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Clutch failure forces Felix into Race 3 retirement

FORMULA 3 EURO SERIES / FIA EUROPEAN FORMULA 3 CHAMPIONSHIP
Venue:
Brands Hatch (Great Britain) | Date: May 20th, 2012 | Weather: Overcast

By Mattias Persson

Felix was forced to retire from the third and final Formula 3 Euro Series and FIA European Formula 3 Championship race at Brands Hatch on Sunday, after suffering a clutch failure when chasing team-mate Pascal Wehrlein hard for fifth place.

Felix went from eighth on the grid to sixth on the opening lap, and then put fifth-placed Wehrlein under intense pressure. Despite being visibly quicker than the German, however, Felix could not find a way past his Mücke Motorsport colleague - although he did make an attempt at Paddock Hill Bend on lap ten.

Rapidly deteriorating clutch issues, however, eventually forced Felix to park his Mücke Motorsport car in the pitlane, bringing an end to what can only be described as a tough weekend in the UK.

The race was won by Raffaele Marciello, with Will Buller second and Michael Lewis third.

QUOTE | FELIX
"I made another good start, but got stuck behind Pascal and was unable to pass him. Overtaking here at Brands Hatch is extremely difficult - even when you're much quicker than the car in front - but at the end it didn't really matter since I had to retire anyway. I could feel the clutch getting worse and worse with every lap, and it eventually just became impossible to carry on. A tough weekend - no doubt - but we'll try to regroup and do our utmost to improve ahead of the next races."


Results
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Pos Name Team Time
1 Raffaele Marciello Prema Powerteam-Mercedes 56 laps

2

Will Buller Carlin-Volkswagen

+15.537s

3 Michael Lewis Prema Powerteam-Mercedes +17.987s

4

Carlos Sainz Jr. Carlin-Volkswagen

+20.476s

5

Pascal Wehrlein Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes

+26.308s

DNF

Felix Rosenqvist

Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes

DNF






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