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Solid start for Felix as free practice gets Hockenheim action underway

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

By Mattias Persson

Felix enjoyed a trouble-free start to proceedings as the third round of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship kicked off with two 40-minute practice sessions at Hockenheim on Friday afternoon.

Having won at the German venue three times, and being the current holder of the all-time F3 lap record, Felix proved that his form around Hockenheim remained strong by going second-fastest in the opening segment of practice, just behind championship rival Raffaele Marciello.

The outright quickest efforts were set in the final part of running as the track continued to rubber in, although Felix never got the chance to improve on his previous time due to a series of untimely yellow flags that forced him to abandon his flyers.

As it was, Marciello wound up fastest overall on a 1m33.941s, while Felix took sixth place thanks to a 1m34.298s. Michael Lewis ended up as the second-fastest Mücke Motorsport man, 0.3s adrift of Felix.

Qualifying for this weekend's trio of races takes place later this evening.

"An OK start to the weekend. The balance of the car is still not quite where we want it to be, but we're making progress. The second part of practice was fairly unrepresentative due to all the yellow flags, but I think the pace is there or thereabouts. It will be vital to maximise our potential in qualifying this evening, but if we manage to do that, we should be able to mix it up front."

Results (top five)

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Pos Name Team Time
1 Raffaele Marciello Prema Powerteam-Mercedes 1m33.941s


Daniil Kvyat Carlin-Volkswagen


3 Jordan King Carlin-Volkswagen +0.100s


Sven Müller ma-con Motorsport-Volkswagen



Lucas Auer  Prema Powerteam-Mercedes  



Felix Rosenqvist Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes


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