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Felix comes home sixth in final Vallelunga race

FIA Formula 3 European Championship | Round 9
Venue:
Vallelunga (Italy) | Date: 13 October 2013 | Weather: Sunny

By Mattias Persson

Felix brought the FIA Formula 3 European Championship round at Vallelunga to a close by finishing sixth in the final race of the weekend, as he again rose from a lowly grid position to bring home further vital championship points.

The race got off to a frantic start, with cars spinning off the track and a stalled Eddie Cheever being hit by Nicholas Latifi on the grid. The safety car was duly called out to calm the field down.

Before the race got underway, Lucas Auer stalled as the cars headed out on the formation lap. According to FIA Formula 3 European Championship rules, the Austrian should have then started the race from the back of the grid, but for some reason he was allowed to take up his original grid slot and spent the opening parts of action right ahead of Felix (who had started 13th).

Felix eventually muscled past to grab sixth place, and immediately put Carlin's Jordan King under pressure. An apparent "brake test" at the Turn 8 hairpin, however, saw Felix run into the back of King's slowing Dallara, earning the Englishman a warning for dangerous behaviour.

As the flag fell, Felix came home sixth, while Raffaele Marciello won to open up a 45.5-point gap going into the season finale at Hockenheim next weekend. The result, however, means that Felix has now sealed at least second place in the 2013 FIA Formula 3 European Championship - and will head to Germany with everything to win.


QUOTE | FELIX

"An OK outcome, but in all honesty, I'm actually rather disappointed with some behaviours and decisions in this race. I really cannot understand why Lucas (Auer) was allowed to take up his position on the grid - I was stuck behind him for a lot of laps, when I shouldn't have been - and I'm particularly disappointed with Jordan King's brake test at the hairpin. That is exactly the type of manoeuvre you don't want to see at this level. Furthermore, there was a lot of overtaking under yellow flags on the opening laps.

"Results-wise, this has been a tough weekend for us, although we did eventually manage to salvage everything we could in the end. Our weekend was practically destroyed by one tenth of bad luck in qualifying, but we also haven't had a great car here this weekend and it would have been tough to challenge for wins either way.

"I'm now looking forward to Hockenheim - which is a track both I and the team know very well - and I will be giving it absolutely everything."


Results (top five)

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Pos Name Team Time
1 Raffaele Marciello Prema Powerteam-Mercedes 22 laps

2

Luis Derani Fortec Motorsports-Mercedes

+3.955s

3 Alexander Sims ThreeBond with T-Sport-Nissan +4.698s

4

Alex Lynn Prema Powerteam-Mercedes

+6.849s

5

Jordan King Carlin-Volkswagen

+15.901s

6

Felix Rosenqvist   Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes

 +16.788s







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