Length: 5.901 km
FIA F3 European Championship lap record: first race
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Three weeks on from the opening round of the season at Monza, the FIA Formula 3 European Championship fraternity regroups at another tradition-steeped venue as racing recommences at Silverstone in the UK this weekend. Felix Rosenqvist heads into the event eager to make amends for a curtain-raiser that didn't go according to plan due to a qualifying mishap - but which still saw the Mücke Motorsport man bag a fourth-place finish as he produced a strong drive in appalling conditions in the second race of the weekend.
As the 30-car field prepares to do battle at one of the most challenging - and popular - circuits on the calendar, competition will be just as fierce as always; and for Felix, who has raced at Silverstone once before (in 2011), the target is clear as the 2012 Macau Grand Prix runner-up bids to improve on his current ninth place in the overall standings.
Flashback: the previous round
Video: Felix on the ups and downs of Monza
Press Release: Mixed emotions in Italy
Silverstone is a circuit of much variation, featuring everything from long straights to fast, flowing corners and slow, tight hairpins. The most challenging section of them all is probably the legendary Maggots/Becketts "S" sequence on the back of the circuit, which places both man and machine under extreme pressure in a series of direction changes at well over 200 km/h. Other notable parts of the track include the famous Copse - which, up until the 2010 redevelopment of the venue, used to be Turn 1 - and Stowe corners.
The Silverstone layout also promotes overtaking. The lap features a host of good opportunities for a faster driver to pass an opponent, but there are a couple of spots that stand out for anyone on the attack. The Village and Loop hairpins in the new Arena segment (Sector 1) mark golden opportunities to out-brake a slower driver, and the subsequent Brooklands/Luffield section also provides all the ingredients for a memorable move. Last but not least, Vale Corner towards the very end of the lap has been the scene of several spectacular battles over the years, as best illustrated by the famous Lewis Hamilton/Felipe Massa dice on the final lap of the 2011 British Grand Prix (see movie clip here).
For those who watched the Monza season-opener on TV - or were there in person - the 2013 rain quota may appear filled; but the weather Gods do not quite seem to agree. Friday activities at Silverstone look set to be threatened by precipitation just in time for the all-important qualifying session, but at least the rest of the weekend should prove relatively dry.
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"Silverstone is a great circuit; it has a lot of fast and flowing corners, and it's always a pleasure to race there. On the back of what happened at Monza, I'm also looking forward to get to a venue where the external factors - such as slipstreaming - are less decisive. Silverstone places more traditional demands on both the car and us drivers, and this weekend - provided the weather remains stable - is probably going to be more representative of where everyone actually stands; and that's why it's important for us to fight at the front. We had originally planned to do a test in Germany ahead of this weekend, but that had to be cancelled due to snow. Still, I'm feeling quite confident about our chances, and I hope that we'll now get through a normal weekend without any weather changes or incidents."
All times local (GMT+01:00)
Friday 12 April
Free Practice 1: 10.15 (40 minutes)
Free Practice 2: 11.00 (40 minutes)
Qualifying 1: 15.20 (20 minutes)
Qualifying 2: 15.55 (20 minutes)
Saturday 13 April
Race 1: 10.20 (35 minutes)
Race 2: 13.20 (35 minutes)
Sunday 14 April
Race 3: 09.15 (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.
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).