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Felix blasts to emphatic Zandvoort double pole

FIA Formula 3 European Championship | Round 8
Venue:
 Zandvoort (the Netherlands) | Date: 27 September 2013 | Weather: Sunny

By Mattias Persson

Felix reinforced his reputation as a Zandvoort specialist by putting in a storming performance in FIA Formula 3 European Championship qualifying on Friday evening, blitzing the field to snatch pole position for Sunday's Race 3 by more than four tenths of a second - and grabbing another P1 slot on the grid for Saturday's Race 2.

Felix got qualifying underway with third place in the opening 20-minute session, handing him a row two grid slot for tomorrow's Race 1. He looked certain to improve on a late charge following a red-flag interruption, however, only to encounter traffic in the shape of André Rudersdorf in the final corner of a lap on which - at the time - he was two tenths up through the second sector. As it was, Felix had to make do with third behind Daniil Kvyat - who put in a splendid lap in his Carlin machine - and Alex Lynn.

On the list charting second-fastest efforts, though - used to set up the Race 2 grid - Felix came out on top, his 1m31.133s lap handing him pole position as he overhauled both Kvyat and Lynn.

It was in the second session, however, that Felix really came to the fore. A furious first couple of laps established him at the top of the timesheets by a comfortable margin - and he would never look back. In what was one of the most emphatic performances of 2013, Felix threw in a best lap of 1m30.242s to improve on his own benchmark from this year's Masters of Formula 3 by a full six tenths, posting one of the fastest times ever seen in an F3 car around Zandvoort.

Championship protagonist Raffaele Marciello wound up fifth, seventh and fifth respectively on the three grids, giving Felix a golden opportunity to reduce the Italian's current 72.5-point lead in the overall standings as the duo continue to battle it out for outright glory.

Race 1 takes centre stage tomorrow morning.


QUOTE | FELIX

"That wasn't too bad! The car has felt fantastic all day - the team has done a great job, just like they did over the Masters weekend a few months back - and to be able to do a 30.2 lap around here really emphasises that fact.

"I had some problems getting the tyres up to temperature in the first session, and the traffic cost me at least a spot on the front row. It wasn't a disaster considering the two subsequent poles, but it still could have been a slightly better day.

All in all, however, we obviously have to be pleased with today, and we're well-placed for three strong races. We now have to make sure we come up with a competitive race set-up; and if we do, we should be in very good shape for the rest of the weekend."


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

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Pos Name Team Time
1 Daniil Kvyat Carlin-Volkswagen 1m30.653s

2

Alex Lynn Prema Powerteam-Mercedes

+0.401s

3 Felix Rosenqvist Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes +0.468s

4

Jordan King Carlin-Volkswagen

+0.573s

5

Raffaele Marciello Prema Powerteam-Mercedes

+0.649s


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

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Pos Name Team Time
1 Felix Rosenqvist Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes 1m31.133s

2

Daniil Kvyat Carlin-Volkswagen

+0.130s

3 Alex Lynn Prema Powerteam-Mercedes +0.155s

4

Jordan King Carlin-Volkswagen

+0.221s

5

Harry Tincknell Carlin-Volkswagen

+0.261s


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

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Pos Name Team Time
1 Felix Rosenqvist Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes 1m30.242s

2

Daniil Kvyat Carlin-Volkswagen

+0.427s

3 Jordan King Carlin-Volkswagen +0.479s

4

Alex Lynn Prema Powerteam-Mercedes

+0.513s

5

Raffaele Marciello Prema Powerteam-Mercedes

+0.544s






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