This weekend’s Formula 3 Euro Series round at Silverstone proved to be a case of mixed emotions for Felix Rosenqvist. The 19-year-old arrived at the British Grand Prix venue as one of the pre-event favourites following his Masters of Formula 3 victory at Zandvoort four weeks ago, and immediately showed his intentions by topping the timesheets in Friday free practice. After taking third in qualifying – where he was beaten only by the two leading cars of Italian squad Prema Powerteam – Rosenqvist found himself in a strong position for the rest of the weekend, but a range of technical problems and early-race incidents saw the Mücke Motorsport driver repeatedly having to fight his way back up through the field and eventually leave Silverstone with fourth place as his best race result.
"We were among the quickest this weekend, but sometimes that’s just not enough in motor racing – things have to run smoothly," says Felix Rosenqvist. "We didn’t have the most straightforward of times here, and an example of that is an issue we had at the start of the first race when the hand brake system we use failed. I quickly adopted an alternative start technique, but I still lost three places off the line. I managed to overtake my team-mate and Daniel Abt to come home fourth, and in the second race I got pushed wide by Laurens Vanthoor on the opening lap and had to fight my way up to seventh having re-joined last. I have learned a lot about racing in traffic this weekend, and it has definitely helped improve my race craft."
As if Rosenqvist hadn’t already endured his fair share of incidents, a first-lap collision with Daniel Juncadella forced him to retire from the third and concluding race of the weekend on Sunday.
"I made a great start in the third race and was extremely close to Daniel at the first braking zone, but then, unfortunately, we clashed going into Turn 4," Rosenqvist concludes. "I have spoken to Daniel and we agreed that it was a "race incident" – and I accept that I was partly to blame for what happened. I have already set my sights on the next race in Valencia, where we will hopefully be able to turn our pace into better results. The team has done a great job with the car, and we are in a good position to remain competitive in the final part of the championship."
The eighth and penultimate round of the Formula 3 Euro Series season sees the championship travel to Spain and Valencia on September 30 – October 2.