FIA Formula 3 European Championship | Round 10
Venue: Hockenheim (Germany) | Date: 19 October 2013 | Weather: Warm and sunny
By Mattias Persson
Felix won the first FIA Formula 3 European Championship race of the weekend at Hockenheim in emphatic fashion, claiming his ninth series win of the season to keep up the pressure on Raffaele Marciello in the fight for the title.
Starting from second on the grid alongside Marciello, Felix out-dragged the Italian on the run to Turn 1 - and would never again be headed. After keeping Marciello at bay over the opening laps, Felix gradually began to pull away, eventually winning by almost six seconds to celebrate his fifth top-level F3 triumph at Hockenheim.
To underline his pace, Felix also posted the fastest lap of the event, his 1m34.050s best a full two tenths quicker than anyone else could manage.
Marciello would remain second throughout the race, allowing Felix to reduce the deficit in the standings from 45.5 to 38.5 points. Going into the second race this afternoon, Felix has to make up at least 14 points on Marciello to remain with a shot at the title in tomorrow's Race 3 finale. To provide a mathematical example of the permutations, a Race 2 win from Felix would require Marciello to finish no higher than fifth.
Race 2 gets underway at 17.05 this afternoon, with Felix set to start from pole position. Marciello will join him on the front row.
QUOTE | FELIX
"First and foremost, I have to thank the team for giving me a perfect car today. The feeling behind the wheel was very, very good, and I think we've really hit the sweet spot with our set-up after qualifying.
"I made a good start, slightly better than Raffaele, and managed to get him into Turn 1. He stayed close behind on the opening few laps - particularly in sector two, where he could use my slipstream - but once I'd broken free from that, it was all relatively straightforward.
"Again, the car was really good today, and I was able to do 1m34s laps all through the final half of the race - most of them within the same one or two tenths. It gives me a lot of confidence going into the second race this afternoon and, starting from pole position, there can only be one goal."
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