FIA Formula 3 European Championship | Round 8
Venue: Zandvoort (the Netherlands) | Date: 28 September 2013 | Weather: Clear, sunset
By Mattias Persson
Felix scored his seventh FIA Formula 3 European Championship triumph of the season by converting pole position into victory in the second race of the weekend at Zandvoort, as he reduced the gap to title rival Raffaele Marciello from 59.5 to 34.5 points.
The race was delayed by more than 30 minutes, following repairs to safety barriers after a series of heavy crashes in a preceding Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland event.
Once the lights went off, Felix transformed his P1 grid slot into an early lead and would never be headed, although a couple of safety car periods effectively wiped out his advantage on two occasions to set up a late-race charge from Alex Lynn (Prema Powerteam).
Felix, however - having left his Mücke Motorsport team chipping for air with a huge slide as he pushed the limits of his car at one of the restarts - kept his calm to win in controlled fashion, establishing a new all-time FIA Formula 3 European Championship lap record in the process (1m31.822s).
Marciello, meanwhile, suffered a pitch black event. Starting from seventh, the Italian stalled on the grid, and then never really got back into the game to eventually finish 16th. As a result, Felix shaved another 25 points off Marciello's championship advantage, meaning the gap is now down to just 34.5 points.
Felix will start tomorrow's concluding Race 3 from pole position, with Marciello setting off from fifth on the grid.
QUOTE | FELIX
"Simply fantastic. Our strategy was built around opening up a gap in the beginning of the race, which I managed to do - but then the safety car came out and made things a little bit difficult for us. I managed to pull away from Alex again after the restart, but then the same thing happened again - and that wasn't great for our plans.
"The tyres lost some temperature and I had a lot of graining towards the end, but I was able to control the lead and win the race. We have scored the maximum 50 points on offer today and have improved our situation in the championship massively, so I'd like to thank Mücke Motorsport for a perfect effort. We now have to try and repeat this success in the final race tomorrow, and I'm already focussed on what lies ahead."
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