Felix Rosenqvist claimed the most significant victory of his career so far when he became the first Swede ever to win the prestigious RTL GP Masters of Formula 3 at Zandvoort on Sunday afternoon. Rosenqvist led the race, which is considered as one of the two most important on the international F3 calendar, from lights to flag and took the chequered flag more than five seconds clear of second-placed Marco Wittmann (Germany). To underline his performance even further, the Mücke Motorsport driver also set the fastest lap of the race on his debut in the classic event.
"A great feeling, and easily the sweetest victory so far in my career," says Felix Rosenqvist. "It is fantastic to have been able to give the team this success following all the hard work they have undertaken to help get us to this level, and the car felt supreme all weekend. Furthermore, I didn’t exactly make their situation easier by a 180 km/h crash in Saturday practice, so I really have to thank the team for their contribution to this victory. Our race pace enabled me to open up a gap shortly after the start, and then it was all about controlling the race and taking the car home."
The 19-year-old Värnamo resident qualified in third place on the grid for Sunday’s 25-lap race, but took the lead after just a handful of metres as he managed to steer clear of a multi-car pile-up on the run down to Turn 1. Rosenqvist then extended his lead with as much as one second per lap in the beginning of the race, and the victory places him on the same list of Masters of Formula 3 winners as the likes of Lewis Hamilton and David Coulthard.
"We will now celebrate this the way it should be celebrated, but then our focus will shift very quickly towards the next round of the Formula 3 Euro Series championship at Silverstone," Rosenqvist concludes. "I will remain in the Netherlands together with my team tonight, and I am already looking forward to getting back in the car again. It is great to have won this important race."
The Formula 3 Euro Series round at Silverstone (Great Britain) takes place on September 9-11.