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Felix in AUTOSPORT World Driver Rankings all-time high

By Mattias Persson

Last weekend's victory success at Zandvoort has not only seen Felix haul himself right back into the heat of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship title race - it has also allowed him to continue his rise up the most thorough indexing ladder for relative driver performance; the AUTOSPORT World Driver Rankings.

The AUTOSPORT World Driver Rankings is the most ambitious attempt yet at comparing drivers across various championships and levels of the sport, taking a range of factors into consideration to establish an internal ranking chart. Among the measurement parameters used to determine the final pecking order are the competitiveness of a certain series, the results attained and the magnitude of the opposition faced by the driver in question.

In total, the AUTOSPORT World Driver Rankings rate more than 2500 drivers from across 41 different championships around the globe - from rallying and NASCAR to Formula 1 and endurance racing. Felix's 2013 results have meant that he has now reached a ranking all-time high, sitting a strong 91st overall - as the best-placed Swede, and ahead of all of his F3 rivals. The list, predictably, is topped almost exclusively by drivers racing in official world championships or in high-profile series such as NASCAR.

Felix ranks in 91st in the world

With eight wins, 15 podiums, three pole positions and seven fastest laps from 24 FIA Formula 3 European Championship races - and another triumph in the standalone Masters of Formula 3 - Felix now sits firmly ahead of some of the most celebrated names in the world of motor racing. Former DTM champions Bruno Spengler and Gary Paffett hold 97th and 99th place respectively, while F1 stars such as Adrian Sutil (96th) and Valtteri Bottas (108th) also slot in behind.

Felix's ranking chart curve over the past year

Main FIA Formula 3 European Championship title rival Raffaele Marciello, meanwhile, ranks in 146th following his dismal outing at Zandvoort last weekend. Among other drivers to feature in arrears of Felix are 2012 WTCC champion Rob Huff (133rd), successful Le Mans star Anthony Davidson (142nd), previous F1-man-turned-DTM-racer Timo Glock (194th) and current GP3 Series leader Facu Regalia (230th).


As far as the Swedish drivers are concerned, Felix is the only one to sit inside the top 100. Second among his fellow countrymen is GP2 racer Marcus Ericsson (120th overall), while STCC title winner Thed Björk ranks in third (150th overall) following a dominant year on the Swedish touring car scene. Mattias Ekström, racing in the DTM, is fourth (164th overall).

The top ten on the Swedish chart


Out of the 90 drivers ahead of Felix on the overall list, the vast majority compete in the absolute top echelons of international motor racing. This is where they come from:

Rallying: 9
Formula 1: 15
IndyCar: 19
DTM: 2
World Endurance Championship: 13
Other series: 8

Check out the AUTOSPORT World Driver Rankings at http://rankings.autosport.com

Note: All statistics correct per 2013-10-03

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