Felix initially gained one place off the line to run seventh halfway around the opening lap, but then lost out in a flurry of position changes while twice making contact with rivals to find himself in tenth when things had settled in.
From there, both Felix and Mücke Motorsport team-mate Pascal Wehrlein – who were both running old tyres in the less valuable 20-minute event - encountered problems in switching on their Hankook rubber as they would have wanted to, and were unable to make considerable progress; although they did both muscle past Prema Powerteam’s Michael Lewis before the end.
Felix’s ninth place gave him two very valuable points after guest entrants Lucas Auer (fourth) and Luis Derani (seventh) had been removed from the list. Felix will go into tomorrow’s season-ending Race 3 in fourth place in the Formula 3 Euro Series standings, 24 points behind second-placed Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) and 23.5 behind third-placed Wehrlein. In order to overhaul either of his rivals, Felix has to win the race while Marciello and Wehrlein, in practice, fail to score.
In the FIA European F3 Championship standings, Felix is locked in a tight scrap for third overall, a position he currently holds just four points ahead of Wehrlein and six in front of Carlos Sainz Jr. (Carlin).
Felix will start Race 3 from pole position.
COMMENT | FELIX
"I didn't have the same confidence in the car as I did this morning, and I think it was partly to do with us running old tyres and partly with the way we warmed them up. I lost momentum and track position when Derani dived past me on lap one in quite an uncontrolled way, but then I managed to overtake Lewis to at least finish ninth. Not a great race for us, but we know that our true pace in clear air is much better than this - I went a second quicker in Race 1 - and we will be aiming to end the season on a high with another win tomorrow!"