Felix got his first taste of a World Series by Renault car on Wednesday, as he travelled straight from the Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix to Spain’s Motorland Aragón for a day of official testing.
Felix was given the opportunity as part of the prize package for his performances in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship this year, and worked his way through a largely trouble-free day of running with Czech outfit ISR.
World Series by Renault is currently considered to be the ultimate springboard to Formula 1, with 2013 champion Kevin Magnussen being the most recent graduate having just signed a deal to race with McLaren in 2014. Aerodynamically, the cars are ultra-sophisticated, while braking performance and engine output of about 530 bhp combine to make it one of the fastest machines on earth.
A total of 27 drivers were on track during the day in Spain, with Felix setting the 16th fastest lap – 1.8 seconds adrift of chart-topping FIA Formula 3 European Championship title rival Raffaele Marciello (who also participated in last month’s official post-season test in Barcelona).
“A good and valuable experience,” Felix said as he reflected on the day. “The WSR car is pretty big and heavy compared to F3, but the driving style required is more or less the same. The brakes are extremely impressive and I would love to drive this car again. I went here basically to see and learn and rack up some mileage, and that’s what I did.
“As far as lap times are concerned, I’m happy with my performance on my first day of running. I’m certain I could have gone a lot quicker – probably in excess of one second – if I’d not flat-spotted my tyres at the start of a late run, but that really doesn’t matter on a day like this. Big thanks to Renault Sport and to the FIA Formula 3 European Championship organisers for giving me this opportunity!”