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Felix leads wet Silverstone practice

FIA Formula 3 European Championship | Round 2
 Silverstone (Great Britain) | Date: 12 April 2013 | Weather: Rain

By Mattias Persson

Felix kicked off the second round of the 2013 FIA Formula 3 European Championship by duplicating his Monza performance to go fastest in the opening free practice session on Friday morning.

Felix finished second - less than half a tenth behind championship leader Raffaele Marciello - in the opening segment of the two-part session, but shot to the top in the subsequent 40 minutes of running as he went 1.3 seconds quicker than Marciello had managed in session one.

The track dried out towards the end, which saw lap times drop dramatically over the closing minutes, with Felix eventually coming out on top ahead of Antonio Giovinazzi (Double R Racing) and new Mücke Motorsport team-mate Michael Lewis.

Felix suffered no incidents in a session which otherwise featured plenty of drama throughout the field, and - before posting his pacesetting effort - had been on his way to an even faster lap only to be forced to slow down as he came across a spinning André Rudersdorf in the final sector.

Qualifying is set to take place at 15.20 local time (BST).

"A good start to our weekend. The balance in the car feels good - perhaps slightly too much oversteer for my taste - and I didn't have to push over-excessively to do the times I did. I was actually six tenths up on my best effort on the previous lap, but had to back off in the final sector because of yellow flags. The pace seemed good, but it's still just practice and all we can do now is work as hard as possible to ensure we head into qualifying in the best way we can." 

Results (top five)

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Pos Name Team Time
1 Felix Rosenqvist Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes 2m10.632s


Antonio Giovinazzi Double R Racing-Mercedes


3 Michael Lewis Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes +0.164s


Harry Tincknell Carlin-Volkswagen



Raffaele Marciello Prema Powerteam-Mercedes


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