FIA Formula 3 European Championship | Round 10
Venue: Hockenheim (Germany) | Date: 19 October 2013 | Weather: Sunny
By Mattias Persson
Felix produced yet another uncompromising drive to back up his Race 1 triumph with another win at Hockenheim this afternoon, beating a full house of three Prema Powerteam cars to victory – although Raffaele Marciello secured the title by finishing fourth.
Felix controlled the race from lights to flag, using his pole position grid slot to the best possible effect on his way to his tenth series win of the season.
Another fastest lap - this time by the comfortable margin of three tenths over the rest of the pack - marked a fitting underscore to a day on which Felix has brought home the maximum points on offer, but still had to see Marciello claim the title.
The Italian started alongside Felix on the front row, but slipped back to third as Prema team-mate Alex Lynn out-dragged him into Turn 1. Later in the race, another Prema colleague - Lucas Auer - overtook for third, but fourth at the chequered flag was enough to hand Marciello the crown.
Despite one race remaining this season - tomorrow's Race 3 - the order at the top of the championship standings is now fixed. Felix ends up second, right in the midst of the Prema crew who take first, third and fourth overall. The second-best non-Prema runner is Harry Tincknell (Carlin), who takes fifth.
The final race of the weekend gets underway at 11.00 local time tomorrow, with Felix on the front row once again.
QUOTE | FELIX
"There are obviously mixed emotions right now, although - when you think about it hard - we have done everything we could today. It's impossible to demand more than two wins from two races, and it feels very good to have proven to everyone that we're the fastest package on track this weekend - that's extra valuable on a day like this one.
"While I'm obviously a bit disappointed, this weekend is not where we lost out in the race for the title. We did so through a couple of less great rounds - and a particularly tough one at Vallelunga last weekend. You can always look back and wish you'd done this or that differently, but at the end of the day, it's to no help. I have finished second in a championship which is undoubtedly the strongest I've ever been in, and that's obviously a great achievement; it will probably just take a few days to realize it.
"The race itself unfolded pretty much in the same way as the first one. I made a good start, grabbed the lead, and opened up a lap - and we were competitive throughout. I did have some problems with locking towards the end, and the car didn't feel quite as comfortable as in the first race, but it was still enough to win and we have to be happy with our performance.
"Last but not least, of course, big congratulations to "Lello". He has been a great rival, and he is a well-deserved champion. It's been a pleasure fighting with him, and we've both become better drivers this year. Now, I really want to cap this weekend off with another win tomorrow - that would be the perfect way to end this campaign. I will be going flat out, as ever."
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