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“FIA F3: Rosenqvist powers to victory at Silverstone”

April 13, 2013

© FIA.

© FIA.

Mucke Motorsport’s Felix Rosenqvist overcame a error under safety car to charge to an emphatic and brilliant victory at Silverstone in the second FIA European Formula 3 race of the weekend.

In the middle distance, Raffaele Marciello picked up 2nd place following an early off, while Lucas Auer completed the podium despite a poor start.

Following a start line clash that neutralised the field for three laps, Rosenqvist made a slow getaway at the restart, allowing Harry Tincknell (Carlin) and Will Buller (T-Sport) through to assume the front two positions.
Rosenqvist held his nerve through the following laps, eventually catching and passing Buller with a truly sublime move around the around of Brooklands on the eighth tour. The Mucke man had been eyeing up the move for several corners, as he darted in and out of Buller’s sight line, used his mainly orange liveried machine to distract the Northern Irish racer.

Once dispatched, Rosenqvist drew up to the rear of Tincknell, pressurising the Englishman, before attempting – unsuccessfully – to move around the outside of Brooklands and Copse.
Not to be deterred, Rosenqvist caught Tincknell once again and finally made a move stick on lap ten – again around the outside of Brooklands, only in this instance, Tincknell made the pass a tough one.

Using all of the road to defend, Rosenqvist ran slightly wide as Luffield unfolded; however the 21-year-old kept his line, barging by the Englishman. From there, Rosenqvist was untroubled from behind, increasing his lead to the next man to 4.9 seconds, before easing up in the final tours. “I had a good start, but I messed up the restart after the safety car. I reckon, I should have read the regulations better and I apologise for this move,” said a somewhat embarrassed race winner. He continued, “After that, I was determined to win this race at all costs. My car was fast and I was able to overtake William Buller and Harry Tincknell. The move against Harry was a close one, but I knew that I wouldn’t have many chances and I had to use this one.”

Marciello’s run up the order was somewhat more adventurous. An off at Brooklands on the opening lap dropped the Italian to 9th; however that immediately became 6th when Sven Muller missed his braking point, but not Mans Grenhagen and Nicholas Latifi at the restart.
Moves on Josh Hill (lap 5), Tom Blomqvist (lap 11) and Tincknell (lap 15) followed, with the final position coming when on the eleventh lap Buller dipped a tyre on a wet patch in Village, spinning the T-Sport driver around. Despite his scything through the field, Marciello thought his race a conservative one: “After the start, I was second, but then I made a mistake and I dropped back to ninth. After the safety car, I was able to make up a few places again. However, I didn’t want to take too many risks, because I didn’t want to risk a non-score.”

For Auer, the Austrian almost stalled in 1st gear off the start line, dropping to 11th place in the process. Like Marciello, Auer picked up three spots from the Muller / Grenhagen / Latifi tangle, before he too scythed by Jordan King (lap 7), Hill (lap 9), Buller (during his spin), Blomqvist (lap 12) and Tincknell (also on lap 15).
It was a result that left the Austrian very happy: “My start was quite good, but then my car was stuck in first gear and I lost a few positions. After the safety car had left the track again, I was able to move up to the front, together with my team-mate Raffaele. I am very happy with third place.”

Tincknell would eventually claim 4th spot, although under the focus of Blomqvist (5th), Alex Lynn (6th) and Hill (7th) – all of whom were covered by 1.2 seconds at the flag.
It was quite a comeback for Lynn as well – the Englishman spun on the opening lap, falling from 2nd to 9th, but he began to peel his way back up the order. Lynn made a last lap move on Hill to depose the Englishman; a disappointment, considering Hill had started in 16th spot.
Pipo Derani took more points home with 8th, ahead of the recovering Buller (9th), while Eddie Cheever rounded out the top ten.

The initial safety car period came about when Double R’s Antonio Giovinazzi stalled on the grid, only to be rear ended by Felix Serralles, who was then clipped by Jann Mardenborough.

2013 FIA European F3 Championship (Rd 2, Race 2; 18 laps)
Pos  Driver               Team/Car                          Time/Gap
 1.  Felix Rosenqvist     Mucke Dallara-Merc              36m10.418s
 2.  Raffaelle Marciello  Prema Dallara-Merc                + 3.507s
 3.  Lucas Auer           Prema Dallara-Merc                + 5.069s
 4.  Harry Tincknell      Carlin Dallara-VW                 + 8.227s
 5.  Tom Blomqvist        Eurointernational Dallara-Merc    + 8.326s
 6.  Alex Lynn            Prema Dallara-Merc                + 9.077s
 7.  Josh Hill            Fortec Dallara-Merc               + 9.466s
 8.  Pipo Derani          Fortec Dallara-Merc              + 12.645s
 9.  Will Buller          T-Sport Dallara-Nissan           + 13.289s
10.  Eddie Cheever        Prema Dallara-Merc               + 14.808s
11.  Michael Lewis        Mucke Dallara-Merc               + 15.323s
12.  Dennis van der Laar  Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW        + 16.970s
13.  Lucas Wolf           URD Dallara-Merc                 + 21.843s
14.  Mitchell Gilbert     Mucke Dallara-Merc               + 24.127s
15.  Spike Goddard        T-Sport Dallara-Nissan           + 24.730s
16.  Sean Geleal          Double R Dallara-Merc            + 27.346s
17.  Andre Rudersdorf     Ma-con Dallara-VW                + 37.145s
18.  Roy Nissany          Mucke Dallara-Merc               + 42.443s
19.  Tatiana Calderan     Double R Dallara-Merc            + 45.177s
20.  Sandro Zeller        Zeller Dallara-Merc              + 50.793s
Retirements:
     Mans Grenhagen       Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW          15 laps
     Jordan King          Carlin Dallara-VW                  14 laps
     Gary Thompson        Ferraris Dallara-Merc              14 laps
     Nicholas Latifi      Carlin Dallara-VW                   3 laps
     Sven Muller          Ma-con Dallara-VW                   2 laps
     Felix Serralles      Fortec Dallara-Merc                 0 laps
     Antonio Giovanazzi   Double R Dallara-Merc               0 laps
     Jann Mardenborough   Carlin Dallara-VW                   0 laps
2013 FIA European Formula 3 Championship (Rd 2, Race 2)
Drivers' Championship
Pos Driver              Points
 1. Raffaele Marciello    81.5
 2. Harry Tincknell       61
 3. Felix Rosenqvist      52
 4. Lucas Auer            51
 5. Pascal Wehrlein       49
 6. Alex Lynn             45.5
 7. Tom Blomqvist         26.5
 8. Will Buller           23
 9. Felix Serralles       18
10. Pipo Derani           11

Teams' Championship
Pos Team               Points
 1. Prema Powerteam      135
 2. Mucke Motorsport     109
 3. Carlin                80
 4. Fortec                46
 5. ThreeBond w/T-Sport   35
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