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Felix wins and shatters Valencia F3 lap record

FORMULA 3 EURO SERIES / FIA EUROPEAN FORMULA 3 CHAMPIONSHIP
Venue:
Circuit Ricardo Tormo (Spain) | Date: September 30th, 2012 | Weather: Sunny

By Mattias Persson

Felix produced a dominant performance to lead every lap of the third and final race of the Formula 3 Euro Series and FIA European F3 Championship round at Valencia, winning by over five seconds from Daniel Juncadella and establishing the fastest lap ever recorded at Circuit Ricardo Tormo in the process.

Felix - who endured a disappointing time on Saturday after grabbing the lead of Race 1 just to be handed a drive-through penalty shortly after the start - overcame his shadows to win comfortably on Sunday morning. After immediately shooting past pole-sitter Juncadella into Turn 1, Felix was never threatened by his rivals, and opened up a two-second lead after just one lap. The margin then gradually grew throughout the race, with Felix eventually winning by 5.472s from Juncadella.

To underline his pace further still, Felix also posted the fastest lap of the race - on the very final tour. His effort - 1m26.378s - marks an improvement of the previous lap record by a whopping 2.3 seconds. No one has ever driven faster around Circuit Ricardo Tormo in an F3 car.

COMMENT | FELIX
"A fantastic way to end what had been a tough weekend for me so far. Mücke Motorsport gave me a car that was better than ever before this weekend, and I can't thank them enough for that. Today's result proves what we could have done from the same position yesterday if it hadn't been for the penalties, and to establish a new lap record in the process is super. I'm really looking forward to the season finale at Hockenheim now, and I will be aiming to keep this form until then."

Results (top five)
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Pos Name Team Time
1 Felix Rosenqvist Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes 27 laps

2

Daniel Juncadella Prema Powerteam-Mercedes

+5.472s

3 Raffaele Marciello Prema Powerteam-Mercedes +14.968s

4

Pascal Wehrlein Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes

+18.734s

5

Tom Blomqvist ma-con Motorsport-Volkswagen

+22.385s






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