Felix Rosenqvist finally managed to break free from his 2012 jinx when he won the opening race of the Formula 3 Euro Series and FIA European Formula 3 Championship weekend at Zandvoort in the Netherlands.
Rosenqvist used a strong start to grab the lead from second place on the grid, and went on to control the race – which took place at the same venue where he won the prestigious RTL GP Masters of Formula 3 last year – on his way to his first win of the season. To underline his pace further still, the Swede also posted the fastest lap of the event and leaves Zandvoort with a much-improved position in the championship standings.
"Finally, we got the chance to show what we’re really capable of when we manage to steer clear of problems and incidents, and it feels great to have achieved this together with Mücke Motorsport" says Felix Rosenqvist. "We have been working hard for this, and after all the setbacks we’ve encountered off late, this was exactly what everyone in the team needed. I made a good start, and from there on it was just about not making any mistakes. We have been among the very fastest here this weekend, and Zandvoort continues to be kind to me!"
Rosenqvist showed his intentions already in Friday qualifying, as he proved to be the only driver able to challenge championship leaders Prema Powerteam for pole position. After missing out on top slot by less than a tenth of a second, the 20-year-old then managed to beat the full armada of cars from the Italian outfit in the first race, before going on to complete the weekend with sixth place in a shortened Race 2 and fourth in the concluding Race 3.
"I had to start from eighth in Race 2 due to the reverse-grid regulations, so sixth was actually an OK result – even though you always aim for more," Rosenqvist concludes. "The final race was highly eventful and very fun to take part in, but unfortunately I started on wet-weather tyres which turned out to be the wrong choice. I took the lead in the opening stages but fell back when I had to pit for slicks, and considering all the chaos that took place, fourth was an acceptable outcome. Overall, of course, this was the best weekend so far this year!"
The next round of the Formula 3 Euro Series and FIA European F3 Championship season takes place in Valencia, Spain, on September 28-30.