Felix did not break free from his recent on-track jinx in the second race of the weekend at Spielberg, as he was forced to retire just two laps into the 20-minute sprint after making contact with Lucas Wolf at the Schlossgold Kurve.
Producing yet another blistering start from ninth on the grid, Felix found himself with no other option than to go around the outside of a bunch of rivals as the field entered the first corner. The Mücke Motorsport man, however, ran out of space on the exit of the right-hander, getting airborne as he jumped heavily over the metallic Ludwig kerbs positioned at the site to mark the limit of the track. The Dallara chassis held firm surprisingly well, though, and Felix was able to continue – although he dropped back as a result of the incident.
He didn’t get to carry on for long, however, as URD Rennsport’s Lucas Wolf closed the door in harsh fashion as Felix tried to pass the German on the second lap. The duo went side by side around the Schlossgold Kurve, but – despite Felix being on the inside – Wolf continued to hold firm and eventually made inevitable contact with Felix, who had to retire on the spot.
The race was won by Carlin’s Will Buller, who scored his maiden Formula 3 Euro Series victory in the process. The final race of the weekend takes place tomorrow morning, with Felix looking to finally get rid of his ghosts as he sets off from pole position following his pace-setting qualifying effort yesterday.
QUOTE | FELIX
“What can I say? This simply isn’t my part of the championship, that’s for sure. I am constantly making good starts, but this afternoon – in one way – that was actually a bit detrimental. I had nowhere to go on the run to Turn 1 and had to remain on the outside, because from ninth on the grid I just kept on passing people off the line. That meant that I eventually found myself bouncing over the kerbs on the exit, but at least I know what it feels like to fly in an F3 car now! The incident with Wolf was a real shame because it definitely wasn’t necessary to collide in the way we did there. My complete focus is now on Race 3 tomorrow; and I really, really want to win.”