Felix Rosenqvist followed up his victory at last month’s Formula 3 Euro Series and FIA European Formula 3 Championship round at Zandvoort with another triumph at Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia this weekend. The 20-year-old Swede controlled Sunday’s concluding race from start to finish, and went on to win five and a half seconds ahead of local favourite Daniel Juncadella. On his way to victory, Rosenqvist also found time to establish a new lap record at the Spanish venue, as he shattered the previous benchmark by a whopping 2.3 seconds.
"One of my better races, and I really want to thank Mücke Motorsport for giving me a fantastic car here in Valencia," says Felix Rosenqvist. "For once, everything came together as we had planned, and once I’d taken the lead from Daniel (Juncadella) into Turn 1, I felt very comfortable behind the wheel. I was able to open up a two-second gap on the first lap, and from there on it was all about not making any mistakes. To post a new lap record, which I did on the final lap of the race, obviously doesn’t hurt either!"
Much like at Zandvoort, Rosenqvist proved to be the only driver truly able to challenge championship leaders Prema Powerteam for pole position in Friday qualifying, eventually ending up second. A good start then saw the Swede grab the lead at the beginning of Race 1 and pull away from his rivals – in a similar development to that in the Sunday event – only for the stewards to hand him a drive-through penalty for having positioned himself incorrectly on the grid ahead of the start. Rosenqvist wound up 13th, and later fought his way back up to eighth in Race 2.
"The first part of the weekend was a nightmare, but that only makes today’s win all the more sweet," Rosenqvist concludes. "I’m confident that we could have won the first race as well if it hadn’t been for the penalty, but that’s the way it is and we have at least proved to everyone that we were the fastest package on the track this weekend. I’m already looking forward to the season-finale, and I will be going flat out for more by then!"
The concluding round of the Formula 3 Euro Series and FIA European F3 Championship campaign is set to take place at Hockenheim in Germany – where Felix Rosenqvist won one of the races last year – on October 19-21.