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Felix takes second, claims maximum points in Race 1

FIA Formula 3 European Championship | Round 8
Venue:
Zandvoort (the Netherlands) | Date: 28 September 2013 | Weather: Sunny

By Mattias Persson

Felix finished second in the opening FIA Formula 3 European Championship race of the weekend at Zandvoort - but still claimed the maximum 25 points on offer as he came home behind non-championship runner Daniil Kvyat.

Starting the 20-lap event from third - his worst grid slot of the weekend with two pole positions coming up for the remaining two races among the dunes of Holland - Felix immediately challenged front-row man Alex Lynn off the line. Felix went for an early move around the outside of Lynn as they headed into Tarzan Bocht, but the Englishman would have none of it and defended his second place.

With Lucas Wolf having been forced to park his URD Rennsport machine at the Arie Luyendijkbocht before the start - and marshals unable to retrieve it as planned - the race was then neutralised by a safety car at the end of the first lap. Once action got back underway, Felix upped the pressure on Lynn once again, this time making another around-the-outside move at Tarzan stick in dramatic fashion - and claiming second.

From there - and after overcoming yet another safety car period - Felix would shadow eventual race winner Kvyat to the flag. Although the Red Bull-backed Carlin man has taken part in the majority of this year's FIA Formula 3 European Championship campaign (alongside his regular GP3 commitments), Kvyat's effective status as guest driver means he is ineligible for points, handing Felix the maximum 25 on offer to reduce the deficit to championship rival Raffaele Marciello from 72.5 to 59.5.

Marciello came home fifth.


QUOTE | FELIX

"That was a very good race for us. I got away well off the line and tried to overtake Alex around the outside of Tarzan, but he held firm and I had to remain behind. Following the first safety car restart, I then tried the same manoeuvre once again, and fortunately it worked out better; it was good, clean racing.

"The outcome of this race was perfect in many ways; partially because I scored the maximum points, but also because I ran on four used tyres. That leaves us with four new for the rest of the weekend, which should put us in a very strong position in the remaining two races - particularly since I'll start them both from pole position."


Results (top five)

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Pos Name Team Time
1 Daniil Kvyat Carlin-Volkswagen 20 laps

2

Felix Rosenqvist Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes

+2.859s

3 Alex Lynn Prema Powerteam-Mercedes +3.482s

4

Jordan King Carlin-Volkswagen

+6.828s

5

Raffaele Marciello Prema Powerteam-Mercedes

+7.431s







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