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THE CIRCUIT

           

Length: 4.307 km
Opened: 1948
F3 lap record: 1m31.076s (Jules Bianchi, 2009)
Circuit map: click here
Geographic position: click here

Less than a week on from the events of the Nürburgring - where he faced brutal disappointment when he was pushed into retirement while battling for the lead at the start of the final race on Sunday - Felix Rosenqvist returns to the limelight in fightback mode as the European Formula 3 grid goes west to Circuit Park Zandvoort for the second part of its August double-header.

With the Dutch shoreline venue having played host to the blue riband RTL GP Masters of Formula 3 event as recently as last month, the field is well-familiar with the Zandvoort track, and the latest round of the Formula 3 Euro Series and FIA European F3 Championship promises plenty of action as some of the world's most competitive youngsters continue to dice for glory.


Characteristics

Circuit Park Zandvoort is located on the Dutch North Sea coastline, at the heart of one of the country’s most popular summer retreats. The proximity of the sea and the massive sand dunes surrounding the area make grip levels low at the beginning of the weekend, but the situation usually improves as more and more rubber is laid down on the track.

Zandvoort is rated as one of few remaining old-fashioned, true driving challenges, with fast and flowing corners that sweep into each other with seamless finesse. Turn 1 – the classic Tarzan Bocht – marks the best spot for overtaking, and the 4.307 km lap in general is a firm favourite with teams and drivers alike.

The most spectacular section of the circuit can be found in the sequence of corners at the far end of the lap, starting with the ultra-fast Scheivlak Bocht. On new tyres – and with a fair amount of bravery – Scheivlak can be negotiated flat out at 230 km/h, although the slightest mistake can have devastating effects. As if that in itself isn’t enough, the section that follows right afterwards is one of the most technical on the entire calendar, featuring two difficult right-handers and culminating in the critical Bocht 8 where a selection of potential lines are on offer.


Weather

Zandvoort is a relatively weather-safe location, especially during the summer when the town is invaded by sun-seeking tourists and holiday-goers. Last month's Masters of Formula 3 event, however, was hit by severe thunderstorms, with the circuit access tunnel even closing down due to flooding. The forecast for this weekend looks similarly threatening, and while Friday seemingly offers a decent shot for the sun to break through, Saturday and Sunday see a full 70-percent risk of rain.

Click here for a detailed weather forecast


WEEKEND DATA

Felix's perspective

     

"After the massive disappointment I felt after what happened at the Nürburgring last weekend, it's going to be good to head straight into another round of the championship. It will help me recover more quickly, and Zandvoort is a circuit I particularly enjoy. We were challenging for the podium in the Masters of Formula 3 race there last month, and even though the end result wasn't great after I got pushed wide in Turn 1, we normally fare well there. I think we will be stronger on the Hankook tyre than we were on the Kumhos we used in the Masters, and we really made a step forward with the car last weekend. It was good to see that the things we tried out - and it was quite a lot - enabled us to fight for victories again, and we will be looking to keep that momentum going into Zandvoort. Let's hope for a clean and solid weekend for once."

     
          To read more about the Nürburgring start clash last Sunday - and Felix's podium a day earlier - see the following articles:

2012-08-19: Controversial clash throws Felix out of Race 3
2012-08-19: Felix Rosenqvist returns to Formula 3 Euro Series podium
2012-08-21: Daniel Juncadella apologises for start clash
           

Time schedule

All times local

Friday 24 August
Free Practice: 10.35-12.20
Qualifying: 16.30-17.00

Saturday 25 August
Race 1: 11.15-11.55
Race 2: 15.25-15.45

Sunday 26 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



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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