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THE CIRCUIT

           

Length: 3.629 km
Opened: 1927
F3 lap record: 1m22.744s (Lewis Hamilton, 2005)
Circuit map: click here
Geographic position: click here

As the European Formula 3 fraternity prepares to get the second half of the 2012 season underway at the legendary Nürburgring this weekend, Felix Rosenqvist is ready to do battle at one of his favourite circuits on the calendar.

Mücke Motorsport and Felix head into the event following an encouraging two-day test at EuroSpeedway Lausitz last week, and with the German DTM touring car series rejoining the F3 field for the first time in almost two months, the ingredients are undoubtedly in place for a memorable few days of roaring racing action in the Eifel mountains a short drive from Cologne.


Characteristics

The original Nürburgring saw the light of day as early as in 1927, and immediately won acclaim as the most challenging circuit in the world. Some were less impressed, however, with triple world champion Jackie Stewart's love/hate relationship with the venue famously laying the foundation for its subsequent nickname: "the Green Hell." To this day, it is still possible for anyone to complete a lap of the 20 km "Nordschleife" behind the wheel of their own car, but the majority of the professional racing events now take place on the much shorter and considerably safer Grand Prix circuit - which continues to host the German Formula 1 Grand Prix on an alteration basis with Hockenheim.

This weekend's DTM and F3 races will be staged on parts of the Grand Prix circuit, with a hairpin shortcutting the full length of the lap right after the opening Mercedes Arena. The track is dominated by medium-speed corners and two long straights, which both end up in a couple of heavy braking zones that also mark the best overtaking opportunities. Traction out of the slow corners is vital at the 'Ring, and high levels of mechanical grip can hand a well-needed performance advantage.


Weather

Much like Spa-Francorchamps on the other side of the Belgian/German border, the Nürburgring's mountain setting makes it prone to ever-changing weather conditions. The forecast for the weekend ahead speaks of mainly bright sunshine and comfortable temperatures, but the paddock will know from experience that no prediction is ever a safe bet in the Eifel region.

Click here for a detailed weather forecast


WEEKEND DATA

Felix's perspective

     

"The Nürburgring has always been one of my favourite circuits, and I've always gone well there in the past. I drove there for the first time already back in 2007, and it was actually one of the first major European tracks I ever visited. We go into this event on the back of a very positive test at EuroSpeedway Lausitz last week, and hopefully, we'll be able to transform the gains we made there into improved performances in race trim. We have had some difficulties and bad luck in the first half of the season, but I think I've been driving as good as ever and I look forward to try and bring home some nice results to the team in the remaining races."

     

Time schedule

All times local

Friday 17 August
Free Practice: 10.35-12.20
Qualifying: 16.15-16.45

Saturday 18 August
Race 1: 11.15-11.55
Race 2: 15.25-15.45

Sunday 19 August
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
10       Philip Ellis       GBR         GU-Racing         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
17       Emil Bernstorff       GBR         ma-con Motorsport         Volkswagen
23       Luis Sá Silva       ANG         Angola Racing Team         Mercedes-Benz
                           
      Guest drivers                      
      Alexander Sims       GBR         T-Sport         Nissan
      Richard Goddard       AUS         T-Sport         Mugen-Honda



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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