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THE CIRCUIT

           

Length: 2.300 km
Opened: 1947
F3 lap record: 48.625s (Roberto Merhi, 2011)
Circuit map: click here
Geographic position: click here

An historic triple win in Austria, and a second, record-equalling Masters of Formula 3 triumph at Zandvoort - it would be hard to argue against Felix Rosenqvist being the man of the moment in the echelons of international F3 racing. Just days after leading a host of the most talented single-seater juniors across the line in an emphatic lights-to-flag display in the standalone Dutch classic, the 21-year-old gets back to regular FIA Formula 3 European Championship duty on the streets of Nuremberg this weekend, travelling to the 2.3 km Norisring with the aim of maintaining his strong form.

Having drastically slashed overall leader Raffaele Marciello's advantage in the standings thanks to his trio of victories in the latest round of the championship at the Red Bull Ring, Felix goes into this weekend's DTM-supporting event sitting 27.5 points adrift of his Italian, Ferrari-backed title rival. Despite all the recent success, however, the Mücke Motorsport man knows how quickly the winds of change can blow in the world of motor racing - particularly as he heads to a venue where not everything has gone according to plan in previous years.
   

Flashback: the previous round

FIA Formula 3 European Championship: Red Bull Ring

Press Release: Felix Rosenqvist makes history with victory clean-sweep
Video: Felix enters history books in Austria 
Video: FIA Formula 3 European Championship - Round 5 - review


RTL GP Masters of Formula 3 (standalone)
 

Press Release: Felix Rosenqvist takes second Masters of Formula 3 victory
Report: "Rosenqvist in dominant display"



Characteristics

With just four corners and a lap half the length of most other, it's easy to jump to the conclusion of the Norisring - the only street circuit on the FIA Formula 3 European Championship calendar - being quite a straightforward circuit. Nothing, however, could be more wrong.

The tarmac on the former parade streets around the 360-metre "Steintribüne" grandstand is among the most uneven in the world, and grip levels are not helped by an array of painted traffic lines on the surface of the track. The layout is dominated by two tight hairpins - one at each end - making traction and braking the two most important parameters in car set-up.

Sticking with the aspect of braking, slowing the cars down in an effective way will be one of the most significant challenges for the drivers, with heavy braking zones made even more difficult by twisting entries to the corners. The Norisring puts a premium on mechanically strong chassis, as opposed to the aerodynamic performance required by more traditional venues.

The room for mistakes (the DTM meeting sees about 100 concrete walls and three layers of Armco barriers installed around the track) is highly limited - particularly in the fast Esses on the back of the circuit. The Nuremberg streets require drivers to slowly build their confidence between the walls, making a trouble-free practice session on Friday vital for the acclimatisation process.


Weather

July, summer, and lovely weather - the Nuremberg forecasts predict perfect conditions throughout the weekend, with only a slight risk of rain on Sunday. With the events of 2011 and 2012 in fresh memory, however - when the Norisring was drenched in a series of electric thunderstorms - even the tiniest threat of precipitation will have to be taken seriously. 

Click here for a detailed weather forecast


WEEKEND DATA

Felix's perspective

     

"The last few months and weeks have been fantastic for me, and it's very inspiring to head into this weekend on the back of four consecutive victories. We're in a bit of a flow at the moment, and I obviously want to maintain this strong form for as long as possible. Having said that, though, I am very well aware that you can't win every race - and it's vital to keep being realistic and to focus on the things that matter. The Norisring is the one circuit in my entire career which I haven't really come to grips with from a driving point of view, so it feels good to go there with confidence running high - I might need it! The layout may look simple, but it is a very particular track. I have thought long and hard about how to best extract the strengths of our car around there this year, and hopefully we'll be able to score lots of valuable points."

     

Time schedule

All times local (GMT+02:00)

Friday 12 July
Free Practice 1: 13.40 (40 minutes)
Free Practice 2: 14.25 (40 minutes)
Qualifying 1: 17.35 (20 minutes)
Qualifying 2: 18.10 (20 minutes)

Saturday 13 July
Race 1: 11.10 (35 minutes)
Race 2: 17.30 (35 minutes)

Sunday 14 July
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

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


TV

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.


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. Tweets will also be forthcoming through Felix's own Twitter account (@FRosenqvist).

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