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THE CIRCUIT

           

Length: 4.005 km
Opened: 1999
F3 lap record: 1m28.611s (Roberto Merhi, 2011)
Circuit map: click here
Geographic position: click here

Five weeks have passed since Felix Rosenqvist crossed the line to claim victory at Zandvoort - but this weekend finally sees the Formula 3 Euro Series and FIA European F3 Championship competitors return to action for the penultimate round of the campaign. The venue in question is Spain's Circuit Ricardo Tormo on the outskirts of Valencia, as the F3 fraternity prepares to regroup as part of the support bill to German touring car series the DTM.

Felix currently holds fifth place overall in both championships, but the standings are tightly packed - and one single race could drastically reshuffle the order. A fruitful test at EuroSpeedway Lausitz in the beginning of August has seen Mücke Motorsport become a regular threat to the leading Prema Powerteam outfit over the last two rounds - as demonstrated by Felix's victory in the Netherlands - and hopes are high of continued strong form in the heat of Spain.


Characteristics

Circuit Ricardo Tormo - named after a former Spanish road racing driver - offers a wide range of corners. The track is a popular venue for Formula 1 pre-season testing in the winter, although it should not be confused with the Valencia Street Circuit that plays host to the European Grand Prix around the roads of the harbour in the city centre.

One of the most spectacular sections of the circuit is Turn 1, which - on a perfect lap - can be taken flat-out at top gear in a modern Formula 3 car. The speed is truly mind-blowing, never dropping below 200 km/h in the ultra-fast left-hander, where drivers also have to worry about traffic coming out of the nearby pitlane exit. The rest of the lap is rhythmic and flowing, featuring a series of S bends that require a balanced chassis and a smooth driving technique that loads up the respective pair of wheels progressively enough to avoid unpleasant surprises for the driver as the car changes direction. Circuit Ricardo Tormo was originally built as a motorcycling venue, which makes overtaking difficult to conduct due to the narrow nature of the track and places added emphasis on a strong performance in Friday qualifying.


Weather

Circuit Ricardo Tormo is located in a valley between the mountains in the western outskirts of Valencia, and sports dry, warm and consistent weather. There is always room for the abnormal, however, as proved by the fact that forecasts for the up-coming weekend seem to suggest a 60-percent risk of rain on Friday and Saturday. Temperatures, though, are expected to stay around 20 degrees Celsius for the duration of the event.

Click here for a detailed weather forecast


WEEKEND DATA

Felix's perspective

     

"I am really looking forward to getting back behind the wheel this weekend; it has been a while. Valencia is a fun and unique track, which is also among the most physically demanding on the entire calendar. The tarmac generates a lot of grip, making the car heavy to steer and any mistake more difficult to get away with. I went fastest in winter testing at Valencia ahead of this season, and I do enjoy racing at Circuit Ricardo Tormo. Following my win at Zandvoort last time out, I head into the final two rounds of the campaign in a very determined mood, and the target has got to be to challenge at the front both here and at the season-finale at Hockenheim."

     

Time schedule

All times local

Friday 28 September
Free Practice: 10.35-12.20
Qualifying: 15.45-16.15

Saturday 29 September
Race 1: 11.15-11.55
Race 2: 15.25-15.45

Sunday 30 September
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



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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