Length: 3.629 km
F3 lap record: 1m22.744s (Lewis Hamilton, 2005)
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Just over a month ago, Felix Rosenqvist rounded off a weekend of emotional ups and downs by claiming his sixth win of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship campaign with a forceful drive around the barrier-lined confines of the Norisring. Capitalising on a strong qualifying showing which netted him a pole position, Felix used two second places and one victory to further reduce the gap to overall series leader Raffaele Marciello - setting the stage for another thrilling round of the championship as the title race resumes at the Nürburgring this weekend.
As the 30-car field heads to the famous Grand Prix venue in southern Germany, Felix sits 24.5 points adrift of Marciello; the equivalent of less than just a single race win (25 points). With three races pencilled in for this weekend alone, and another nine set to follow across the three remaining rounds on the calendar, there is still a long way to go before the European Championship crown is handed out - but make no mistake; things are certainly starting to heat up...
Behind Felix in the standings, in third and fourth overall, are Alex Lynn and Lucas Auer - two of Marciello's Prema Powerteam stable mates. While the gap to the chasing duo has grown ever larger as the season has progressed, the extreme competitiveness of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship - labelled by many as the toughest single-seater series on the junior arena - ensures no room for complacency. As such, Felix and Mücke Motorsport are well aware that no stone can be left unturned as they travel to the Eifel Mountains seeking to maintain their recent race-winning momentum.
Flashback: the previous round
FIA Formula 3 European Championship: Norisring
Press Release: Felix Rosenqvist keeps cool to win again in Nuremberg
Video: Felix reviews emotional Norisring weekend
Video: FIA Formula 3 European Championship - Round 6 - review
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 remains 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 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.
The Nürburgring is infamous for its changeable conditions; the Eifel weather simply cannot be trusted. Forecasts for the weekend ahead speak mostly of sunshine and a temperature span of between 20-30 degrees Celsius (with a risk of rain on Sunday), but don't be surprised if the weather throws up the unexpected. It wouldn't be a first...
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"The Nürburgring is, and always has been, one of my favourite circuits. It feels like an eternity since our last race at the Norisring, and I’m extremely motivated to get back behind the wheel. Considering the results we’ve had so far this year – and our strong form at the Norisring, where I probably didn’t expect to have quite such good pace – I think we are well-placed to fight at the front of the field again this weekend. To add to that, I also currently feel very strong from a physical point of view, and I go into this event on the back of some good days of training back home in Sweden. As always, fighting for victories and podiums in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship will take massive amounts of hard work, but my clear target has got to be to continue to close the gap on Raffaele in the standings."
All times local (GMT+02:00)
Friday 16 August
Free Practice 1: 12.50 (40 minutes)
Free Practice 2: 13.35 (40 minutes)
Qualifying 1: 17.30 (20 minutes)
Qualifying 2: 18.05 (20 minutes)
Saturday 17 August
Race 1: 11.10 (35 minutes)
Race 2: 18.20 (35 minutes)
Sunday 18 August
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).