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Felix stages pole position attack in competitive qualifying performance 

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

By Mattias Persson

Felix found himself locked in a massive scrap for pole position throughout FIA Formula 3 European Championship qualifying at the Red Bull Ring, eventually ending up second on the grid - just 0.040 seconds shy of top spot - for tomorrow's opening race and third for the subsequent two events of the weekend.

As expected, qualifying was hit by rain, with Felix immediately proving that his free practice pace from earlier today was no fluke by fighting out a two-way battle for Race 1 pole with Red Bull youngster Daniil Kvyat. Felix looked to have settled the score with one minute remaining, only for the Russian to improve by a fraction on his final flying lap and demoting Felix to second - by the ungraspable margin of 0.040 seconds.

On the chart covering second-fastest lap times (used to determine the Race 2 grid), Felix had to make do with third behind Kvyat and Lucas Wolf - who produced easily the strongest qualifying showing of his career so far. Championship leader Raffaele Marciello, meanwhile, could "only" manage 13th and 16th respectively for tomorrow's two heats, on a day when the champion Prema Powerteam outfit struggled for performance.

Qualifying 2 saw Felix once more joining the battle for pole (this time for Race 3), eventually wounding up third despite having suffered from less-than-optimum operating temperatures in his Hankook tyres. With Kvyat securing pole ahead of a back-to-form Marciello, Felix will start this weekend's three races from second, third and third. 

QUOTE | FELIX
"We have to be pleased with the outcome of these two sessions, and have set ourselves up strongly for the rest of the weekend. Q1 went more or less according to plan, but Q2 could definitely have yielded much more if I'd got the tyres up to temperature more successfully. Still, third is not a bad place to start from around here, and I'm happy with that.

"We have been fast all day - both in practice and qualifying - and I do have a very good feeling behind the wheel here at the Red Bull Ring. I also have some unfinished business at this track, so I will do whatever I can to finally transform these qualifying results into solid points in the races. I think we have a realistic shot at winning this weekend - come wet or dry - and I am up for the challenge." 


Results - Q1 (top five) | Grid for Race 1

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Pos Name Team Time
1 Daniil Kvyat Carlin-Volkswagen 1m43.825s

2

Felix Rosenqvist Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes

+0.040s

3 Lucas Wolf URD Rennsport-Mercedes +0.289s

4

Eddie Cheever Prema Powerteam-Mercedes

+0.457s

5

Jordan King Carlin-Volkswagen

+0.648s


Results - Q1 - second-fastest times (top five) | Grid for Race 2

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Pos Name Team Time
1 Daniil Kvyat Prema Powerteam-Mercedes 1m44.052s

2

Lucas Wolf EuroInternational-Mercedes

+0.226s

3 Felix Rosenqvist Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes +0.316s

4

Nicholas Latifi Carlin-Volkswagen

+0.600s

5

Josh Hill Fortec Motorsport-Mercedes

+0.733s


Results - Q2 (top five) | Grid for Race 3

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Pos Name Team Time
1 Daniil Kvyat Carlin-Volkswagen 1m43.956s

2

Raffaele Marciello Prema Powerteam-Mercedes

+0.453s

3 Felix Rosenqvist Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes +0.553s

4

Jordan King Carlin-Volkswagen

+1.133s

5

Nicholas Latifi Carlin-Volkswagen

+1.378s






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