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Felix opens 2013 points account with fourth in rain-hit Race 2

FIA Formula 3 European Championship | Round 1
Venue:
Autodromo Nazionale Monza (Italy) | Date: 24 March 2013 | Weather: Rain

By Mattias Persson

Felix scored his first points of 2013 when he finished fourth in the second race of the weekend at Monza, in an event which had to be started behind the safety car due to appalling weather conditions.

Felix's grid slot of seventh saw him face the challenge of trying to make headway through the field in massive spray, and that soon proved to be exactly the case once the safety car veered into the pitlane and racing got underway.

Felix managed to stay out of trouble, however, as he mastered the tricky conditions to overtake Britons Alex Lynn and Harry Tincknell to come home fourth by the chequered flag. Felix posted the third-fastest lap of the race, with just lead duo Pascal Wehrlein and Raffaele Marciello - who both had stints up front with clear visibility - posting quicker efforts. 

The race ended in similar fashion to how it started - behind the safety car - after fellow Swede Måns Grenhagen (Van Amersfoort Racing) suffered a massive accident at the first chicane when he careered into the back of Jordan King (Carlin) and then launched over Will Buller's T-Sport-Nissan. Grenhagen somersaulted to a halt with severe damage to his car.

The final race of the weekend takes place this afternoon, with Felix set to start from 12th on the grid as a result of his less-than-perfect qualifying outing on Friday. With intense rain set to remain a factor at Monza, Felix will have his work cut out in a cloud of spray, but will certainly be hoping to leave Italy with further points to his tally. 

QUOTE | FELIX
"Those were some of the worst conditions I've ever experienced, but I actually felt very comfortable in the car - and it's great to open up my points account for 2013. It's impossible to describe just how poor the visibility is when you're running behind another car, but I think we got everything we could have hoped for in this race considering our starting position. The pace was good and I was closing in on Tom (Blomqvist) once I'd passed Tincknell, and I think I would have been on the podium if it hadn't been for the safety car. Now there's one more race to go, and although it will be very tough to repeat this result from 12th on the grid, I will obviously do my best to minimise the damage caused by our qualifying slump."



Results (top five)

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Pos Name Team Time
1 Pascal Wehrlein Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes 14 laps

2

Raffaele Marciello Prema Powerteam-Mercedes

+2.569s

3 Tom Blomqvist Eurointernational-Mercedes +3.018s

4

Felix Rosenqvist Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes

+5.160s

5

Harry Tincknell Carlin-Volkswagen

+6.964s







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