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Felix takes fourth in Nürburgring free practice

Nürburgring (Germany) | Date: August 17th, 2012 | Weather: Sunny and warm

By Mattias Persson

Felix wound up with the fourth fastest time in Friday free practice for this weekend's Formula 3 Euro Series and FIA European F3 Championship races at the Nürburgring, in a closely-fought session that saw the top 11 drivers covered by less than half a second.

The majority of the best times were set towards the end of the divided session, which featured two 50-minute sets of running split by a five-minute break. Felix was right on the pace from the word go, topping the charts during the initial 25 minutes of action before slipping down to fourth by the end of the opening segment of practice.

The second half of running again saw Felix in the mix for top spot, which he held on to with the help of a 1m23.4s effort with just minutes to go. Formula 3 returnee Alexander Sims, however - who is part of the McLaren GT programme in 2012 - eventually came out on top of a very close scrap at the fall of the chequered flag to post a 1m23.119s best. Felix improved to 1m23.355 on his penultimate lap, which put him right behind Prema Powerteam duo Daniel Juncadella and Raffaele Marciello.

Felix's Mücke Motorsport team-mate Pascal Wehrlein ended up ninth overall, but with two thirds of the field separated by less than half a second, the outcome of qualifying this afternoon will be very hard for anyone to predict.

"A good start to the weekend, and it feels as though last week's test at EuroSpeedway Lausitz might have brought dividends - even though it's still early days. The car is OK, but a bit on the edge at the moment, which makes it difficult to get a complete lap together. All my best sector times are spread out across the session, but our pace if we put them together is just as good as Sims' up front. For qualifying, we will have to try and make the car more consistent on the limit." 

Results (top five)
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Pos Name Team Time
1 Alexander Sims Threebond with T-Sport-Nissan 1m23.119s


Daniel Juncadella Prema Powerteam-Mercedes


3 Raffaele Marciello Prema Powerteam-Mercedes +0.037s


Felix Rosenqvist Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes



Sven Müller Prema Powerteam-Mercedes


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