“FIA F3: Rosenqvist eases to Zandvoort win; closes in on Marciello”

Felix Rosenqvist (Mucke) © FIA.
Felix Rosenqvist (Mucke) © FIA.

Felix Rosenqvist took the second FIA European Formula 3 race of the weekend at Zandvoort this evening.

Like the opening event of the day, the race was twice interrupted by the safety car; however unlike this morning’s contest Rosenqvist could not pull too far away from the chasing Alex Lynn.

Following the final restart, Rosenqvist quickly built a 1.8s lead over Lynn, only to fall back to toward the Englishman in the final tours, as his already used rears aged further. Across the chequered flag, Rosenqvist held just 0.7s over his Prema Powerteam rival.

It could have been much easier for Rosenqvist. A fantastic opening half lap gave the Mucke racer a significant lead, only for that to be wiped out when an overambitious Antonio Giovinazzi attempted to overtake Eddie Cheever III by driving over the top of him while exiting Tarzan.
With the wounded cars stuck trackside, the race was neutralised while the broken machines were removed.

Of course, it was not a completely perfect performance by Rosenqvist, as underlined by a mistake as the first safety car pulled in. Exiting the Audi S corner, Rosenqvist put just a touch too much throttle in, half-losing his rear-end over the kerbs as a result.
The sudden plume of dust and the desperately spinning wheels gave Lynn the briefest of opportunities, but the Fortec racer was too close to Rosenqvist to take advantage – a slight lift to avoid the Mucke entry killed Lynn’s momentum and saved Rosenqvist’s lead.

It would be three laps before the safety car returned, this time to allow marshals to clear the stricken Lucas Wolf, but thereafter Rosenqvist was clear – his escape from Lynn more confident – his lead confirmed – yet in the action, grip fell by the wayside, allowing Lynn – on fresher Hankook’s – to close in.

For Lynn, it was another successful run to the podium – his tenth of the season – and it gives the Prema racer an enviable advantage over his rival for 3rd in the championship, Lucas Auer.

Daniil Kvyat completed the podium following a solid drive. From the front row, the Russian – like Rosenqvist, also on old tyres – dropped behind Lynn into Tarzan, but maintained that position for the duration.
In his mirrors, Jordan King threatened politely, but was never in a serious enough position to push Kvyat over the edge, allowing the Russian to score his sixth podium of the season.

King’s 4th place finish means he has jumped Tom Blomqvist in the points. The new British F3 champion led a Pipo Derani / Harry Tincknell battle for the duration, with the fighting pair doing more to take time off of each other, rather than claw into King’s advantage.
And it was feisty. Derani clouted the rear of Tincknell in race one, but on this occasion, the Brazilian led and even expertly shoved Tincknell’s turn one challenge aside in the early tours.

Sven Muller and Blomqvist spent the event tussling over 7th and 8th places, with Muller winning out thanks to a move after the first safety car. Thereafter, Blomqvist kept close, but not enough to overly worry Muller and his van Amersfoort entry.
There were more points for Mitchell Gilbert who took 9th, just 0.4s ahead of Alexander Sims. Gilbert initially dealt with an attack from Michel Lewis; however an off by the American on lap ten dropped him to 13th and out of contention.
With Kvyat guest listing meaning he doesn’t score points, Nicholas Latifi took a solid 11th thanks to a twelfth lap pass on Auer, when the Austrian was displaced by an aggressive Sims.
Latifi’s position was helped by Lewis’ off and a clumsy crash by Felix Serralles (lap 9).

Latifi’s rookie teammate Jann Mardenborough endured a difficult race. Starting 11th, the Nissan GT Academy winner fell behind Sims after the first restart, with Latifi passing after the next stoppage.
Mardenborough was ragged thereafter and suffered two offs, the second of which took him out of the race on the final lap.

One of the biggest stories of the race concerned championship leader Raffaele Marciello. From 7th on the grid, the Prema partially stalled, dropping to 19th, but could only recover to 15th place by the end of the race.
Interestingly, Marciello’s pace appeared fragile when in the pack as he attempted to work his way around Alfonso Celis; however once passed the F3 rookie, Marciello could nothing about Roy Nissany and Dennis van de Laar. Marciello would benefit a few positions from the retirement of others, but the Italian’s race was a relatively quiet event.
It means his lead over Rosenqvist has now been chopped to 34.5 points, with Rosenqvist starting on pole tomorrow; four spots ahead of the Swiss-Italian racer.
Suddenly, the European championship has life once again.

2013 FIA European F3 Championship (Rd 8, Race 2; 18 laps)
Pos Driver              Team/Car                      Time/Gap
 1. Felix Rosenqvist    Mucke Dallara-Mercedes             30m52.010s
 2. Alex Lynn           Prema Dallara-Mercedes                +0.723s
 3. Daniil Kvyat        Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen             +5.708s
 4. Jordan King         Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen             +6.236s
 5. Pipo Derani         Fortec Dallara-Mercedes               +7.046s
 6. Harry Tincknell     Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen             +7.223s
 7. Sven Muller         Van Amersfoort Dallara-Volkswagen     +8.247s
 8. Tom Blomqvist       Eurointernational Dallara-Mercedes    +9.782s
 9. Mitchell Gilbert    Mucke Dallara-Mercedes               +10.609s
10. Alexander Sims      T-Sport Dallara-Nissan               +11.090s
11. Nicholas Latifi     Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen            +11.738s
12. Lucas Auer          Prema Dallara-Mercedes               +13.718s
13. Michael Lewis       Mucke Dallara-Mercedes               +17.363s
14. Roy Nissany         Mucke Dallara-Mercedes               +18.782s
15. Dennis van de Laar  Van Amersfoort Dallara-Volkswagen    +19.469s
16. Raffaele Marciello  Prema Dallara-Mercedes               +20.658s
17. Alfonso Celis       Fortec Dallara-Mercedes              +23.295s
18. Spike Goddard       T-Sport Dallara-Nissan               +24.055s
19. Sandro Zeller       Zeller Dallara-Mercedes              +36.343s
20. Sean Gelael         Double R Dallara-Mercedes            +36.378s
21. Andre Rudersdorf    Ma-con Dallara-Volkswagen            +36.745s
22. Tatiana Calderon    Double R Dallara-Mercedes            +37.299s
23. Jann Mardenborough  Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen             + 1 lap
24. Lucas Wolf          Dallara-Mercedes                      + 1 lap
    Felix Serralles     Fortec Dallara-Mercedes               +9 laps
    Eddie Cheever       Prema Dallara-Mercedes               +18 laps
    Antonio Giovinazzi  Double R Dallara-Mercedes            +18 laps

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