This weekend will see the FIA Formula 3 European Championship break brand new ground, as the series pays its maiden visit to Russia and heads further east than ever before. Felix Rosenqvist will be one of the drivers on the grid for the historic occasion, which takes the field – and the rest of the DTM event platform – to the 3.9 km Moscow Raceway on the outskirts of the northernmost megacity on Earth.
Flashback: the previous round
FIA F3 European Championship: Norisring (Round 6)
- Norisring pole goes unrewarded for Rosenqvist
- Video: from pole to pile-up – Felix reviews Norisring weekend
- Gallery: Nuremberg through the lens
Length: 3.955 km
Lap record, F3: no previous race
2013 results (Felix): no race staged
Race duration: 35 minutes
Opened in 2012, Moscow Raceway is the youngest venue on the FIA Formula 3 European Championship calendar, sporting modern facilities and the latest safety standards.
The circuit features an interesting mix of fast and slow corners, with the anti-clockwise lap starting off with the quick Turn 1 left-hander. The first two sectors are made up of a succession of technical sweeps, requiring a well-balanced car that allows the driver to rapidly change direction without upsetting chassis stability.
Sector three, by contrast, is all about straightline speed and braking for the final corner – likely to mark the preferred spot for overtaking attempts throughout the weekend.
“I’m looking forward to this weekend for a variety of reasons. Firstly, Moscow Raceway will be a brand new circuit for me, and secondly, I’ve never previously been to Russia. It’ll be interesting to experience the culture – motor racing is good at taking you to new places – and to race at a venue where we haven’t previously been. More than anything, however, I’m determined to turn our pace from recent races into concrete results. We’ve been very unfortunate lately, but I did claim pole at the Norisring last time out and the potential is there when we get everything together. I normally adapt quickly to new circuits, and I’ve done quite a few laps around Moscow Raceway in the simulator, so at least I know what way the lap goes! I’m feeling well-prepared and ready for the weekend ahead.”
All times local (GMT+04:00)
Friday 11 July
Free Practice 1: 12.45 (40 minutes)
Free Practice 2: 13.30 (40 minutes)
Qualifying 1: 16.50 (20 minutes)
Saturday 12 July
Race 1: 13.10 (35 minutes)
Qualifying 2: 17.40 (20 minutes)
Sunday 13 July
Race 2: 12.50 (35 minutes)
Race 3: 17.25 (35 minutes)
HOW IT WORKS – AN FIA F3 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP QUICK GUIDE
Each round of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship is made up of three races, all of which are of equal length (35 minutes) and importance for the outcome in the title chase. The points structure mirrors that in use in Formula 1, running to the 25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1 system (with the top ten finishers in each race scoring points).
The grid for all three races is set in the two qualifying sessions. For Race 1, the starting order is established by the outright results of Qualifying 1, while the subsequent second qualifying session forms the grid for Race 2. For Race 3, the grid will be based on each driver’s second-fastest lap in Qualifying 2.
The full 2014 calendar can be viewed here.
FIA Formula 3 European Championship 2014 – teams and drivers
HOW TO FOLLOW FELIX THIS WEEKEND
As always, www.felixracing.se will be fully updated throughout the weekend, with reports from each of the sessions that take place. The website is the central hub of information for everything that goes on both on and off the track, and will also feature other relevant news, pictures and videos.
All three races at the event will be streamed LIVE at www.fiaf3europe.com, with a link set to appear in the slider field at the top of the www.felixracing.se start page. In addition to the real-time broadcasts, a new-for-2014 agreement will also see Eurosport produce a magazine-style wrap-up show to be aired on the Tuesday following each round.
The interaction with fans and followers will principally involve Felix Racing’s official Facebook Fan Page, where supporters can discuss all the goings-on and post potential questions to Felix. Tweets will also be forthcoming through Felix’s own Twitter account (@FRosenqvist).