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Felix ends up fourth in Race 1

Nürburgring (Germany) | Date: August 18th, 2012 | Weather: Sunny and warm

By Mattias Persson

A characteristically strong start saw Felix challenge pole-sitter Daniel Juncadella for the lead going into Turn 1 in the opening race of the weekend at the Nürburgring, only to fall back to fourth - his eventual finishing position - as he ran wide on the exit of the hairpin.

Felix's attack on Juncadella came from third on the grid, and even saw Felix momentarily leap ahead of his rival as they went side-by-side into the Turn 1 braking zone. After getting stuck on the outside of the field around the sharp right-hander, however, Felix had to see both Sven Müller and team-mate Pascal Wehrlein take advantage of the situation to pass the out-of-shape Mücke Motorsport machine under acceleration to Turn 2.

From there, the race effectively settled in, with Juncadella managing his lead over Müller throughout the event and across the line. Felix put Wehrlein under race-long pressure, never dropping to more than one second behind his team-mate, but overtaking proved impossible to conduct and Felix duly took the flag in fourth - 0.7 seconds shy of the podium.

In the second race later this afternoon - which only counts towards Formula 3 Euro Series and not to the FIA European F3 Championship - Felix will start from fifth on the grid. The 20-minute sprint is scheduled to begin at 15.25 local time.

"This race was decided in the first corner, and unfortunately, I was the loser. I made a perfect start and was almost able to steal the inside line from Daniel (Juncadella) into Turn 1, but it wasn't quite enough and instead I found myself locked on the outside.
With experience from the previous sessions this weekend, I really thought I braked well in time, but the brakes and tyres were probably not up to temperature and the car wouldn't stop at all as effectively as it usually does. I went too quickly into the corner, went wide and lost two places, and then there wasn't a lot I could do.

"The pace in the race was good, however, and it would have been interesting to see what we could have done if I hadn't got stuck behind Pascal - although he did drive very well today. We seem to have made up some ground on Prema Powerteam here, which is a positive, and now our focus is firmly set on Race 2 this afternoon."  

Results (top five)
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Pos Name Team Time
1 Daniel Juncadella Prema Powerteam-Mercedes 29 laps


Sven Müller Prema Powerteam-Mercedes


3 Pascal Wehrlein Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes +7.854s


Felix Rosenqvist Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes



Jazeman Jaafar Carlin-Volkswagen


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