Felix Rosenqvist carried his good form from the Formula 3 Euro Series curtain-raiser in France into the second round of the championship, as he claimed another podium at Hockenheim this weekend. The 19-year-old opened proceedings at the German Grand Prix venue by finishing fifth in the opening two races of the weekend, before putting last year’s championship runner-up Marco Wittmann under pressure as the duo disputed second place at the end of Sunday’s Race 3. Rosenqvist eventually finished less than half a second behind his rival, but third place still made the Swede the only rookie to reach the podium this weekend.
"It feels good to be able to prove that our pace at the Paul Ricard season-opener was real, and it’s nice to round off the weekend at Hockenheim in this fashion," says Felix Rosenqvist. "Already in the first two races, I felt that our pace was good enough for us to be fighting higher up the list than fifth place, but I didn’t want to risk anything at this early stage of the championship and decided to wait for a better opportunity to challenge for the podium. That opportunity then arose in the third race, and I’m obviously very happy about that."
Rosenqvist qualified fourth for the first race of the weekend, where he later ran into gearbox gremlins when in third place and had to relinquish two positions before the end of the 40-minute event. Race 2 saw the Mücke Motorsport driver produce a solid drive that again resulted in fifth place by the chequered flag. A total of 16 drivers from 12 different nations took part in the Hockenheim round, which also saw the new-for-2011 FIA Formula 3 International Trophy kick off.
"The more I drive in this championship, the more convinced I get that it’s the right place for me to continue my development as a driver," Rosenqvist concludes. "I was only a couple of tenths off the fastest lap in each of the three races this weekend, and if we can carry on doing the same sort of job we are currently doing, we should be able to continue to fight close to the front of the field. There is absolutely no doubt that it will be tough, but then again it always is at this level and I am well aware that we have to increase our performance further still already ahead of the next race."
Felix Rosenqvist remains in fifth place overall in the championship standings after six out of the season’s 27 races, but is now just one point adrift of team-mate Nigel Melker. The next Formula 3 Euro Series round takes place at Zandvoort, the Netherlands, on May 13-15.