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Felix opens Nürburgring weekend with eighth in free practice

FIA Formula 3 European Championship | Round 7
Venue:
Nürburgring (Germany) | Date: 16 August 2013 | Weather: Sunny and warm

By Mattias Persson

Felix opened FIA Formula 3 European Championship proceedings at the Nürburgring by going eighth fastest in Friday free practice at the Eifel venue.

Under clear blue skies, the F3 fraternity was eager to get things back underway as the series regrouped after the five-week break that followed the previous round at the Norisring.

Felix finished the first half of practice in sixth place, half a second adrift of pace-setter and championship rival Raffaele Marciello - who would later go on to also top the following part of the session. Felix eventually wound up in eighth overall, 0.472s behind Marciello, after experiencing problems under braking as he began to push his Mücke Motorsport machine to its limits.

The session ran without incident, and with two thirds of the field separated by less than a second around the 3.629 km lap, the stage is set for another highly competitive weekend of FIA Formula 3 European Championship racing.

Next up today are the all-important qualifying sessions, which are set to commence at 17.30 local time this afternoon.


QUOTE | FELIX

"Not quite the start we were hoping for, to be honest. We are lacking some performance under braking and it's difficult to get the car into the corners in an efficient way. We have some theories as to why that is, however, and we will be working as hard as ever to try and find those vital tenths for qualifying. It's close, as always, and with a slight improvement on the brakes, we should be there or thereabouts."


Results (top five)

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Pos Name Team Time
1 Raffaele Marciello Prema Powerteam-Mercedes 1m22.788s

2

Sven Müller ma-con Motorsport-Volkswagen

+0.122s

3 Alexander Sims ThreeBond with T-Sport-Nissan +0.131s

4

Lucas Auer Prema Powerteam-Mercedes

+0.148s

5

Jordan King Carlin-Volkswagen

+0.190s

8

Felix Rosenqvist Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes

+0.472s







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