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Felix uses "best ever start" to complete solid Grand Prix de Pau debut 

FIA EUROPEAN FORMULA 3 CHAMPIONSHIP
Venue:
Pau (France) | Date: May 13th, 2012 | Weather: Warm and sunny

By Mattias Persson

Aided by "the best start of his career", Felix made up four places on the run to the first corner in the second and final race of the weekend at Pau, eventually coming home sixth - with the third-fastest lap time - behind a train of cars jostling for the podium.

The rocket off-the-grid reaction promoted Felix into fifth place, and from there he had no problems to match the pace dictated by second-placed Carlos Sainz Jr. throughout the race. A lock-up into Turn 1, however, allowed Luis Derani to sweep past under acceleration along the following uphill straight, and Felix duly took the chequered flag in sixth.

Sainz Jr. survived race-long pressure from Carlin team-mate Jazeman Jaafar - who in turn was challenged by Daniel Juncadella for most of the event - but on a track where overtaking is virtually impossible, the order remained unchanged for the duration of the 33 laps. Ferrari protégé Raffaele Marciello put on a similar display as yesterday to complete a double victory at the French street classic.

Felix, meanwhile, posted the third-fastest lap time of the race - which was quicker than anyone in the group ahead of him managed - to back up his feelings that the speed was there for more hadn't it been for the troubles of qualifying.

The race featured two major incidents, as Felix Serralles came together with Fortec colleague Hannes van Asseldonk at Turn 1 in a clash which forced the latter into retirement. Harry Tincknell was the other casualty of the tight confines of Pau, crashing his Carlin machine at Pont Oscar.

QUOTE | FELIX
"I've done a few really good starts lately, but this was definitely the best I've ever done. I gained four places on the run to Turn 1, which was very important as overtaking around here is rare once the races settle in. Unfortunately, though, I think the tyres overheated a bit towards the end, as the brakes began to lock up quite severely. That's also why I made the mistake that enabled Derani to pass me, but I've got nobody else to blame and I will learn from it. Considering where we were after qualifying, this turned out to be a pretty decent weekend after all."


Results

Pos Name Team Time
1 Raffaele Marciello Prema Powerteam-Mercedes 33 laps

2

Carlos Sainz Jr. Carlin-Volkswagen

+13.129s

3 Jazeman Jaafar Carlin-Volkswagen +13.817s

4

Daniel Juncadella Prema Powerteam-Mercedes

+14.190s

5

Luis Derani

Fortec-Mercedes

+15.797s

6 Felix Rosenqvist Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes +16.500s

7

Alex Lynn Fortec-Mercedes

+17.510s

8

Jack Harvey Carlin-Volkswagen

+19.062s

9

Pascal Wehrlein Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes

+19.835s

10

Sven Müller Prema Powerteam-Mercedes

+20.939s

11

Michael Lewis Prema Powerteam-Mercedes

+21.861s

12

Pietro Fantin

Carlin-Volkswagen

+34.069s

13

Emil Bernstorff ma-con Motorsport-Volkswagen

+37.861s

14

Nick McBride

Three Bond with T-Sport-Nissan

+54.307s

15

Fahmi Ilyas Double R-Mercedes

+57.908s

16

Sandro Zeller Jo Zeller Racing-Mercedes

+1 lap

17

Duvashen Padayashee

Double R-Mugen Honda

+1 lap

18

Geoff Uhrhane

Double R-Mercedes

+1 lap

19

Felix Serralles Fortec-Mercedes

+2 laps

20

Richard Goddard

T-Sport-Honda

+2 laps

21

Tom Blomqvist

ma-con Motorsport-Volkswagen

+2 laps

22

Hannes van Asseldonk

Fortec-Mercedes

DNF

23

Harry Tincknell

Carlin-Volkswagen

DNF

24

Andrea Roda

Jo Zeller Racing-Mercedes

DNF






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