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The season so far - Paul Ricard, Hockenheim and Zandvoort in numbers  

They say that time flies when you're having fun - and if that statement is anything to go by, the start to the Formula 3 Euro Series season has provided plenty of entertainment so far in 2011. With one third of the championship already completed, Felix has made a strong impression on the establishment in one of the most competitive single-seater series on the junior stage after scoring five podiums in the first nine races. We have taken a closer look at Felix's road towards his current third place in the overall standings, and how his pace in the opening three rounds has made him the top championship neophyte...

Round 1
Circuit Paul Ricard, France

Free Practice: 6, +0.977s
Qualifying: 6, +1.212s
Race 1: 2
Race 2: 4
Race 3: DNF
Points: 18 + 5 = 23

As if Formula 3 Euro Series wasn't going to be a tough enough proposition as it was, the 2011 season-opener took place at a venue where Felix completely lacked previous experience. After a cautious start to practice and qualifying - where it soon became apparent that the 2-kilometre Mistral Straight was going to play an important role throughout the weekend - Felix crossed the line in second place in his first-ever race in the championship to kick his relationship with Mücke Motorsport off in emphatic fashion. A broken drive shaft in Race 3 (when he looked on course for another podium) cost Felix valuable points, but despite the setback, the French curtain-raiser still stood out as a huge success.


Championship position: 5
Championship points: 23
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Round 2
Hockenheim, Germany

Free Practice: 8, +0.671s
Qualifying: 5, +0.431s
Race 1: 5
Race 2: 5
Race 3: 3
Points: 10 + 4 + 15 = 29

The second round of the season took the championship to legendary grounds, as Hockenheim simultaneously played host to both Formula 3 Euro Series and the new-for-2011 FIA Formula 3 International Trophy "world cup". The number of participators grew when British F3 outfit Carlin joined the action, but the battle for glory remained a close contest between the regular Formula 3 Euro Series competitors. Felix went quicker and quicker as the weekend progressed, and finished the event off in style by taking to the podium again after chasing 2010 runner-up and local hero Marco Wittmann throughout the concluding race of the weekend - eventually taking the chequered flag less than half a second behind the Signature driver.


Championship position: 5
Championship points: 52
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Round 3
Circuit Park Zandvoort, the Netherlands

Free Practice: 2, +0.225s 
Qualifying: 3, +0.113s
Race 1: 2
Race 2: 3 (fastest lap)
Race 3: 2
Points: 18 + 6 + 18 = 42

Felix once again proved to be unfazed by the challenges of a new venue as he wasted little time learning the nature of the Zandvoort circuit for the first time. Having gone fastest in the first part of free practice on Friday, Felix remained a constant frontrunner throughout the weekend as he scored more points than any of his rivals in the Netherlands after three podiums in three races. Zandvoort also presented Felix with his maiden fastest lap in a Formula 3 Euro Series race, posted during a storming drive from seventh to third in the reverse grid Race 2.


Championship position: 3
Championship points: 94
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The rest of the 2011 calendar:

3-5 June      Red Bull Ring     Austria 
1-3 July      Norisring      Germany 
5-7 August      Nürburgring      Germany 
9-11 September      Silverstone      Great Britain 
30 Sep - 2 Oct      Valencia      Spain
21-23 October      Hockenheim      Germany 









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