FIA Formula 3 European Championship | Round 7
Venue: Nürburgring (Germany) | Date: 18 August 2013 | Weather: Cloudy
By Mattias Persson
Felix concluded the FIA Formula 3 European Championship weekend at the Nürburgring by coming home fifth in the final race of the meeting on Sunday morning.
Starting from third on the grid, Felix got away well off the line and immediately challenged Lucas Auer for second place going into the first sequence of corners. As he chose a wide line on the entry to Turn 2 in order to set himself up better for the overtaking spot of Turn 3, however, Felix was left vulnerable to the chasing Luis Derani, who used the opportunity to good effect and swept past and into third.
Initially struggling to get his set of four old tyres up to temperature, Felix had to see Harry Tincknell follow suit and dive past at Turn 4 on the following lap, leaving Felix in fifth as the race began to settle in.
From there, Felix picked up his pace to start putting Tincknell under severe pressure - racing side-by-side with the Englishman several times as he attempted to get past. In the end, he lost out on fourth by three tenths of a second, taking the chequered flag in fifth to conclude what can best be described as a challenging weekend.
Raffaele Marciello won the race from pole position, further extending his advantage at the top of the standings. With 225 points still up for grabs this season, however, the battle is certain to rage on as the series resumes at Zandvoort next month.
QUOTE | FELIX
"Not the best race of my career - I'm disappointed. I made a slightly better start than the Prema guys in front of me, and wanted to take a wide line into Turn 2 to try and set up a move on Lucas (Auer) into Turn 3. It turned out to be a bit too clever, and I lost a place to Luis (Derani) instead.
"I then struggled for pace on the opening laps - I had no grip at all - and when Harry made his move, I just couldn't do anything about it. Once the tyres had got up to temperature, I was much faster than Harry, but couldn't find a way past no matter how I tried. A challenging weekend for me, but I'm already looking forward to Zandvoort and I'm convinced we'll be able to do a better job there."
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