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F3 Euro Series

Macau Grand Prix: Juncadella vs. the rest of the world

This weekend, the best Formula 3 drivers of the world are going to meet in Macau to contest the SJM Macau Grand Prix and find out who is the fastest of them. In the recent past, the races held in the former colony located on the South China Sea were dominated by Formula 3 Euro Series drivers: in 2009 and 2010, the prestigious event was won by Edoardo Mortara and last year, Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam) took the chequered flag as race winner. The grid of the 30th Formula 3 race held at the demanding 6.12-kilometre circuit will feature six Euro Series teams and 11 Euro Series drivers – representing more than a third of the 30-driver field.

Last year, even Juncadella himself was surprised by his win – but this year, he travels to Macau as one of the favourites. And in addition to the 21-year old Euro Series Champion, there are another two Euro series drivers who may hope for winning the Macau GP: rookie champion Pascal Wehrlein (Mücke Motorsport) and Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) finished second and third, in their maiden season on the grid of the most competitive young-gun series on our planet and consequently, they will travel to Asia with a boosted self-confidence. In addition, they both demonstrated as early as in May in Pau, France, that they have got what it takes to deliver in a street race.

Felix Rosenqvist (Mücke Motorsport), William Buller (Carlin), Sven Müller (Prema Powerteam), Tom Blomqvist (EuroInternational), Carlos Sainz (Carlin), Lucas Wolf (URD Rennsport), Andrea Roda (Jo Zeller Racing) and Luís Sá Silva (Angola Racing Team) also are going to race in Macau and will try as hard as they can to give Daniel Juncadella a hard time.

Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam): “I’m truly looking forward to Macau. Winning there a second time would be something very special – and by doing so, I would follow the footsteps of Edoardo Mortara, a great racing driver. For me, it would be the high point of a great season. Although I could travel to Macau in a rather relaxed mood as I already have got a Macau triumph under my belt, I’m feeling somewhat nervous. And I try to pressurise myself because I’ve learned this year that you just mustn’t be too relaxed as you tend to make mistakes, otherwise.”

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DANIEL JUNCADELLA IS THE FORMULA 3 EURO SERIES CHAMPION

After the first two races of the weekend, things got tense again, but eventually, the favourite prevailed: for Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam), a fourth-place finish at the 4.574 kilometres long Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg was enough to secure the Formula 3 Euro Series’ title. Victory went to Swede Felix Rosenqvist (Mücke Motorsport), who finished ahead of his second-placed team-mate Pascal Wehrlein (Mücke Motorsport). Guest driver Alex Lynn (Fortec Motorsport) was delighted with third place.

At the start, Felix Rosenqvist took the lead from Daniel Juncadella. On lap seven, Wehrlein, who ended the season as the best rookie and runner-up, overtook Juncadella and started closing the gap to race leader Rosenqvist. He didn’t need long to close the gap, but he couldn’t find a way past the Swede. Meanwhile, Juncadella lost a place to Alex Lynn, but managed to keep Lynn’s team-mate Felix Serralles (Fortec Motorsport) at bay. For Juncadella, that was enough to secure the title following a pair of retirements due to technical reasons in the first two races.

Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam): “The weekend wasn’t like I had expected it. After the technical problems I had yesterday, my team had been looking for the mistake all night long and almost replaced everything. Today, I drove clever more than anything else. I let Pascal and Alex past without any defence, because I knew that fourth place would be enough. Having the Formula 3 Euro Series’ title on one’s CV is something very valuable.”

Felix Rosenqvist (Mücke Motorsport): “There is no better way to end a season than with a pair of wins and two pole positions. Pascal put a lot of pressure on me today, but I managed to bring victory home without a real battle. Congratulations to Pascal for winning the rookie title and to Daniel for winning the Formula 3 Euro Series’ title.”

Pascal Wehrlein (Mücke Motorsport): “Of course, I would rather have won, but I think, second place is a good result, too. It has been a good season for me. I am happy to become runner-up as a rookie in such a strong series like the Formula 3 Euro Series.”

Alex Lynn (Fortec Motorsport): “All in all, it has been a good weekend, although, of course, we had less experience in the Formula 3 Euro Series than most other teams and drivers. For me, it was a kind of test, because I want to race in the Formula 3 Euro Series next season.”

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TWO GERMAN ROOKIES ON THE PODIUM AT HOCKENHEIM

For Sven Müller (Prema Powerteam), his home race at the 4.574 kilometres long Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg fully went according to plan: the rookie scored his maiden race win in the Formula 3 Euro Series. With his second-place finish in the race, Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) moved up to second place in the Euro Series’ standings. He is currently 13.5 points down on points’ leader Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam). With his third place, rookie driver Lucas Wolf (URD Rennsport) scored the maiden podium result for his team URD Rennsport in the Formula 3 Euro Series.

Starting from pole position, Lucas Wolf took the lead and held on to it until the ninth lap. Then, Sven Müller attacked his compatriot and went past. Another two laps later, Raffaele Marciello took second place from Lucas Wolf, who dropped to third. The trio took the flag in this order. The best-place guest driver, Lucas Auer, Gerhard Berger’s nephew, finished fourth. As points’ leader Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam) retired with technical problems, the decision for the title in the Formula 3 Euro Series has been postponed to tomorrow’s final season round.

Sven Müller (Prema Powerteam): “The race was great. Partly, I really drove in full attack mode, because I definitely wanted to win. However, I have to admit as well that my rivals played it fairly. My wish was to win a race this year, and that is what I had been working for, and now, I am really happy.”

Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam): “My start was one of the best of the entire season and the race was very good, too. Lucas Wolf was fair when I attacked him and left me enough room. For tomorrow’s race, I hope to have an equally good start and to fight for the title with my team-mate Daniel Juncadella.”

Lucas Wolf (URD Rennsport): “I can’t describe the feeling of being on the Formua 3 Euro Series podium for the first time, and that in my home race and in front of my friends and my family. I had never expected to lead the race for nine laps. But like this, I continue my tradition to score at least one podium finish every year.”

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FELIX ROSENQVIST WINS – TITLE RACE REMAINS OPEN.

After the first race of the final weekend at the 4.574 kilometres long Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg, the title race remains open. With his second place, the best-placed rookie Pascal Wehrlein (Mücke Motorsport) came within 17 points of championship leader Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam) while Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) recuded his gap to Juncadella, who dropped back with a technical problem, to 21.5 points with a third-place finish. Swede Felix Rosenqvist (Mücke Motorsport) scored a lights-to-flag victory.

Starting from pole position, Felix Rosenqvist took the lead and drove an undisputed victory home. As a reward, he was presented with the trophy by Gerhard Berger, the president of the FIA single seater commission. For a long time, Daniel Juncadella was in second place behind the Mücke driver, which would have been enough for the Spaniard to wrap up the title. However, on lap 22, he suddenly slowed down due to a technical problem and retired two laps later, already having dropped out of the top ten. Juncadella’s margin in the points’ standings over runner-up Pascal Wehrlein is now 17 points, with 35 points still at stake.

Felix Rosenqvist (Mücke Motorsport): “Initially, it wasn’t easy as my tyres needed time to get to the right temperatures. After that, I was able to control the race. Having also set the fastest lap time is good for my ego. Since Valencia, things have been going really well and finally, I am able to show what I am up to.”

Pascal Wehrlein (Mücke Motorsport): “In the opening stages, I wanted to attack Daniel Juncadella, but I had to be careful not to lose a position to Raffaele Marciello. Then, I was in a safe third place, until Daniel slowed down. In the final two races, I also want to finish on the podium and provide a good show for my friends and sponsors who are here to support me.”

Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam): “My start was good and I was fourth for a long time. After Daniel Juncadella’s retirement, I even ended up third. Here, I am not as fast as on other tracks and therefore, my goal was to score as many points as possible.

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FELIX ROSENQVIST AHEAD OF TITLE CANDIDATES

Felix Rosenqvist (Mücke Motorsport, 1:34.047 minutes) was fastest in qualifying of the Formula 3 Euro Series and will thus start the third race of the weekend from pole position. Title favourite Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam, 1:34.425 minutes) followed in second place. Pascal Wehrlein (Mücke Motorsport, 1:34.471 minutes), Juncadella’s main rival, ended up third at the 4.574 kilometres long Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg, followed by the best-placed guest driver Alex Lynn (Fortec Motorsport, 1:34.551 minutes). In the ranking of the second-fastest laps, deciding on the starting grid positions for the first race of the weekend, Rosenqvist, Juncadella and Wehrlein locked out the first three places.

Felix Rosenqvist confirmed the good performance from today’s pre-event test and claimed first position in qualifying. He was followed by title candidates Daniel Juncadella and Pascal Wehrlein. Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam, 1:34.766 minutes), who also still has chances of winning the title, was eighth fastest, followed by the fourth title candidate William Buller (Carlin, 1:34.811 minutes). In the ranking of the second-fastest lap times, Ferrari-backed Italian Marciello was fourth.

The first race of the weekend can already decide the battle for the title. When Juncadella finishes ahead of his three remaining rivals Wehrlein, Marciello and Buller, the Spaniard will be the new Formula 3 Euro Series’ champion.

Felix Rosenqvist (Mücke Motorsport): “The Valencia weekend was really good and here, I had a good feeling with my car as well. I wanted the two pole positions and that is what I got. In tomorrow’s race, one needs a good start and I have to try to maintain the lead on the opening lap. I hope for a win.”

Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam): “Qualifying was good, but I am a little bit surprised to be that much down on Felix. However, I am fastest of my team and I am happy with second place. With the second set of tyres, I only had two clear laps, which were, in fact, quite good. In the first race tomorrow, my only goal will be to finish ahead of my title rivals and thus wrap up the title.”

F3 Euro Series

Felix Rosenqvist (Mücke Motorsport) claimed victory in the 21st season round of the Formula 3 Euro Series. At the 4.005 kilometres long Circuit Ricardo Tormo near the Spanish city of Valencia, the Swede took the lead at the start and won from Spaniard Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam) and Italian Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam). With his second podium finish in his home event, Juncadella defended his lead in the Formula 3 Euro Series drivers’ standings, Pascal Wehrlein (Mücke Motorsport) is second, followed by Marciello.

The race was already decided on the first metres: in the dash towards the first corner, Felix Rosenqvist overtook Daniel Juncadella, who had started from pole position. While in the lead, the Mücke driver pulled clear from Juncadella and took the flag after 27 laps with a margin of 5.472 seconds. Behind third-placed Raffaele Marciello, Pascal Wehrlein finished as the best rookie in fourth place.

One weekend before the end of the season, the Prema Powerteam claimed an early title in the Formula 3 Euro Series teams’ classification. A pair of victories achieved by Marciello and Lewis and four more podium finishes were enough for the Italian team to wrap it up at Valencia.

Felix Rosenqvist (Mücke Motorsport): “The start was just like in the first race, apart from the fact that I didn’t get a drive-through penalty this time. My car was good and I kept attacking until the end of the race.”

Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam): “First of all, I have to say that Felix has deserved victory here. His start was better than mine and his speed in the race was better than mine, too. He has done a great job. I am not really happy, because today, my car wasn’t as good as yesterday. But I have scored many points by finishing second and now I have good chances to secure the title in the finale at Hockenheim.”

Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam): “Today, my car oversteered a lot. Nevertheless, I finished the race in third place ahead of Pascal Wehrlein, my rival for runner-up spot in the Formula 3 Euro Series drivers’ standings.