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Felix takes Hockenheim Race 3 win!

FIA Formula 3 European Championship | Round 3
Hockenheim (Germany) | Date: 5 May 2013 | Weather: Cloudy

By Mattias Persson

Felix bounced back from a challenging Saturday to claim his second victory of the year in emphatic fashion in the final FIA Formula 3 European Championship race of the weekend at Hockenheim.

A sensational start from fourth on the grid catapulted Felix into an early lead, which he then set about defending from Jordan King (Carlin) and Felix Serralles (Fortec) who could use a straightline speed advantage to eat into the cushion Felix managed to build in the technical sector three on each of the opening laps.

A safety car period then eroded Felix's lead completely - and once the racing got back underway, he immediately came under fire. A strong restart, however, just gave him the gap he needed to remain in front of his rivals, although King nipped past momentarily before Felix fought back just a corner later.

From there, he was never challenged, and eventually crossed the line 4.8 seconds ahead of Serralles to cement his second place in the overall standings.

"A really great way to end the weekend! I got a fantastic start and managed to grab the lead into Turn 1, but I knew we were lacking a bit of top speed and that I needed to build a gap in the first few corners in order to defend my lead on the back straight. It just worked out on the opening lap, and then I started to open up a slight, slight gap just before the safety car came out - and that was the next challenge I had to overcome.

"Again, I had to make sure no one got into my slipstream after the restart, and that worked out well. I managed to fight back ahead of King after he passed me briefly into the Mercedes Arena, and then our car really came good and I managed to pull away. The balance of the car felt good, but we haven't had the very outright pace this weekend - at least not until now - and this was a race in which I had to make absolutely no mistakes. It feels great to have won for the second time this year!" 

Results (top five)

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Pos Name Team Time
1 Felix Rosenqvist Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes 21 laps


Felix Serralles Fortec Motorsports-Mercedes


3 Daniil Kvyat Carlin-Volkswagen +5.340s


Raffaele Marciello Prema Powerteam-Mercedes



Jordan King Carlin-Volkswagen


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