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THE CIRCUIT

           

Length: 4.574 km
Opened: 1932
F3 lap record: 1m32.599s (Felix Rosenqvist, 2011)
Circuit map: click here
Geographic position: click here

After a season of intense racing across nine different venues in seven different countries, the Formula 3 Euro Series and FIA European F3 Championship campaign will reach its final destination of 2012 at the Hockenheim Grand Prix circuit this weekend. Felix Rosenqvist, having just announced plans to compete in the end-of-season Macau Grand Prix next month, heads to the European finale on a roll after having won races in emphatic fashion at the previous two rounds at Zandvoort and Valencia - and is looking to end the year on a high at a track which has produced some of his most fond memories behind the wheel. 

Having claimed his first-ever Formula 3 Euro Series win at Hockenheim during last year's finale, the Baden-Württemberg circuit is always going to be a place of significant importance to Felix - who also holds the Formula 3 lap record at the venue. On a weekend that will ring down the curtain on one of the most fiercely competitive single-seater series on the junior stage, Felix finds himself in the mix for a possible position among the top three in the championship standings, where he currently sits fifth; 29,5 points adrift of second place in Formula 3 Euro Series, and just 19 shy of third in the FIA European F3 Championship.


Characteristics

One of Hockenheim's most exotic features is something as rare as a straight that actually bends. This pedal-to-the-metal left-hand sweep halfway around the lap - named the "Parabolica" - creates a real technical dilemma for engineers, with the rest of the track being made up of a mixture of slow, medium and high speed corners. The fine balance between potentially race-winning top speed at the end of the straight and sufficient grip in the other parts of the lap forces teams into a car set-up compromise, which often puts the driver in a difficult situation as he either struggles for straight-line speed or performance in the sweeping Motodrom at the end of the lap.

Turn 1 is one of the fastest on the entire calendar, and is taken at well over 200 km/h. The exit consists of a wide tarmac run-off area that is sometimes used a bit too extensively by drivers, leading to penalties or even to the occasional high-speed crash.

The fact that all teams and drivers have already raced at Hockenheim this year, at the curtain-raiser back in April, means that most will be well-prepared and should promote close and memorable racing.


Weather

Spectacular finale - and spectacular weather! In a rare occurrence for 2012, forecasts predict a 0 % risk of rain ahead of a race weekend, with the autumn sun looking set to shine bright and produce temperatures of around 20 degrees Celsius throughout the three days of action. Conditions may still throw up the odd hurdle in the form of morning fog - which forced free practice and qualifying to be delayed last year - but on-site spectators should be in for a generally comfortable time.

Click here for a detailed weather forecast


WEEKEND DATA

Felix's perspective

   

"This is an exciting time for me; we've won races at the previous two rounds of the campaign, we have just decided to compete in the Macau Grand Prix for a third time next month, and I really enjoy driving at Hockenheim. To head into the final round of the championship season in such a positive frame of mind feels very encouraging, and the car was as good as it has ever been last time out in Valencia. We didn't have the ultimate pace to win at Hockenheim when we raced there in April, even though I did end up on the podium in all three races of the weekend, but it's still one of my favourite tracks and the scene of my first Formula 3 Euro Series victory exactly one year ago. The position in the championship could have been a lot stronger than it currently is, but we've had so much bad luck this year that I don't really think too much about that. It would be great to finish the year on a high and try to challenge for further wins this weekend."

         
        Read more: Felix Rosenqvist commits to 2012 Macau Grand Prix

Time schedule

All times local

Friday 19 October 
Free Practice: 10.35-12.20
Qualifying: 16.35-17.05

Saturday 20 October
Race 1: 11.15-11.55
Race 2: 15.25-15.45

Sunday 21 October
Race 3: 11.15-11.55


How it works

This weekend's races count towards both Formula 3 Euro Series and the FIA European Formula 3 Championship. The exception is Race 2, which only counts towards Formula 3 Euro Series.

The grid for the first race of the meeting is based on each driver's second-fastest lap time in Friday qualifying, with the outright fastest times setting up the grid for Race 3. Both Race 1 and Race 3 are run over approx. 40 minutes, and utilise the same points structure as Formula 1 with 25 points on offer for the winner. This applies to both Formula 3 Euro Series and the FIA European Formula 3 Championship.

Race 2 is a so-called "sprint" event, contested over approx. 20 minutes. The grid is formed by reversing the top eight finishers from Race 1, with the winner starting from eighth, the runner-up from seventh etc. The artificial elements of Race 2 - combined with the shorter race distance - mean that fewer points are up for grabs (10 for the winner) than in Race 1 and Race 3.

The full 2012 calendar and points system can be viewed here.


Preliminary entry list

Nr.       Name       Nat.         Team           Engine 
1       Daniel Juncadella       ESP         Prema Powerteam           Mercedes-Benz
2       Sven Müller       GER         Prema Powerteam           Mercedes-Benz
5       Felix Rosenqvist       SWE         Mücke Motorsport           Mercedes-Benz
6       Pascal Wehrlein       GER         Mücke Motorsport           Mercedes-Benz
7       Sandro Zeller       SUI         Jo Zeller Racing           Mercedes-Benz
8       Andrea Roda       ITA         Jo Zeller Racing           Mercedes-Benz
9       Lucas Wolf       GER         URD Rennsport           Mercedes-Benz
11       William Buller       GBR         Carlin           Volkswagen
12       Carlos Sainz Jr.       ESP         Carlin           Volkswagen
14       Michael Lewis       USA         Prema Powerteam           Mercedes-Benz
15       Raffaele Marciello       ITA         Prema Powerteam           Mercedes-Benz
16       Tom Blomqvist       GBR         ma-con Motorsport           Volkswagen
23       Luis Sá Silva       ANG         Angola Racing Team           Mercedes-Benz
                             
      Guest entries                         
      Felipe Nasr       BRA         Carlin           Volkswagen
      Luis Derani       BRA         Fortec Motorsport           Mercedes-Benz
      Felix Serralles       PUE         Fortec Motorsport           Mercedes-Benz
      Alex Lynn       GBR         Fortec Motorsport           Mercedes-Benz
      Dennis van de Laar       NED         Van Amersfoort Racing           Volkswagen
      Lucas Auer       AUT         Van Amersfoort Racing           Volkswagen



HOW TO FOLLOW FELIX THIS WEEKEND

Website

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 information hub for everything that goes on both on and off the track, and will also feature other relevant news, pictures and videos.


TV

For the first time in the history of Formula 3 Euro Series, all races will be streamed LIVE at www.f3euroseries.com throughout the season, meaning everyone with an internet connection will now be able to watch all the action in real time. The live stream can also be accessed via banners appearing on the start page at www.felixracing.se. The streaming will commence ten minutes before the scheduled start of each race (see event time table above).


Social media

The interaction with fans and followers will principally involve Felix Racing's official Facebook Fan Page (link below), where supporters can discuss all the goings-on and post potential questions to Felix.

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