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More champagne at Hockenheim - Felix claims second podium of the day

FORMULA 3 EURO SERIES
Venue:
Hockenheim (Germany) | Date: April 28th, 2012 | Weather: Sunny and warm

By Mattias Persson

Felix claimed his second podium in as many attempts at Hockenheim on Saturday, when he leapt from sixth on the partially reversed Race 2 grid to eventually cross the line in third. 

Another trademark getaway off the line saw Felix move up to fourth after just a handful of corners, and - armed with a more confidence-inspiring car than in the opening race - he managed to dive past Lucas Wolf for third with relative ease under braking for the Spitzkehre on lap three.

From there on, Felix's third place was never challenged, and the Mücke Motorsport man instead focussed on chasing down second-placed Hannes van Asseldonk (Fortec). Despite taking a significant chunk of time out of the Dutchman in the closing stages, Felix didn't quite manage to launch an attack and duly held on for third - crossing the line less than a second behind his rival.

Van Asseldonk's status as a guest driver this weekend, however, means that Felix inherits the eight points on offer for a second place in Race 2. Due to the reverse-grid aspect of the 20-minute sprint event, the FIA has decided that no Race 2 results will count towards the revived FIA European F3 Championship this season, but the outcome still means that Felix closes the gap on Carlos Sainz Jr. - fifth in Race 2 - and Daniel Juncadella (who retired after a collision) in the Formula 3 Euro Series standings. It is, of course, still very early days though.

QUOTE | FELIX
"The car definitely felt a lot better now than it did this morning, and I'm happy to have taken another podium position. I got away well off the line once again and managed to pass Lucas Wolf without taking any risks after a few laps, and then I was quite a lot quicker than van Asseldonk in the closing stages. I didn't have any new tyres in this race, which makes me even more confident, but I still think we need to find some more performance in our set-up before we can really attack as much as we want to. A step in the right direction, though."


Results
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Pos Name Team Time
1 Raffaele Marciello Prema Powerteam-Mercedes 13 laps

2

Hannes van Asseldonk Fortec-Mercedes

+5.976s

3 Felix Rosenqvist Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes +6.711s

4

Will Buller Carlin-Volkswagen

+11.601s

5

Carlos Sainz Jr. Carlin-Volkswagen

+12.341s

6 Sven Müller Prema Powerteam-Mercedes +13.969s

7

Lucas Wolf URD Rennsport-Mercedes

+16.283s

8

Alex Lynn Fortec-Mercedes

+17.166s

9

Pascal Wehrlein Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes

+20.499s

10

Michael Lewis Prema Powerteam-Mercedes

+21.713s

11

Tom Blomqvist ma-con Motorsport-Volkswagen

+24.041s

12

Emil Bernstorff ma-con Motorsport-Volkswagen

+24.845s

13

Felix Serralles Fortec-Mercedes

+25.222s

14

Luis Sá Silva Racing For Angola-Mercedes

+37.505s

15

Sandro Zeller Jo Zeller Racing-Mercedes

+38.787s

16

Andrea Roda Jo Zeller Racing-Mercedes

+39.193s

17

Philip Ellis GU Racing-Mercedes

+1 lap

18

Daniel Juncadella Prema Powerteam-Mercedes

DNF






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