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Felix salvages points with eighth in rain-hit Race 1

FIA Formula 3 European Championship | Round 3
Hockenheim (Germany) | Date: 4 May 2013 | Weather: Rain

By Mattias Persson

Felix survived some challenging conditions when he came home in eighth place in a rain-drenched opening race of the weekend at Hockenheim, salvaging four points as he improved from 12th on the grid following the qualifying woes of yesterday.

Felix made a good start to immediately haul himself into the top ten – even though his getaway was hampered by a slow-starting Daniil Kvyat. Felix was forced to take avoiding action to evade the Russian’s Carlin car, but still managed to make up a couple of positions off the line.

After surviving a spectacular slide into the Spitzkehre halfway through the race, Felix then crossed the line right on the tail of Lucas Auer (Prema Powerteam), who had started the event from third but spun at the first corner.

The race was won by Raffaele Marciello, who continues to head the overall standings ahead of Felix going into this afternoon’s second race.

"I made a good start, but lost momentum when I had to avoid Kvyat's car - which was obviously a shame. The pace was strong at the beginning of the race and I felt quite a lot faster than the guys in front, but then it dropped off towards the end and I couldn't make any further progress.

"Still, eighth is a decent place to finish from 12th on the grid, but we're obviously aiming for bigger things. You need to be up there in qualifying, and the traffic I encountered yesterday made life difficult this morning. We have a slightly better slot on the grid - tenth - this afternoon, and we'll see what we can do from there."

Results (top five)

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Pos Name Team Time
1 Raffaele Marciello Prema Powerteam-Mercedes 19 laps


Felix Serralles Fortec Motorsport-Mercedes


3 Tom Blomqvist EuroInternational-Mercedes +15.719s


Sven Müller ma-con Motorsport-Volkswagen



Harry Tincknell Carlin-Volkswagen



Felix Rosenqvist Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes


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