Felix Rosenqvist endured a challenging time when Formula 3 Euro Series and the FIA European Formula 3 Championship visited the legendary grounds of Brands Hatch this weekend. Although getting the event off to a strong start with second place in Friday free practice, a less-than-perfect qualifying outing – where Rosenqvist had his fastest lap cancelled after posting it just seconds after the session was red-flagged – meant that the Swede faced an uphill struggle for the rest of the weekend. Rosenqvist’s best result eventually came in Race 2, where he wound up fifth after having been pushed off the track as he challenged for the lead on the opening lap.
"There is no reason to call this anything else than what it was; a bad weekend for us," says Felix Rosenqvist. "Much like at Pau last weekend, we didn’t at all make the most out of qualifying, and again that cost us the opportunity of challenging for podiums. Having said that, though – and while I do believe our pace was better than the results showed – I still think we lacked a bit of performance compared to Prema Powerteam here. Everyone in our team agrees that we have a lot of work to do, but if we can just get through an entire weekend without any problems then I think we will be able to do a much better job. "
Despite the qualifying mishap and a seventh place in Race 1, things suddenly looked a bit brighter ahead of the start of the second race of the weekend as Rosenqvist set off from the front row of the grid. After a good start saw the 20-year-old attack Jazeman Jaafar (Malaysia) for the lead going through the first few corners, however, Rosenqvist was pushed wide onto the gravel run-off area, losing three positions in the process and eventually ending up fifth. A clutch failure then forced the 2011 Masters of Formula 3 winner to retire from the concluding Race 3.
"This simply wasn’t our weekend, and almost everything that could have gone wrong did so," Rosenqvist concludes. "It’s in situations like this, however, that you really grow – and I learned so much this weekend. I have already put Brands Hatch behind me, and we are now fully focussed on the up-coming events on the calendar."
Formula 3 Euro Series and the FIA European Formula 3 Championship now move on to Austria and the Red Bull Ring, where the next round of the season takes place on June 1-3.