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Felix suffers qualifying adversity at Vallelunga   

FIA Formula 3 European Championship | Round 9
Venue:
 Vallelunga (Italy) | Date: 12 October 2013 | Weather: Cloudy, wet patches on track

By Mattias Persson

FIA Formula 3 European Championship qualifying at Vallelunga ended in anguish for Felix on Saturday, after a broken suspension forced him to park his car in a gravel trap in the early stages of Q1 - leaving him last on the grid for the opening two races of the weekend.

The accident happened just minutes into the first of the two qualifying sessions, when Felix ran over the aggressive kerbs on the exit of the Turn 8 hairpin. The suspension on Felix's Mücke Motorsport machine then failed going into the subsequent Trincea corner, with Felix forced to sit out the rest of the session and watch his rivals improve their times on a rapidly drying track.

As a result, Felix will line up 27th and last on the grid for the first and second race of the weekend.

Following a furious effort by the Mücke Motorsport mechanics, Felix did get back out for the following Q2 session, although half of it was already gone when he took to the track. On his first flying lap, Felix produced a time just half a second shy of pole position, and instantly headed the internal Mücke Motorsport team rankings.

On his following tour, Felix impressively went within just hundredths of the sector one benchmark, only to run into traffic in the shape of championship rival Raffaele Marciello in sector two and being forced to abandon his charge.

Marciello, meanwhile, grabbed pole position for Races 1 and 3, with Prema Powerteam colleague Alex Lynn grabbing P1 on the grid for Race 2.

Race 1 gets underway at Vallelunga later this afternoon.


QUOTE | FELIX

"What can I say? It's obviously a big, big disappointment, and everything we weren't hoping for. I ran a bit wide over the exit kerb on the corner before, and then the suspension just broke going into the next left. I had no steering, and ended up in the gravel trap. 

"The team did a great job getting the car back out on track for the second session, so big thanks to them. We were lucky to get out at all, but I did miss half of the session and just got one "safe" lap in that was eventually good enough for 13th. On the following tour, I was actually just a couple of hundredths adrift of P1 going through the first sector, but then I ran into traffic in sector two and had to back off.

"We are obviously in a very difficult position now, but I can guarantee that I won't give up until it's over. It's probably going to be hard to overtake around here, but then again - who doesn't like a good challenge?"


Results - Q1 (top five) | Grid for Race 1

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Pos Name Team Time
1 Raffaele Marciello Prema Powerteam-Mercedes 1m29.564s

2

Alexander Sims ThreeBond with T-Sport-Nissan

+0.084s

3 Alex Lynn Prema Powerteam-Mercedes +0.125s

4

Daniil Kvyat Carlin-Volkswagen

+0.146s

5

Felix Serralles Fortec-Mercedes

+0.174s

27

Felix Rosenqvist  Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes 

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Results - Q1 - second-fastest times (top five) | Grid for Race 2

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Pos Name Team Time
1 Alex Lynn Prema Powerteam-Mercedes 1m29.794s

2

Raffaele Marciello Prema Powerteam-Mercedes

+0.007s

3 Daniil Kvyat Carlin-Volkswagen +0.025s

4

Alexander Sims ThreeBond with T-Sport-Nissan

+0.055s

5

Eddie Cheever Prema Powerteam-Mercedes

+0.133s

27

Felix Rosenqvist Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes

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Results - Q2 (top five) | Grid for Race 3

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Pos Name Team Time
1 Raffaele Marciello Prema Powerteam-Mercedes 1m29.329s

2

Luis Derani Fortec-Mercedes

+0.136s

3 Felix Serralles Fortec-Mercedes +0.139s

4

Alexander Sims ThreeBond with T-Sport-Nissan

+0.149s

5

Alex Lynn Prema Powerteam-Mercedes

+0.159s

13

Felix Rosenqvist Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes

+0.549s






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