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Felix salvages points with fightback drive in Nürburgring Race 2

FIA Formula 3 European Championship | Round 7
Venue:
Nürburgring (Germany) | Date: 17 August 2013 | Weather: Sunny and warm

By Mattias Persson

Felix put in an entertaining drive to fight his way back into the points in the second race of the weekend at the Nürburgring, having initially dropped to the back of the field after stalling at the start of the 25-lap event.

In a frustrating development, Felix had to see his front-row grid slot translate into nothing as the lights went out, as the engine in his Mücke Motorsport-Dallara bogged down and left him in 25th place going into the first corner.

With nothing to lose, Felix set about trying to regain some of the lost ground. After a series of bold and committed overtaking moves - which included passes on the likes of Red Bull juniors Daniil Kvyat and Tom Blomqvist, as well as all three of his Mücke Motorsport team-mates and Carlin's Harry Tincknell (on the very last lap) - Felix eventually came home in ninth place to salvage two potentially crucial championship points.

At the front, title rival Raffaele Marciello repeated his morning win to triumph again in Race 2, further extending his lead in the championship. With one more race to go this weekend, however - and a full three further rounds to contest this year - there is still everything to play for.

To underline his pace as he fought his way back up through the field, Felix set the fastest lap of the race.

Race 3, the final event of the Nürburgring weekend, takes place tomorrow morning. 


QUOTE | FELIX

"A fun race to drive, but unfortunately not with the sort of outcome I was hoping for going into it. I simply stalled at the start and had to re-fire the car, and at that stage, points were a long way off. We will analyse why it happened; it might have been my own mistake, but the clutch has been feeling a bit weird today and I almost stalled this morning too. It was a shame, but the best thing we can do is to learn from it and make sure we turn up stronger for the next race.

"We made another step forward with the car for this evening, as our fastest lap indicates, and I think we are now able to run at the same pace as the other frontrunners - albeit slightly late for this weekend to be a brilliant one. It was great fun to be able to do so much overtaking around here - you can tell that the quality of the drivers remains high further down the field as well - and this was a very entertaining race. The weather forecasts speak of rain tomorrow, and it will be interesting to see what we can do if that does materialise."


Results (top five)

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Pos Name Team Time
1 Raffaele Marciello Prema Powerteam-Mercedes 25 laps

2

Luis Derani Fortec-Mercedes

+5.466s

3 Alexander Sims ThreeBond with T-Sport-Nissan +6.159s

4

Jordan King Carlin-Volkswagen

+6.841s

5

Lucas Auer Prema Powerteam-Mercedes

+9.159s

9

Felix Rosenqvist Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes

+17.272s







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