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Felix goes first, second in wet Red Bull Ring free practice

FIA Formula 3 European Championship | Round 5
 Red Bull Ring (Austria) | Date: 31 May 2013 | Weather: Rain

By Mattias Persson

Felix went second fastest in FIA Formula 3 European Championship free practice at the Red Bull Ring on Friday afternoon, splitting a quintet of Carlin cars in the top six as he proved at home with some very wet conditions.

Felix opened the first part of the two-stint session by going outright fastest by a full 0.561s, before eventually winding up second overall in the concluding segment after Red Bull junior Daniil Kvyat snatched top spot with less than a minute to go.

Kvyat's time - a 1m46.022s - was 0.222s faster than the effort posted by Felix, who in turn comfortably out-paced a trio of the Russian's Carlin team-mates led by Jann Mardenborough. Apart from Felix, no non-Carlin runner was able to lap within a second of Kvyat, with Felix Serralles placing his Fortec machine seventh on the timesheets - nine tenths down on Felix.

The other Mücke Motorsport drivers - Mitch Gilbert, Michael Lewis and Roy Nissany - wound up in 12th, 14th and 16th place respectively.

With the appalling conditions of practice set to remain largely unchanged for qualifying this evening, the grid-deciding sessions could well throw up the unexpected as the pursuit for pole position gets underway at 17.55 local time.

"The car felt strong, and I didn't have to push too hard to achieve the times I did; there's no point risking anything at this stage of the weekend. I was on a really quick lap towards the end of the session and was set to improve by quite a large margin, but made a mistake and decided to back off. I enjoy these conditions and am looking forward to qualifying in a few hours' time!" 

Results (top five)

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Pos Name Team Time
1 Daniil Kvyat Carlin-Volkswagen 1m46.022s


Felix Rosenqvist Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes


3 Jann Mardenborough Carlin-Volkswagen +0.578s


Nicholas Latifi Carlin-Volkswagen



Jordan King Carlin-Volkswagen


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