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Felix qualifies fifth for the 2012 RTL GP Masters of Formula 3

RTL GP Masters of Formula 3
Venue:
Zandvoort (the Netherlands) | Date: July 14th, 2012 | Weather: Cloudy but dry

By Mattias Persson

Felix will start his defence of the RTL GP Masters of Formula 3 crown from fifth on the grid in the 2012 edition of the famous event, after ending up on the same position in a dry second qualifying session on Saturday afternoon.

Felix initially held second behind eventual pole-setter Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam) after the first succession of flying laps, but fell to fifth by the chequered flag as Carlos Sainz Jr. (Carlin), Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) and local hero Hannes van Asseldonk (Fortec) hauled themselves up the list on the second set of new tyres.

Felix did not get a perfect lap together, but his theoretical time when adding all his personal best sectors together would have seen him end up on the front row right behind Juncadella. It was not to be this time, though, but fifth still marks a solid place to start.

The 2012 RTL GP Masters of Formula 3 gets underway - wet or dry - at 14.00 tomorrow. 

QUOTE | FELIX
"I have to admit that I'm slightly disappointed with the outcome of this session. I think I could have been a bit further up the grid, even though I don't think I could have matched Dani (Juncadella) today. We did have realistic pace for second, however, as my theoretical lap suggests. On my eventual fastest lap I ran into a puddle of water at Turn 5, and I think I was too conservative and backed off too much there. Fifth is still a decent place to start from and anything is possible given the weather, but it's a bit frustrating knowing that we didn't make the most out of today. We will try our utmost to deliver a good result tomorrow and I'm already looking forward to the race." 


Results (top five)
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Pos Name Team Time
1 Daniel Juncadella Prema Powerteam-Mercedes 1m31.783s

2

Carlos Sainz Jr. Carlin-Volkswagen

+0.529s

3 Raffaele Marciello Prema Powerteam-Mercedes +0.650s

4

Hannes van Asseldonk Fortec-Mercedes

+0.750s

5

Felix Rosenqvist Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes

+0.772s






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