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Felix takes front row slot after scrapping for pole in qualifying

FORMULA 3 EURO SERIES / FIA EUROPEAN FORMULA 3 CHAMPIONSHIP
Venue:
Nürburgring (Germany) | Date: August 17th, 2012 | Weather: Sunny

By Mattias Persson

Felix confirmed Mücke Motorsport's hopes of returning to the sharp end of the field at the Nürburgring this weekend by splitting a trio of Prema Powerteam cars to end up second in qualifying on Friday afternoon - having headed the session for most of its duration.

Following a couple of challenging races for Mücke Motorsport, Felix and team-mate Pascal Wehrlein staged a return to form for the Berlin-based squad in qualifying, with Felix wasting little time to establish himself in top spot on the timesheets in the first half of the 30-minute session.

Once the field had changed to brand new Hankook rubber and set out for the concluding array of laps towards the end of running, Felix again hauled himself into first place and - with just three minutes to go - seemed to be heading towards his second pole position of the season.

Championship leader Daniel Juncadella had other thoughts, however, and produced "a near-perfect" lap in the dying moments of the session to grab pole with a 1m23.096s best - just under two tenths quicker than Felix, who still deprived Prema Powerteam of a clean-sweep by out-performing Juncadella's team-mates Sven Müller and Raffaele Marciello.

As expected during one of the strongest Formula 3 campaigns for years, qualifying turned out to be fiercely competitive. The gap between pole-setter Juncadella and 12th placed Emil Bernstorff (ma-con Motorsport) eventually sat at a mere 0.666s, which is made even more remarkable by the Nürburgring's status as a genuinely challenging venue.

On the list over the second-fastest times, which set up the grid for tomorrow's opening race (the outright times are used to establish the starting order for Sunday's Race 3), Felix wound up third behind Juncadella and Müller - albeit just two one hundredths of a second behind the German.

Race 1 gets underway at 11.15 local time tomorrow morning.

COMMENT | FELIX
"It's good to see that our hard work over the past few months seems to have come to fruition, but I refuse to take anything for granted and I still think that Prema Powerteam have an edge. This time, though, I was much more comfortable behind the wheel than I've been for a long time, and second must be considered an OK result - even though I do feel pole would have been within reach with a perfect lap. I improved my time in Sector 1 on a sequence of laps towards the end, but threw it away in Sectors 2 and 3. We are definitely in the game here, however, and we are naturally aiming for the podium tomorrow!"    


Results (top five) - outright times (Race 3 grid)
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Pos Name Team Time
1 Daniel Juncadella Prema Powerteam-Mercedes 1m23.096s

2

Felix Rosenqvist Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes

+0.193s

3 Sven Müller Prema Powerteam-Mercedes +0.241s

4

Raffaele Marciello Prema Powerteam-Mercedes

+0.268s

5

Pascal Wehrlein Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes

+0.280s


Results (top five) - second-fastest times (Race 1 grid)
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Pos Name Team Time
1 Daniel Juncadella Prema Powerteam-Mercedes 1m23.212s

2

Sven Müller Prema Powerteam-Mercedes

+0.201s

3 Felix Rosenqvist Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes +0.222s

4

Pascal Wehrlein Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes

+0.252s

5

Raffaele Marciello Prema Powerteam-Mercedes

+0.298s






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