Felix Rosenqvist came away with fourth as his best result when the FIA European Formula 3 Championship took to the legendary grounds of Spa-Francorchamps this weekend.
Rosenqvist faced competition from 28 other drivers from both the European and British F3 series, and got off to a solid start with fifth place overall on his first acquaintance with the challenging Belgian venue behind the wheel of an F3 car in the opening free practice session. The Swede, however, was later held back by yellow flags on no less than three out of his four flying laps in qualifying, but still managed to haul himself back up to fourth among the European Championship drivers in the first race of the weekend – aided by a strong conclusion to the event which saw him constantly lap among the fastest on track.
"This was always going to be a challenging weekend for all of the European Championship regulars as we had to adapt to the tyres and rules used in the British series, but Spa is just an amazing circuit and I thoroughly enjoyed driving here," says Felix Rosenqvist. "I was unlucky in qualifying with all the yellow flags effectively destroying my session, which made things a bit more complicated for Race 1. I eventually managed to make up some of the lost ground to finish fourth, and it was particularly pleasing to see that we took care of the tyres very well towards the end. We were not fast enough to challenge for victory here, though, so we still have a lot of work to do."
The second race of the weekend was cancelled completely when the infamous Spa micro-climate transformed the circuit into a lake within a matter of second shortly before the start. Rosenqvist was set to start the race from the front row, but the cancellation meant he never got the opportunity to convert his grid slot into a potentially strong result. In the final race of the meeting, the Mücke Motorsport man then retired after colliding with championship leader Raffaele Marciello in the poor visibility brought about by another shower of rain.
"I want to apologise to Raffaele for the clash in the final race; I couldn’t see anything in the spray as we headed into the Bus Stop chicane, and once I realised he was there, it was too late to react," Rosenqvist concludes. "It obviously wasn’t intentional, and it marked the end of the race for me. This was a weekend of what-could-have-been had we managed to steer clear of the misfortune which seems to haunt us this year – but we’ll bounce back..."
Felix Rosenqvist’s next race outing will take place at the Nürburgring in Germany on August 17-19.