Felix Rosenqvist returned to the podium at this weekend’s Formula 3 Euro Series and FIA European Formula 3 Championship round at the Nürburgring, when he went from fifth on the grid to third by the chequered flag in the second race of the meeting at the German venue.
The Swede featured in the battle for the top positions all through the event, and got his cause off to a promising start with second place in Friday qualifying. Rosenqvist then used a strong getaway to immediately challenge for the lead in the opening race of the weekend, but eventually had to settle for fourth after losing momentum around the first corner and getting stuck behind team-mate Pascal Wehrlein. The Race 2 podium was Rosenqvist’s sixth so far during the 2012 Formula 3 Euro Series season.
"It’s good to be back on the Formula 3 Euro Series podium, but at the same time, we really had the potential to achieve much more here at the Nürburgring – we had pace enough to win races," says Felix Rosenqvist. "I came close to taking the lead from Daniel Juncadella in the first race, but the move didn’t quite stick and instead I found myself ending up fourth. Race 2 was actually one of my better drives to date, and we have definitely taken a step forward with the car this weekend."
The major talking point of the event, however, was an incident that took place at the start of the final race on Sunday morning, where Rosenqvist was forced off the track in another – and controversial – dice for the lead with Juncadella. Rosenqvist was thrown into retirement when his Mücke Motorsport car hit the barriers at high speed, while Juncadella had to accept a drive-through penalty for having caused the collision.
"In my opinion, what happened at the start of Race 3 was very, very dangerous," Rosenqvist concludes. "Daniel is normally a good guy and a friend of mine, but this time I don't really know what he was thinking. I was left with nowhere to go as he pushed me onto the grass, and there was nothing I could do to avoid a crash. This is just not meant to be my season, but the best thing we can do is to move on from this and try to grow with every setback we encounter. It's not easy at the moment, but I've got a great team behind me and I really appreciate all the support I get from friends, fans and supporters. We will be back!"
Felix Rosenqvist will return to action as early as next weekend, when the F3 fraternity heads to Zandvoort.