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Felix takes to the podium in Hockenheim Race 1

FORMULA 3 EURO SERIES / FIA EUROPEAN FORMULA 3 CHAMPIONSHIP
Venue:
Hockenheim (Germany) | Date: April 28th, 2012 | Weather: Sunny and warm

By Mattias Persson

Felix opened the 2012 Formula 3 Euro Series and FIA European F3 Championship campaign with a podium in the first race of the year at Hockenheim, initially leading the 25-lap event before having to settle for third behind Daniel Juncadella and Carlos Sainz Jr. after struggling for grip throughout a substantial part of the race.

Shooting off the line from second place on the grid and grabbing the lead into the first corner, Felix soon found himself embroiled in a highly entertaining battle for the lead with Juncadella and Sainz Jr. The latter got a good tow on Felix heading into the Spitzkehre hairpin on the opening lap and dived past his rival, but Felix produced a bold counter-attack to re-take the lead from the Red Bull-backed Carlin driver in the Mercedes Arena.

It soon became apparent that the set-up of Felix's Mücke Motorsport car did not provide him with what he needed to keep the Spanish duo at bay, however, as both Sainz Jr. and Juncadella - who had passed his countryman on lap two - used a top speed advantage to head off into the distance. Juncadella went on to win the race with Sainz Jr. second, while Felix eventually claimed third after holding off a challenge from the other Carlin car of Will Buller and Fortec's Hannes van Asseldonk.

The result means that Felix will start the reverse-grid Race 2 from sixth position later this afternoon, with Lucas Wolf in Pole Position.

QUOTE | FELIX
"I made a great start and was able to take the lead early on, and then I had a very nice and clean fight with Carlos in the opening laps. I soon realised that we simply didn't have the pace to match Daniel and Carlos in this race, though, and we are trying to understand exactly what we are missing. We seem to be lacking a bit of top speed and the tyres wore down a little bit harder than we expected. There really wasn't a lot I could do to defend. A podium is always tough to achieve, of course, and considering where we are this weekend it was a decent result. However, we want to challenge for even better positions and will continue to work harder than ever to be in slightly better shape for the next race."    


Results
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Pos Name Team Time
1 Daniel Juncadella Prema Powerteam-Mercedes 25 laps 

2

Carlos Sainz Jr. Carlin-Volkswagen

+3.683s

3 Felix Rosenqvist Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes +16.936s

4

Will Buller Carlin-Volkswagen

+18.029s

5

Hannes van Asseldonk Fortec-Mercedes

+19.460s

6 Raffaele Marciello Prema Powerteam-Mercedes +22.090s

7

Tom Blomqvist ma-con Motorsport-Volkswagen

+40.311s

8

Lucas Wolf URD Rennsport-Mercedes

+41.753s

9

Michael Lewis Prema Powerteam-Mercedes

+42.312s

10

Alex Lynn Fortec-Mercedes

+44.202s

11

Emil Bernstorff ma-con Motorsport-Volkswagen

+1:02.193s

12

Sandro Zeller Jo Zeller Racing-Mercedes

+1:03.566s

13

Luis Sá Silva Racing For Angola-Mercedes

+1:04.307s

14

Philip Ellis GU Racing-Mercedes

+1:10.788s

15

Sven Müller Prema Powerteam-Mercedes

+1:27.630s

16

Pascal Wehrlein Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes

DNF

17

Felix Serralles Fortec-Mercedes

DNF

18

Andrea Roda Jo Zeller Racing-Mercedes

DNF






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