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Felix claims first podium of 2013

FIA Formula 3 European Championship | Round 2
Venue:
Silverstone (Great Britain) | Date: 13 April 2013 | Weather: Cloudy and partly wet

By Mattias Persson

Felix scored his first podium of the 2013 FIA Formula 3 European Championship season by coming home third in the opening race of the weekend at Silverstone.

Starting from third place on the grid, Felix - as per usual - got away well off the line to immediately shoot past front-row starter Alex Lynn and right onto the tail of pole-sitter Harry Tincknell.

An aggressive opening lap then saw Felix challenge Tincknell for the lead into the ultra-fast Copse Corner on the back of the track, only to end up with two wheels on the run-off area as the Englishman defended his line. The situation saw Lynn grab the opportunity of reclaiming second place, with Felix duly ending the first tour in the same position from which he commenced it.

From there, the race settled in, as the leading trio gradually built a gap over the rest of the field. Felix eventually took the chequered flag 4.4 seconds adrift of race winner Tincknell, and 2.4 ahead of fourth-placed Lucas Auer.

A strategic move from Mücke Motorsport saw Felix start the race on just two new tyres - as opposed to Lynn and Tincknell who both opted to fit four fresh Hankooks onto their cars. In theory at least, this should hand Felix a competitive advantage over the remaining two races at the meeting, as teams are limited to just three new sets of tyres for qualifying and all three races.

Felix now sits in sixth place in the championship standings, with further opportunities to make up further ground in just a few hours as he starts this afternoon's Race 2 from the front row.

QUOTE | FELIX
"It's nice to be back on the podium. I made a good start and overtook Alex, and then I felt quite a lot quicker than Harry on the opening lap. The move into Copse didn't quite stick, though, and instead I lost a place to Alex. Still, I don't think I would have been able to stay ahead of him throughout the race anyway, because he and Harry did have an advantage - thanks in part to starting the race on four new tyres. I suffered from a lot of oversteer and we still have some work to do before we're truly where we want to be, but we're definitely getting there. My focus is already on the next race, where I will try to make the most of my front-row slot on the grid." 


Results (top five)

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Pos Name Team Time
1 Harry Tincknell Carlin-Volkswagen 18 laps

2

Alex Lynn Prema Powerteam-Mercedes

+0.960s

3 Felix Rosenqvist Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes +4.435s

4

Lucas Auer Prema Powerteam-Mercedes

+6.889s

5

Nicholas Latifi Carlin-Volkswagen

+10.276s







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