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Strong qualifying showing hands Felix trio of top three grid slots

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

By Mattias Persson

Felix will start all three of this weekend's FIA Formula 3 European Championship races from the front two rows of the grid, after qualifying third, second and third respectively to set himself up strongly for the rest of the Nürburgring meeting.

Felix was a regular feature at the top of the timesheets throughout both qualifying sessions, and eventually wound up third on the grid for tomorrow's opening race - just fractions behind experienced single-seater Briton Alexander Sims. Pole position, however, went to Felix's main championship nemesis Raffaele Marciello - on a day when the Prema Powerteam man would go on to impressively bag all three poles on offer.

On second-fastest times, which determine the grid for Saturday's Race 2, Felix edged closer to Marciello's benchmark - ensuring himself a spot on the front row alongside his Ferrari-backed title rival. 

In Qualifying 2, which sets up the grid for Race 3, Felix was on the verge of finally out-pacing Marciello thanks to a last-gasp attack on his final flying lap. Going faster than Marciello through the second sector - and three tenths faster than he managed on what eventually had to make do as his fastest effort - a lock-up at the NGK chicane spoiled his assault and handed him P3 on the Sunday grid.

Felix's theoretical best time in the session was a 1m22.2s.

To pour salt in the wounds, Marciello's team-mate Lucas Auer swept ahead and into second by just 0.002s on his final attempt.

Race 1 gets underway at 11.10 tomorrow morning.


QUOTE | FELIX

"To qualify inside the top three for all three races sets us up strongly for the rest of this weekend, but I still can't help but feel slightly disappointed. Raffaele obviously did a very good job today, but I think I had the outright pace to actually challenge for pole if I'd got everything together. In the second session in particular, I was three tenths up through the second sector on my final flying lap, but made a mistake at the chicane and was unable to improve.

"The first session wasn't great - I couldn't quite get the tyres up to temperature - so I'm happy with third and second there. The team did a great job after practice to set the car up more to my liking, and I think we will be strong in the races. All-in-all, a good day at work, but it's just a bit of a shame that my main championship rival had en even better one. Everything can happen and I will be doing my best to try and bring home some strong results again this weekend."


Results - Q1 (top five) | Grid for Race 1

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Pos Name Team Time
1 Raffaele Marciello Prema Powerteam-Mercedes 1m22.821s

2

Alexander Sims ThreeBond with T-Sport

+0.279s

3 Felix Rosenqvist Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes +0.302s

4

Jordan King Carlin-Volkswagen

+0.370s

5

Luis Derani Fortec Motorsport-Mercedes

+0.395s


Results - Q1 - second-fastest times (top five) | Grid for Race 2

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Pos Name Team Time
1 Raffaele Marciello Prema Powerteam-Mercedes 1m23.039s

2

Felix Rosenqvist Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes

+0.168s

3 Luis Derani Fortec Motorsport-Mercedes +0.275s

4

Alexander Sims ThreeBond with T-Sport

+0.331s

5

Jordan King Carlin-Volkswagen

+0.343s


Results - Q2 (top five) | Grid for Race 3

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Pos Name Team Time
1 Raffaele Marciello Prema Powerteam-Mercedes 1m22.416s

2

Lucas Auer Prema Powerteam-Mercedes

+0.269s

3 Felix Rosenqvist Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes +0.271s

4

Jordan King Carlin-Volkswagen

+0.359s

5

Luis Derani Fortec Motorsport-Mercedes

+0.456s






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