Felix Rosenqvist takes first Formula 3 podium
Felix Rosenqvist got to visit the podium for the first time in his short Formula 3 career after finishing in second place behind experienced F3 driver Tom Dillmann in the first race of the ATS Formula 3 Cup weekend at Sachsenring. The 18-year-old successfully fended off a race-long challenge from Stef Dusseldorp to hold on to his second position, and the podium result means that Rosenqvist has now also scored his first points in the championship after a troubled season opener at Oschersleben. The Swede was one of the fastest drivers all through the event, and qualified in second and third respectively for the two races contested.
”It’s great to have reached the podium and to demonstrate that we are competitive in such a tough championship,” Felix Rosenqvist says. ”The weekend actually didn’t get off to the best of starts, and I lost some track time early on -but we came back strongly in qualifying to put the car on the front row. Race 1 was probably the hardest I’ve ever done; I had Dusseldorp just behind me for the duration of the race and knew that one mistake was all it would take for him to get past, and I had to use every trick in the book to keep him at bay. Thankfully, I was able to maintain second place and take my first points of the season at the same time, which made it all worthwhile!”
The second race of the weekend was a less fortunate affair for Rosenqvist, who didn’t get away cleanly from the third place on the grid that he had earned himself in qualifying and was passed by a number of drivers heading into Turn 1. Further around the first lap - at the fastest point of the circuit where speeds exceed 220 km/h - the Performance Racing driver went off in turbulent air from a car ahead of him and had to retire.
”We still haven’t had a perfect weekend and I was a little too close to the car in front of me in the beginning of the second race, lost a lot of downforce and just spun off,” Felix concludes. ”These things happen. Just like in Oschersleben, we were quick enough to challenge for the podium and it was great to get up there in Race 1. However, I’m well aware of the fact that I’m still very new to this championship and have much left to learn. I’m really looking forward to the next race at Hockenheim, which is a circuit I enjoy and one we were very quick at in winter testing.”
The next round of the German F3 championship will take place at the legendary Hockenheim circuit on May 29-30.
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