FIA Formula 3 European Championship | Round 2
Venue: Silverstone (Great Britain) | Date: 14 April 2013 | Weather: Wet but drying
By Mattias Persson
Felix completed the FIA Formula 3 European Championship round at Silverstone by scoring his third podium in as many races, following a highly dramatic battle for victory with championship rival Raffaele Marciello in a thrilling event.
After grabbing the lead at the start, Felix built up a gap of more than two seconds to the chasing Alex Lynn on the opening lap, only to see his advantage disappear when the safety car was deployed moments later.
Having learned from his error of yesterday - when a confused restart saw him lose his lead - Felix would not make the same mistake again and duly started to pull away from his rivals once more as racing resumed.
Behind him, Marciello made progress to overtake Lynn for second, and - shod with four new Hankook tyres as opposed to Felix's range of all-used slicks - closed the gap to his Mücke Motorsport rival to start putting him under severe pressure.
Despite Marciello enjoying a clear pace advantage, Felix displayed a masterpiece of defensive driving to withstand the attacks of the Italian up until the penultimate lap, when he eventually had to give way on the run into Stowe Corner. Before the dice was finally settled, the pair had been wheel-to-wheel several times, both professional enough not to make contact as they fought for the 25 points on offer.
Felix's second place meant that he celebrated a clean-sweep of podiums this weekend, leaving Silverstone in second place in the standings behind Marciello. No other driver has managed to score as many points as Felix over the course of the three races of the British round.
QUOTE | FELIX
"Raffaele and I had a great fight, with lots of respect for each other and some very nice battles. At the end, I had to relinquish the lead as I made a small mistake onto Hangar Straight, but it was always going to be difficult to keep him at bay since he had four brand new tyres for this race. I obviously did my best nonetheless, but it just wasn't enough this time. Still, second place and yet another podium marks a strong conclusion to a fantastic weekend for me, and we have managed to score more points than anyone else here at Silverstone. I'm happy, and the team has done a great job once again."
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