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Felix holds on to fourth overall - and second in Formula 3 Euro Series - despite early wall scare in Race 2

FORMULA 3 EURO SERIES
Venue:
Norisring (Germany) | Date: June 30th, 2012 | Weather: Sunny and warm

By Mattias Persson

Felix survived an early scare in the second race of the European/British F3 weekend at the Norisring, as he brushed the wall on the opening lap but managed to come home in fourth place overall - and in second among the Formula 3 Euro Series drivers.

Another superb start enabled Felix to sprint into second place off the line, as he slotted in behind pole-sitter and eventual race winner Harry Tincknell. The clash with the wall at the subsequent Schöller S section, however, meant that Felix Serralles - who, like Tincknell, is only eligible for points in the British championship - went through and into second.

Felix's Mücke Motorsport chassis suffered from vibrations following the incident - something that wasn't helped by an aggressively flat-spotted tyre. Felix held on to third for much of the race, though, until team-mate Pascal Wehrlein got past and went on to grab Formula 3 Euro Series victory. After fending off a late charge from Carlin's Will Buller, Felix took the chequered flag in fourth place overall and joined Wehrlein in producing a Mücke Motorsport Euro Series 1-2.

As usual, Race 2 only counts towards Formula 3 Euro Series, and does not provide points for the FIA European F3 Championship. The third and final race of the weekend takes place at 10.45 local time tomorrow.

QUOTE | FELIX
"The outcome of both today's races has obviously exceeded our expectations following qualifying, but I still can't help feeling slightly frustrated right now. I made a mistake and hit the wall on the opening lap, and that probably cost me Formula 3 Euro Series victory. The right rear wishbone was quite extensively damaged, and I was lucky to even make it to the finish. Pascal drove a strong race and I'm happy that we were able to deliver this Euro Series 1-2 for the team. All-in-all, we have improved dramatically over the course of the weekend, and although I will start from way down the grid tomorrow, we should be able to have another strong race."


Results (top five)
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Pos Name Team Time

1

Harry Tincknell Carlin-Volkswagen

22 laps

2 Felix Serralles Fortec-Mercedes +0.419s

3

Pascal Wehrlein Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes

+2.102s

4

Felix Rosenqvist Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes

+4.715s

5

Will Buller Carlin-Volkswagen

+4.840s






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