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“FIA F3: Rosenqvist takes race 3 honours at Hockenheim”

May 5, 2013

© FIA.

© FIA.

Felix Rosenqvist stormed to victory at the final FIA European F3 race at the Hockenheimring this morning.

The Swede led from start to finish, while the distant pack shuffled positions in his mirrors.

Coming home 4.8 shy of the winner, Felix Serralles (Fortec) grabbed his second podium of the season with a fine 2nd place, half-a-second clear of guest racer Daniil Kvyat.

A stellar start by Rosenqvist saw him jump from 4th to the lead by the opening turn, with a challenge initially coming from Jordan King (briefly) and later Serralles.

Resisting the pressure, Rosenqvist built a lead of 0.8s in the opening two circulations, only for the race to be briefly neutralised with a safety car thanks to a four-way smash in the mid-pack.
Going green on lap six, Rosenqvist surged ahead of Serralles and King; the latter pressing for the lead, before dropping back into 3rd. From there, Rosenqvist extended his lead, ensuring a safe gap by race end.

Serralles may not have challenged Rosenqvist too closely, but he spent much of the running heading a pack containing King, Kvyat and Raffaele Marciello.
Indeed King grabbed 2nd spot from Serralles on lap seven; however a failed dive for the lead at Mercedes on lap ten left King in a weakened position, allowing Serralles to retake the position in the Sachskurve.

Kvyat swept passed King a laps later for the final podium place, after several laps under Marciello’s microscope, with the championship leader also taking King on lap 13 to settle 4th and 5th.
Alex Lynn came home 6th in his Prema machine. The Essex racer had originally jumped Marciello at the start, only for the positions to swap again on lap nine. Lynn also endured several laps under pressure from Sven Muller, until the ma-con racer clattered the rear of Lynn late on.
Muller had enough of a gap over Tom Blomqvist (8th, EuroInternational) to not worry about attacks from the rear, while Eddie Cheever took a respectable 9th. Pipo Derani rounded out the top ten. With Kvyat not scoring as a guest driver, Lucas Wolf took the final point in 11th place.

The lap three safety car came when Andre Rudersdorf tipped the left-rear of Roy Nissany as they straightened out following the hairpin. From there, an out of control Nissany hit the innocent Spike Goddard, before pitching hard into the side of Sean Gelael. For his woes, Rudersdorf bounced off of Nissany and into the outside barrier. All four retired on the spot.

2013 FIA European Championship (Rd 3, Race 3)
Pos Driver              Team/Car                       Time/Gap
 1. Felix Rosenqvist    Mucke Dallara-Merc             35m48.454s
 2. Felix Serralles     Prema Dallara-Merc               + 4.841s
 3. Daniil Kvyat        Carlin Dallara-VW                + 5.340s
 4. Raffaele Marciello  Prema Dallara-Merc               + 6.580s
 5. Jordan King         Carlin Dallara-VW                + 7.178s
 6. Alex Lynn           Prema Dallara-Merc               + 7.768s
 7. Sven Muller         Ma-con Dallara-VW                + 8.930s
 8. Tom Blomqvist       EuroInternational Dallara-VW    + 16.563s
 9. Eddie Cheever       Prema Dallara-Merc              + 17.586s
10. Pipo Derani         Fortec Dallara-Merc             + 18.613s
11. Lucas Wolf          URD Dallara-Merc                + 19.071s
12. Lucas Auer          Prema Dallara-Merc              + 19.621s
13. Josh Hill           Fortec Dallara-Merc             + 19.880s
14. Dennis van de Laar  Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW       + 21.942s
15. Nicholas Latifi     Carlin Dallara-VW               + 22.527s
16. Michael Lewis       Prema Dallara-Merc              + 24.355s
17. Will Buller         T-Sport Dallara-Nissan          + 25.289s
18. Mitchell Gilbert    Mucke Dallara-Merc              + 26.208s
19. Mans Grenhagen      Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW       + 32.856s
20. Ed Jones            Fortec Dallara-Merc             + 35.853s
21. Sandro Zeller       Zeller Dallara-Merc             + 36.712s
22. Jann Mardenborough  Carlin Dallara-VW               + 37.679s
23. Tatiana Calderon    Double R Dallara-Merc           + 38.472s
24. Antonio Giovinazzi  Double R Dallara-Merc         + 1m17.976s
25. Harry Tincknell     Carlin Dallara-VW                 + 1 lap
Retirements:
    Andre Rudersdorf    Ma-con Dallara-VW                +19 laps
    Roy Nissany         Mucke Dallara-Merc               +19 laps
    Spike Goddard       T-Sport Dallara-Nissan           +19 laps
    Sean Gelael         Double R Dallara-Merc            +19 laps
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