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Felix endures tough Norisring qualifying

 Norisring (Germany) | Date: June 30th, 2012 | Weather: Warm and sunny

By Mattias Persson

Felix qualified a lowly 22nd and 21st respectively for this weekend's first and third races at the Norisring, after suffering from severe tyre locking under braking on the bumpy street circuit and losing out on a likely major improvement at the end of the session after encountering yellow flags.

Having lost important preparation time after being collected by Michael Lewis during free practice yesterday, Felix struggled for grip throughout qualifying and was unable to get his tyres up to temperature until the dying moments of the session (which was postponed until this morning after the track cracked up yesterday afternoon). 

On his very final lap, though, Felix improved his previous best time in the first sector alone by two and a half tenths and looked set to challenge for a spot within the top ten, but had to back off as Will Buller brought out the yellow flags following a spin on the exit of the Schöller S with just seconds to go.

Felix's outright best lap places him 21st on the grid for tomorrow's final race of the weekend, with his second-fastest effort good enough for 22nd overall ahead of Race 1 later this morning.

In a one-off for 2012, the Norisring F3 field features every single participant from all the major European Formula 3 championships; the Formula 3 Euro Series, FIA European F3 Championship and British F3 International Series. 25 out of the full 28 cars on site were covered by less than one second in a fiercely competitive session.

Race 1 begins at 11.50 local time, with Prema Powerteam's Raffaele Marciello on pole position.

"A very tough session for me. I find it difficult to get to grips with this circuit, and I struggled here last year as well - we knew it would be a challenge coming here. I'm 0.7s away from pole, and I'm outside the top 20; it's insanely close throughout the field, and very competitive at the moment. I struggled massively with getting the tyres up to temperature, and locked up all four wheels more or less going into every corner. With just a couple of minutes to go, I had just begun to get the tyres into the right window, and improved my time in sector one by 0.25s before encountering yellow flags two corners later. It was a shame, because I'm confident our true potential is at least three or four tenths better than this. We will try to make the most of the races ahead of us - even if we have to stay realistic - and hopefully we'll be able to salvage some points."

Results (top five) - outright times (Race 3 grid)
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Pos Name Team Time
1 Pascal Wehrlein Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes 49.100s


Raffaele Marciello Prema Powerteam-Mercedes


3 Will Buller Carlin-Volkswagen +0.138s


Daniel Juncadella Prema Powerteam-Mercedes



Pietro Fantin Carlin-Volkswagen



Felix Rosenqvist Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes


Results (top five) - second-fastest times (Race 1 grid)
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Pos Name Team Time
1 Raffaele Marciello Prema Powerteam-Mercedes 49.254s


Pascal Wehrlein Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes


3 Daniel Juncadella Prema Powerteam-Mercedes +0.019s


Will Buller Carlin-Volkswagen



Pietro Fantin Carlin-Volkswagen



Felix Rosenqvist Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes


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