Felix Rosenqvist wins Assen F3 thriller
Felix Rosenqvist claimed his second win of the season in dramatic fashion when he led the field home in the second ATS Formula 3 Cup race at TT Circuit Assen, the Netherlands, this weekend. The Swede started from Pole Position for the first time in his short Formula 3 career after having set the fastest three lap times of the event in Friday qualifying, and took the chequered flag as winner of a rain-affected Race 2 after overcoming a pit stop to change for slick tyres. The Performance Racing driver thereby scored more championship points - 14 - than any other driver over the weekend - and won again at Assen, the scene of his first F3 victory earlier this year.
”It’s great to have taken another victory at Assen,” Felix Rosenqvist says. ”I had actually never driven in the wet during an F3 race weekend before today, but I’ve always enjoyed changeable conditions and felt that we could be in for something good when it began to drizzle before the start - I’ve been longing for rain all year! The team managed to do a well-executed pit stop, even though I lost the lead for a couple of laps, and we maintained our pace once the circuit dried. I was able to open up a lead of some 30 seconds, but something happened with the engine in the last few laps when conditions were at their best and I even feared that I would have to retire. Fortunately, I got to the end of the race, and I’ve definitely learnt a lot this weekend. I’m very pleased with this victory.”
In qualifying for the first race of the weekend, Rosenqvist ended up in third on the grid. After stalling at the start, however, the 18-year-old had to fight his way back up through the field from 16th place at the end of the first lap to salvage three important points as he crossed the line in sixth. The subsequent Race 2 triumph, meanwhile, makes Felix the most victorious rookie so far in 2010.
”Despite pit stops being a rare commodity in Formula 3 racing, it became necessary due to the weather conditions this weekend and the guys did a great job in managing it,” Performance Racing team boss Bobby Issazadhe concludes. ”With the benefit of hindsight, though, we should probably have brought Felix in one lap earlier. Felix is a
fantastic driver and gave us this victory thanks to his blistering speed, and it’s clear for everyone to see that our co-operation goes from strength to strength.”
The next round of the ATS Formula 3 Cup championship takes place at EuroSpeedway Lausitz already next weekend, on August 13-15.
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