“Marciello takes final FIA F3 race at Brands”

Another win for Marciello. © FIA.
Another win for Marciello. © FIA.

Raffaele Marciello romped to his seventh FIA European Formula 3 victory of the season, in a commanding display that saw him first hold off Alex Lynn and then later Lucas Auer.

After a solid start, the Prema Powerteam racer pulled alongside Lynn off the line, holding his line around the outside of Paddock Hill Bend, before solidifying the move in Druids.

From there, Marciello maintained a small gap up, with Lynn refusing to give up on the victory.

It all came to naught for Lynn on lap 15, when the Essex racer spun exiting Paddock Hill, spinning to a stop and stalling halfway up the short chute to Druids.
Much of the pack dodged the stranded Prema car – all that is, except Lynn’s teammate Eddie Cheever III, who clipped the rear of Lynn, forcing both into retirement and forcing a safety car call.

With Lynn out, Auer rose to 2nd, but his challenge under green proved ill effective against the confident might of Marciello. The Italian had drawn a 2.1 second lead come the 46th tour, before easing off at the approach to the chequered flag. “Like yesterday, [the start] is the key to good race. Alex was next to me in the first corner, but I was a bit in front of him. The lapping was good – today with the safety car was easier, but everybody was close.”

Auer assumed a comfortable 2nd place to make it three podiums for the Austrian, admitting too that avoiding Lynn was no big issue. “It was easy to avoid [Lynn]; he spun and I had enough space to pass him and after that, we had a safety car. At the restart, I was at one time quite close to Marciello and I pushed quite hard, but then I lost my tyres a bit.

With the halfway point in the series only a round away, Auer is rather circumspect about his championship chances, but is pleased with what he has achieved so far. “Only Marciello is quite far away in the championship, but for the rest, we are quite tight. It is a long season, but this weekend was really good for points.”

Carlin’s Harry Tincknell grabbed 3rd, following a tense race long battle with Felix Rosenqvist and Sven Muller. The English squad worked hard over night to fix a suspension problem that had hampered Tincknell all weekend. “The pace was much stronger today. Last night we found a small problem with the car, which was affecting us in the first couple of races. We were struggling a little bit, but starting 4th today, we had a good chance for a podium. It was a small problem with the suspension, nothing major – we were struggling in high speed corners and today it was much better.”
Despite his issues, the Englishman was happy with the eventual outcome. “My pace after the safety car was quite good, but not enough to stay with the front two. It’s good to spoil the Prema party slightly this weekend.”

There was another 4.5s gap to 6th place man Tom Blomqvist, while Lucas Wolf took a confidence boosting 7th for URD Rennsport. Nicholas Latifi came home 8th, ahead of Roy Nissany (scoring his first points) and Antonio Giovinazzi, the latter of whom grabbed 10th despite stalling at the start.

There was chaotic period following the safety car when Josh Hill, Felix Serralles, Daniil Kvyat, Spike Goddard, Mitch Gilbert, Will Buller, Sean Gelael, Michele Cerruti, and Jordan King all picked up drive through penalties for setting their fastest sectors in a caution zone.
Following his suspension, Mans Grenhagen returned to action today, only to go off by himself at Druids on lap six.

2013 FIA European F3 Championship (Rd 4, Race 3; 48 laps)
Pos Driver              Team/Car                       Time/Gap
 1. Raffaelle Marciello Prema Dallara-Merc             35m03.945s
 2. Lucas Auer          Prema Dallara-Merc               + 1.865s
 3. Harry Tincknell     Carlin Dallara-VW                + 5.743s
 4. Felix Rosenqvist    Mucke Dallara-Merc               + 6.244s
 5. Sven Muller         Ma-con Dallara-VW                + 6.962s
 6. Tom Blomqvist       Eurointernational Dallara-VW    + 11.523s
 7. Lucas Wolf          URD Dallara-VW                  + 15.039s
 8. Nicholas Latifi     Carlin Dallara-VW               + 17.983s
 9. Roy Nissany         Mucke Dallara-Merc              + 21.489s
10. Antonio Giovinazzi  Double R Dallara-Merc           + 22.454s
11. Andre Rudersdorf    Ma-con Dallara-VW               + 27.466s
12. Jordan King         Carlin Dallara-VW               + 27.795s
13. Will Buller         T-Sport Dallara-Nissan          + 31.167s
14. Josh Hill           Fortec Dallara-Merc             + 31.572s
15. Daniil Kvyat        Carlin Dallara-VW               + 32.907s
16. Sandro Zeller       Zeller Dallara-Merc               + 1 lap
17. Felix Serralles     Fortec Dallara-Merc               + 1 lap
18. Pipo Derani         Fortec Dallara-Merc               + 1 lap
19. Spike Goddard       T-Sport Dallara-Nissan            + 1 lap
20. Michela Cerruti     Ferraris Dallara-Merc             + 1 lap
21. Tatiana Calderon    Double R Dallara-Merc             + 1 lap
   Sean Gelael         Double R Dallara-Merc              +6 laps
   Mitchell Gilbert    Mucke Dallara-Merc                +11 laps
   Alex Lynn           Prema Dallara-Merc                +14 laps
   Eddie Cheever       Prema Dallara-Merc                +34 laps
   Mans Grenhagen      Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW         +42 laps
   Dennis van de Laar  Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW         +47 laps
   Jann Mardenborough  Carlin Dallara-VW                 +47 laps
2013 FIA European F3 Championship points standings (Rd 4)
Pos Driver               Points
 1. Raffaele Marciello   239.5
 2. Felix Rosenqvist     134
 3. Lucas Auer           123
 4. Alex Lynn            119.5
 5. Harry Tincknell      104
 6. Tom Blomqvist         86.5
 7. Felix Serralles       76
 8. Pascal Wehrlein       49
 9. Sven Muller           48
10. Josh Hill             44

Pos Team                 Points 
 1. Prema Powerteam      371
 2. Mucke Motorsport     206
 3. Carlin               177
 4. Fortec               125
 5. EuroInternational    102

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