Technical gremlins hinder Felix Rosenqvist on Formula 3 debut
Felix Rosenqvist had a tough start to the 2010 German Formula 3 championship season at Oschersleben this weekend. The 18-year-old Swede, who made his Formula 3 debut after three years in Formula Renault, lost two hours of valuable running already on Friday morning when the engine in his Performance Racing car refused to start ahead of the pre-event test sessions. A Turn 1 incident then saw Felix retire from the first of the weekend’s two races, before a promising beginning to Race 2 - where he overtook Markus Pommer and closed in on the cars ahead of him - was brought to nothing by a broken gearbox; forcing Felix to leave the season-opener without points.
”This was probably the most challenging weekend I’ve ever had, but I’m not disheartened in any way,” Felix Rosenqvist says. ”We proved that our pace was good enough to fight for the podium when we got the chance to complete some trouble-free laps, and the second race felt really good until the gearbox began to give up. We do have a couple of tenths to find in order to challenge for the very best positions, but that isn’t really our target this early in the season.”
The engine troubles in testing threw Rosenqvist straight into the first qualifying session of the weekend, but he still managed a respectable fifth on the grid for Race 1. A bad start saw Felix drop a couple of places on the run down to the first corner - and despite taking a conservative approach for Turn 1, he collided with Brazilian Luis Derani and had to retire. The second race of the weekend began much better, but the gearbox issues eventually demoted Felix to 11th place at the finish.
”We’ll put this weekend behind us and prepare even more carefully for the rest of the season,” Felix concludes. ”Everyone at Performance Racing is highly motivated to strike back as soon as possible and I look forward to the next race at Sachsenring, which is a new circuit for most of the drivers in the championship. Hopefully, we’ll have a smoother journey there.”
The next round of the German Formula 3 championship takes place on May 8-9.
German Formula 3: www.formel3.de
Performance Racing: www.performance-racing.se
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