Felix Rosenqvist secured the first pole position of his Formula 3 Euro Series and FIA European F3 Championship career at the Red Bull Ring this weekend – but an almost unreal array of misfortune still saw the 20-year-old leave the Austrian venue with just five points to his name. Rosenqvist became the first Swede in the history of the two championships to grab pole position as he topped the timesheets in Friday qualifying, only to see two separate penalties – one of which forced him to surrender his on-the-road lead in the final race of the weekend – deny him of anything like the sort of result his pace had indicated that he was capable of.
"A very, very tough weekend – and that’s putting it nicely," says Felix Rosenqvist. "It all began very well when I topped the times in free practice, and then we underlined our pace by going fastest again in qualifying. The events that took place in the races, however, were unbelievable. It was particularly tough to get penalised when I was leading the final race and felt really comfortable in the car, but unfortunately that’s motor racing. We were quick enough to win this weekend, but sometimes that’s not enough and I’m obviously disappointed."
Having been handed a drive-through penalty for ignoring yellow flags, Rosenqvist ended up in ninth place in the first race of the weekend – where he had featured in a fight for the podium. Race 2 then saw the Swede retire following a collision with rival Lucas Wolf, but Race 3 got off to a promising start as Felix consolidated his lead from pole position. Rosenqvist and eventual race winner Daniel Juncadella immediately opened up a gap to the rest of the field, but another penalty – this time for having jumped the start – effectively turned a potential victory into sand.
"I can’t blame anyone for the false start in Race 3; I simply wanted too much," Rosenqvist concludes. "It’s always tough to surrender a possible victory when everything looks so good, and I had even saved four new tyres for that race. We will now move on from this and look forward to the next race – at least it can’t be any worse there!"
Mücke Motorsport and Felix Rosenqvist will travel straight from Austria to EuroSpeedway Lausitz in Germany for two days of testing next week, before racing resumes at the Norisring street circuit on June 29-July 1.