Double podiums for Rosenqvist at the Nürburgring
One week on from his maiden F3 win at Assen, Felix Rosenqvist continued his strong form in the ATS Formula 3 Cup as the ninth and tenth round of Germany’s fastest single-seater championship took place at the legendary Nürburgring this weekend. Rosenqvist finished second to Frenchman Tom Dillmann in both the weekend’s two races, and dramatically closed in on third place overall in the championship standings - where the 18-year-old Swede now trails Denmark’s Kevin Magnussen by only five points. Rosenqvist’s performances at the Nürburgring also made him the most successful series rookie at the event.
”One week ago, I had nine points in total in the championship - now, I’ve got 43,” Felix Rosenqvist says. ”It feels really nice that all the bad luck from the early races of the season seems to have disappeared; at least for now! Once you get to experience the taste of victory - like I did at Assen - it’s difficult to be fully satisfied with second, but F3 is just too competitive to be able to win all the time and Tom was simply the quickest here this weekend. I’m happy to have scored such a decent number of points and really look forward to the second half of the season!”
Felix qualified in third for the first race of the weekend - beaten to Pole Position by the almost mindboggling margin of 0.060 seconds - and made his way up to second when Stef Dusseldorp and Daniel Abt collided at the start. The Performance Racing driver then opened up a comfortable gap to third-placed Willi Steindl, only for a gear lever issue to almost reduce his efforts to nothing. However, Rosenqvist managed to defend his second place and then mirrored his result in Race 2 after overtaking championship front-runner Daniel Abt.
”When the gear lever suddenly began to live its own life at the end of the first race, I actually felt a bit worried,” Rosenqvist concludes. ”I knew that a problem of that magnitude was going to cost me a lot of time, but I had managed to create a gap of some ten seconds to Steindl and could adapt my driving technique to the problem, which was what eventually saved me. I actually experimented quite a bit with my driving style this weekend and feel that I’ve developed a lot over the last couple of races, a rate I’m sure will have to remain for the rest of the season in order to continue fighting at the front of the field.”
The ATS Formula 3 Cup calendar now sees the series return to Assen for the second time this year, with August 6-8 pencilled in for the next round of the championship.
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