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Felix leads Prema trio to top Spielberg free practice

Red Bull Ring (Austria) | Date: June 1st, 2012 | Weather: Overcast, 20 degrees Celsius

By Mattias Persson

Felix got the Formula 3 Euro Series and FIA European F3 Championship weekend at the Red Bull Ring off to a perfect start by topping the times in Friday morning free practice at the Austrian venue.

Felix was a feature at the top of the timesheets throughout most of the session, and eventually banged in a 1m26.408s lap to put first place beyond reach of his rivals. Behind the Mücke Motorsport driver, a trio of cars from championship leaders Prema Powerteam followed at close proximity, headed by Sven Müller who lapped the 4.326 km circuit 0.044s slower than Felix. Raffaele Marciello was third ahead of Daniel Juncadella, while ma-con Motorsport's Tom Blomqvist rounded out the top five.

Felix's team-mate, Pascal Wehrlein, was 12th with a 1m27.419s best.

The outcome of free practice - where 11 drivers were covered by a mere 0.9 seconds - suggests that this afternoon's all-important qualifying session will be ultra-competitive. Qualifying begins at 17.05 local time.

"A good start to the weekend, but this doesn't automatically mean that we've suddenly found the sweet spot and will be this strong throughout the rest of the weekend. We know that Prema Powerteam will continue to be fast, but we focussed entirely on our own programme in practice and we were able to come to some interesting conclusions. I had a very good feeling on new tyres, but wasn't quite as comfortable on old ones. It's always fun to be the fastest, but we have to work hard ahead of qualifying and make sure to get a perfect lap in - that will be absolutely necessary."   

Results (top five)
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Pos Name Team Time
1 Felix Rosenqvist Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes 1m26.408s


Sven Müller Prema Powerteam-Mercedes


3 Raffaele Marciello Prema Powerteam-Mercedes +0.133s


Daniel Juncadella Prema Powerteam-Mercedes



Tom Blomqvist ma-con Motorsport-Volkswagen


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