / ITA Eurointernational||22||36:02.208||58.463|
|18||18||Tatiana Calderón / COL Jo Zeller Racing||22||36:03.753||+1:00.008|
|19||26||Dennis van de Laar / NED Prema Powerteam||21||34:09.420||1L|
|20||10||John Bryant-Meisner / SWE Fortec Motorsports||21||35:34.528||1L|
|–||1||Nicholas Latifi / COD Prema Powerteam||18||30:09.780||4L|
|–||16||Gustavo Menezes / USA Van Amersfoort Racing||14||23:32.763||8L|
|–||30||Max Verstappen / NED Van Amersfoort Racing||6||11:09.317||16L|
|–||15||Jules Szymkowiak / NED Van Amersfoort Racing||6||11:18.815||16L|
|–||19||Antonio Giovinazzi / ITA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||0||00.000||22L|
|–||4||Roy Nissany / ISR kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport||0||00.000||22L|
|–||7||Riccardo Agostini / ITA Eurointernational||0||00.000||22L|