Length: 4.574 km
F3 lap record: 1m32.599s (Felix Rosenqvist, 2011)
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Having out-scored all of his rivals as he completed a podium clean-sweep and celebrated his first win of the year at Silverstone last month, Felix Rosenqvist heads into round three of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship this weekend determined to maintain his strong form. Now sitting in second place in the overall standings, there is more to smile about as the ultra-competitive young-gun series joins the DTM support bill for the first time in 2013 at Hockenheim - where the Swedish Mücke Motorsport driver holds the current F3 lap record and has enjoyed considerable success in previous years.
With three wins to his name around the Baden-Württemberg track - two of which were delivered during the European F3 fraternity's latest visit to the circuit for the 2012 season-finale - Felix is well-familiar with the German Grand Prix venue; but the past is the past, and the present is the present. With F3 competition tougher than ever before, and further drivers joining the field for this weekend, there is no room for mistake as the fight for glory rages on.
Flashback: the previous round
Video: Felix talks us through the emotions of winning at Silverstone
Press Release: Felix takes thrilling Silverstone victory
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 sections of the circuit 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 and most spectacular on the entire calendar, 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.
Much like the opening two rounds of the season in Italy and the UK respectively, this weekend's races at Hockenheim look set to feature some changeable weather. The risk of rain currently sits at about 50/50 for Friday and Saturday, while Sunday's activities are predicted to steer clear of precipitation to the benefit of the vernal German sun.
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"Hockenheim is one of my absolute favourite circuits on the calendar, and I've scored three of my F3 victories there. It's a place that usually suits both me and the team well, and on the back of the strong results of Silverstone, I definitely head into this weekend in a confident frame of mind. Furthermore, we enjoyed a productive day of testing at EuroSpeedway Lausitz last week that enabled us to make further progress with the car, but we also know that several of our rivals have conducted even more running since Silverstone - and we still have quite some work to do before we can be happy with where we are. We will simply have to fight as hard as we possibly can to stay among the frontrunners, but that is always the case at this level - and our target has got to be to challenge for victory once again."
All times local (GMT+02:00)
Friday 3 May
Free Practice 1: 13.40 (40 minutes)
Free Practice 2: 14.25 (40 minutes)
Qualifying 1: 17.55 (20 minutes)
Qualifying 2: 18.30 (20 minutes)
Saturday 4 May
Race 1: 11.10 (35 minutes)
Race 2: 18.05 (35 minutes)
Sunday 5 May
Race 3: 11.00 (35 minutes)
How it works
Each round of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship is made up of three races, all of which are of equal length (35 minutes) and importance for the outcome in the title chase. The points structure mirrors that in use in Formula 1, with the winner of each race being awarded 25 points.
The grid for all three races is formed in Friday's two qualifying sessions, which are separated by a short break. The reverse-grid regulations in use during the championship's previous Formula 3 Euro Series incarnation have been dropped for 2013, with qualifying now left as the only tool for shaping up starting positions.
The Race 1 grid is established by the outright results of Qualifying 1, while the subsequent second qualifying session forms the grid for Race 3. For Race 2, the grid will be based on each driver's second-fastest lap in Qualifying 1.
The full 2013 calendar and points system can be viewed here.
Preliminary entry list
FIA Formula 3 European Championship - 2013 entry list
HOW TO FOLLOW FELIX THIS WEEKEND
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 hub of information for everything that goes on both on and off the track, and will also feature other relevant news, pictures and videos.
All three races at the event will be streamed LIVE at www.fiaf3europe.com. A link to the stream will appear at the start page of www.felixracing.se. All-in-all, FIA Formula 3 European Championship action is broadcast in 149 countries throughout the world, out of which more than 80 provide LIVE TV coverage. For further information, please click here.
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. Tweets will also be forthcoming through Felix's own Twitter account (@FRosenqvist).