Felix Rosenqvist kick-started his 2012 European F3 campaign by taking to the podium in all three races of the opening weekend at Hockenheim. Rosenqvist finished in third place behind Spanish duo Daniel Juncadella and Carlos Sainz Jr. in both the first and third race of the meeting, and added another third-place finish to his tally as he rose from sixth on a partially reversed grid in Race 2. The results mean that the Swede leaves Hockenheim in third place in both the Formula 3 Euro Series and FIA European Formula 3 Championship standings.
"Three podiums from three races is obviously a very good result and a decent start to the season, but we didn’t have the pace to challenge Carlos and Daniel this weekend and will have to work out why that was," says Felix Rosenqvist. "I made three good starts and took the lead initially in the first race, but then we lacked a bit of performance in our set-up and third was the maximum we could achieve here – and we did."
Rosenqvist qualified in second place on the grid for the first race of the weekend, behind Sainz Jr. and just 0.004 seconds ahead of Juncadella. Having grabbed the lead after overtaking Sainz Jr. with a bold move on the opening lap of the 40-minute event, the Mücke Motorsport driver was later unable to defend his position as the Spanish duo used a top speed advantage to move ahead of the 20-year-old at the end of the back straight. A further two third-place finishes later, however, Rosenqvist could take comfort from the fact that he had become the only driver to take to the podium in every race throughout the weekend.
"We’re aware that we have quite a lot of work ahead of us before we’re as competitive as we want to be, but it could definitely have been worse and I scored a lot of valuable points this weekend," Rosenqvist concludes. "The car has got good potential, but at the moment we just have to unlock all the performance in an effective way while I might also have to adapt my driving a bit. The team is already hard at work trying to find out where we need to improve, and I’m really looking forward to getting back in the car for the next race in two weeks’ time!"
Rosenqvist’s next race will take place on the French streets of Pau on May 11-13, an event that will count exclusively to the FIA European Formula 3 Championship. Formula 3 Euro Series will then be back in the limelight, together with the European Championship, at Brands Hatch the following weekend.