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Felix goes fifth in second Pau practice as Juncadella crashes

FIA EUROPEAN FORMULA 3 CHAMPIONSHIP
Venue:
Pau (France) | Date: May 11th, 2012 | Weather: Sunny and warm

By Mattias Persson

Felix went fifth fastest overall and second quickest in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship rankings in the second free practice session at Pau on Friday afternoon, as the top five were covered by just over three tenths of a second.

While Felix continued to acclimatise to the demanding street circuit - and to the intense heat wave that has hit southern France this weekend - Carlin's Harry Tincknell endured a more challenging start to the session. The Briton crashed his Dallara after having completed just five laps, and was forced to watch the rest of practice from the sidelines.

Another to hit trouble was European Championship points' leader Daniel Juncadella. The Spaniard found himself caught out at Virage Foch, and destroyed his Prema Powerteam machine as he clattered the wall on the exit of the corner with ten minutes left on the clock. Juncadella, who went fastest in opening free practice, had to make do with eighth in the afternoon - 0.643s behind Jazeman Jaafar's chart-topping performance for Carlin. Jaafar's 1m11.784s effort was almost one second quicker than what Juncadella managed this morning.

Felix posted his best time as early on as the 14th of his 23 laps, after being unable to improve as the field went out for a flurry of new-tyre laps at the end of the session. Despite not making use of the extra grip potentially provided by the new rubber, Felix wound up fifth overall, just over 0.3s behind Jaafar (who is one of the drivers representing the British F3 Series) and less than two tenths adrift of FIA European Formula 3 Championship pace-setter Carlos Sainz Jr.

Qualifying - which, as we have reported, will see drivers being split into two groups to reduce the risk of traffic around the short circuit - will take place at 09.25 local time tomorrow morning.

QUOTE | FELIX
"I'm getting more and more comfortable with the track with every lap I complete, and I'm beginning to understand what it takes to be quick around here. We have good pace in all the sectors, but we will need to put them all together on one single lap if we are to challenge for the front in qualifying tomorrow. The fact that we didn't improve on new tyres is both positive and negative; on the one hand, it means we should have some more time to find, but on the other hand, we are giving away a bit of performance. We will analyse why that is this evening, but I had quite severe understeer and I think the behaviour of the tyres might well have to do with the heat we experienced today."


Results

Pos Name Team Time
1 Jazeman Jaafar Carlin-Volkswagen 1m11.784s

2

Carlos Sainz Jr. Carlin-Volkswagen

+0.142s

3 Alex Lynn Fortec-Mercedes +0.182s

4

Jack Harvey Carlin-Volkswagen

+0.311s

5

Felix Rosenqvist Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes

+0.321s

6 Pascal Wehrlein Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes +0.410s

7

Raffaele Marciello Prema Powerteam-Mercedes

+0.557s

8

Daniel Juncadella Prema Powerteam-Mercedes

+0.643s

9

Hannes van Asseldonk

Fortec-Mercedes

+0.905s

10

Felix Serralles Fortec-Mercedes

+0.913s

11

Harry Tincknell

Carlin-Volkswagen

+1.133s

12

Sven Müller Prema Powerteam-Mercedes

+1.157s

13

Luis Derani

Fortec-Mercedes

+1.256s

14

Fahmi Ilyas

Double R-Mercedes

+1.357s

15

Michael Lewis Prema Powerteam-Mercedes

+1.358s

16

Pietro Fantin

Carlin-Volkswagen

+1.402s

17

Emil Bernstorff ma-con Motorsport-Volkswagen

+1.462s

18

Andrea Roda

Jo Zeller Racing-Mercedes

+1.689s

19

Nick McBride

Three Bond with T-Sport-Nissan

+1.784s

20

Tom Blomqvist

ma-con Motorsport-Volkswagen

+2.329s

21

Geoff Uhrhane

Double R-Mercedes

+2.385s

22

Sandro Zeller

Jo Zeller Racing-Mercedes

+2.437s

23

Duvashen Padayashee

Double R-Mugen Honda

+3.496s

24

Richard Goddard

T-Sport-Honda

+4.036s






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