Felix Rosenqvist finished in fifth place in two out of three races as the Formula 3 Euro Series season resumed at the Norisring in Germany this weekend. The Swede was forced to retire from the opening race of the event after colliding with Gianmarco Raimondo (Canada), but fought back in emphatic fashion in Race 2 as he made up nine places from 14th and last on the grid. The Mücke Motorsport driver then crossed the line in fifth once again in the third and final race of the weekend, after surviving appalling conditions as rain hit the Nuremberg street circuit.
"We couldn’t get the car to where we wanted it this weekend, and my driving also left a bit more to wish for – but it has definitely been valuable to race at the Norisring for the first time," says Felix Rosenqvist. "Race 1 began in drying conditions, and we went for a set-up that we think would have worked out very well in the dry later in the race. Unfortunately, I didn’t get that far, and I made quite severe impact with the wall following the crash with Raimondo. The team did a great job in repairing the car, and I was able to make up nine places from my position on the grid in Race 2. The final race was then all about trying to bring the car home without making any big mistakes."
Rosenqvist now looks forward to the second half of the season, as the championship reaches a host of circuits that the 19-year-old has previous experience from – to the contrary of the last few rounds of the campaign.
"The Norisring is completely different to any other circuit I’ve ever driven at in my career, and both I and my team-mate have been struggling a bit here this weekend," Rosenqvist concludes. "I will probably never be entirely happy with two fifth places, but I’ve always known how competitive this championship is and it could certainly have been a lot worse. It will be interesting to get to some of the more traditional venues over the next few months, and I am definitely optimistic going into the next race at the Nürburgring. Everyone in the team wants to return to a position where we are able to fight for the podium again as soon as possible, and I am not afraid of working hard to succeed in doing that."
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