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Felix takes double front row slot after intense qualifying scrap 

FORMULA 3 EURO SERIES / FIA EUROPEAN FORMULA 3 CHAMPIONSHIP
Venue:
 Circuit Ricardo Tormo (Spain) | Date: September 28th, 2012 | Weather: Overcast but dry

By Mattias Persson

Felix has qualified in second place on the grid for both the first and third race of the weekend at Circuit Ricardo Tormo, after staging an entertaining battle with Prema Powerteam duo Daniel Juncadella and Raffaele Marciello for pole position.

With free practice having been hit by varying levels of rain in the morning, teams and drivers were bracing themselves for a wet qualifying session as well. Despite some very threatening clouds, however, those fears never materialised, with the track instead remaining dry throughout - albeit with several puddles surrounding the racing line.

Felix immediately banged in a good lap, only to see the session red-flagged after only a couple of minutes when Luis Sa Silva crashed his car at Turn 4. Once the action resumed, Felix found himself locked in a thrilling fight with Juncadella and Marciello, again proving to be the only non-Prema Powerteam man able to challenge for pole position and eventually ending up second after a last-minute improvement from Juncadella.

On second-fastest laps, Juncadella wound up slower than Felix, who instead had to see Marciello leap ahead and position himself at the head of the pack for tomorrow's Race 1. Felix's double front row effort - which came to be despite a number of mistakes on his fastest laps - puts him in a good position to further build on his victory at Zandvoort five weeks ago.

The session was red-flagged for a second time in the final minute, as Pascal Wehrlein parked his Mücke Motorsport machine in the gravel trap in Sector 3. The session was not restarted.

The opening race of the weekend takes place at 11.15 tomorrow morning.

COMMENT | FELIX
"A good result for us, and a decent place to build from over the rest of the weekend. I'm actually not very happy with my laps, though, as I made a few mistakes that probably cost me pole position. I was pushing to the maximum and was set for an improvement by a couple of tenths towards the end, only to run off the track in the final corner. Despite that, however, we have to be pleased with where we are - but we can't afford to fall into complacency. We will work hard overnight to try and improve the car further still ahead of tomorrow, and then we'll go all out for the best possible result."   


Results (top five) - outright times (Race 3 grid)
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Pos Name Team Time
1 Daniel Juncadella Prema Powerteam-Mercedes 1m28.300s

2

Felix Rosenqvist Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes

+0.119s

3 Raffaele Marciello Prema Powerteam-Mercedes +0.204s

4

Carlos Sainz Jr. Carlin-Volkswagen

+0.278s

5

Pascal Wehrlein Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes

+0.553s


Results (top five) - second-fastest times (Race 1 grid)
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Pos Name Team Time
1 Raffaele Marciello Prema Powerteam-Mercedes 1m28.534s

2

Felix Rosenqvist Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes

+0.178s

3 Daniel Juncadella Prema Powerteam-Mercedes +0.443s

4

Tom Blomqvist ma-con Motorsport-Volkswagen

+0.490s

5

Carlos Sainz Jr. Carlin-Volkswagen

+0.723s






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