Felix Rosenqvist ended up fourth and sixth respectively in this weekend’s two Formula 3 races at the Grand Prix de Pau, with the French street classic gathering all of Europe’s F3 elite as the European and British championships combined to make up a competitive 24-car field.
Rosenqvist was held back by a challenging and troubled qualifying session on Saturday morning, but proved that the pace was there for more with assertive drives in both races to reduce the gap to the top of the FIA European Formula 3 Championship standings.
"Our victory chances more or less disappeared in qualifying, and we had pace for more this weekend," says Felix Rosenqvist. "The car felt good here – better than at Hockenheim two weeks ago – but we never really got the opportunity to prove what we were really capable of. I didn’t plan my qualifying outing brilliantly, and when the tyres were at their best I ran into traffic and yellow flags. Luckily, we managed to limit the damage thanks to two good races, but I’m obviously not entirely satisfied with how things went this weekend."
Making his first-ever appearance at the Grand Prix de Pau, Rosenqvist spent the opening two practice sessions acquainting himself with the demanding street circuit, before a good start in Race 1 enabled the Swede to take the chequered flag in fourth place overall – and second among the FIA European Formula 3 Championship drivers. Race 2 then saw the Mücke Motorsport man produce "the best start of his career" to gain a full four places on the run down to Turn 1.
"I've done a few really good starts lately, but the one I did in Race 2 was definitely the best I've ever done," Rosenqvist concludes. "I posted the third quickest lap time of the race and managed to stay with the group ahead of me relatively easy, and I think overall we have to be happy with the outcome considering where we were after qualifying. I’m already looking ahead to the next race, though, and hopefully we’ll finally manage to get every part of the package together by then."
The next round of the FIA European Formula 3 Championship takes place at Brands Hatch, Great Britain, already next weekend, at an event which will also mark the return of Formula 3 Euro Series to the limelight.