FIA Formula 3 European Championship | Round 2
Venue: Silverstone (Great Britain) | Date: 13 April 2013 | Weather: Light rain
By Mattias Persson
Felix took his first win of the year with a stunning drive in a dramatic second race of the weekend at Silverstone, producing two spectacular overtaking moves as he fought his way back into the lead following an earlier safety car misunderstanding.
In what was easily the most action-packed race so far this year, Felix overtook pole-sitter Harry Tincknell at the start to grab an early lead. A pile-up further down the field, however, brought out the safety car - and the restart did not go according to plan...
With Felix believing that no overtaking could take place before the start/finish line, he found himself in shock when Tincknell and Will Buller suddenly dived past him into the preceding Vale/Club complex. The British duo were right to do so, however, as the safety car line - which marks the actual restart point during safety car periods - is positioned ahead of the start/finish post - and the mistake saw Felix drop down to third.
Determined to make amends for his error, Felix upped his pace to a level which saw him lap faster than anybody else on track, overtaking Buller for second place with a bold move around the outside of Brooklands halfway through the race.
It didn't take long for him to close the gap to Tincknell, and - three laps on from his Buller attack - Felix finally produced the move that had the entire Mücke Motorsport pitwall shaking from excitement. With two wheels on the grass, Felix muscled his way past the Carlin man to grab the lead in a manoeuvre similar to that which had previously given him P2, and then just drove away from his rivals to claim victory by 3.5 seconds.
Prema Powerteam duo Raffaele Marciello and Lucas Auer also got past Tincknell in the closing stages, and joined Felix on the podium as the Swedish national anthem rang out over Silverstone. The triumph sees Felix jump into third place in the overall standings, 29.5 points behind Marciello who still leads.
The second-best Mücke Motorsport result was scored by Michael Lewis, who came home 11th.
The final race of the weekend takes place tomorrow morning, with Felix set to start from third on the grid.
QUOTE | FELIX
"This was one of the most fun races I've ever driven, and to be able to win in this manner feels absolutely fantastic! I simply hated myself for making the mistake I made at the restart - it will never happen again - but it also made me massively motivated to fight back; I had to win this race after all the hard work put in by the team.
"The car was amazing, and so were the fights with Buller and Tincknell. The team deserved this victory - they are incredible - and it was good to prove that we belong on the top step of the podium following the problems we suffered at Monza. It's still one race to go this weekend, and we now have to make sure we make the most of that and leave Britain with as strong a position in the championship as we possibly can."
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