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FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 9, race 3, Vallelunga (I)


The protagonists Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) and Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) have taken the battle for the FIA Formula 3 European Championship title down to the season finale at the 4.547 kilometre Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg. Nonetheless, Marciello who travels to Hockenheim with a 45.5-pointlead over Rosenqvist is the favourite in this battle. On the other hand, the Italian Ferrari Driver Academy protégé can’t feel safe as his Swedish opponent is far from giving up early. The prize for the title winner is impressive: In addition to the title and the trophy, the champion also will win a day of testing at the wheel of a Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 racer. 

The two title contenders experienced an eventful season, with Marciello holding the lead right from the start but Rosenqvist following close behind for the major part of the year. The Italian born in Zurich travels to Hockenheim with boosted confidence as he extended his championship lead last weekend by winning two races at his home circuit at Vallelunga, Italy. Rosenqvist, on the other hand, is motivated by the fact that he always has been securing good results at Hockenheim and has got – just as his rival – what it takes to secure race wins at any time. 

In addition to the battle for the title, the fight for third position in the championship also isn’t over yet. Here, the rivals are the team-mates Alex Lynn and Lucas Auer (both Prema Powerteam). Prior to the final three races of the season, Briton Lynn holds a comfortable 58.5-pointlead over Austrian Auer, with the maximum of points to be scored amounting to 75. 

At the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg, the FIA Formula 3 European Championship regulars will be joined by two young guns who also want to compete with the best Formula 3 drivers of the world. Nick Cassidy replaces Russia’s Red Bull junior Daniil Kyvat to race the Dallara #51. In his Formula 3 debut, at Nuremberg’s Norisring, the Kiwi came close to making it to the point’s right way by finishing 11th twice. Meanwhile, Estonian Kevin Korjus will make his FIA Formula 3 European Championship debut, this weekend. He replaces Briton Alexander Sims and races for team ThreeBond with T Sport. 

Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam): “My lead looks comfortable but that’s an error. I learned – at the latest at Zandvoort – that even a big lead doesn’t mean safety. If something goes wrong, such a lead can be lost very quickly. Therefore, I will opt for my usual approach, for the season-finale weekend and won’t allow myself to get distracted by thinking about the possible title triumph. I will fully focus on the job to be done and give my very best. Than we will have to wait and see what happens.”

Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport): “My gap to Raffaele amounts to 45.5 points, prior to the season finale at Hockenheim, but I’m far from giving up and think that my chances of winning the title are still alive. I know that Hockenheim is a racetrack that used to always suit my team and me well. Therefore, this circuit is the perfect place to once again hurl myself with full power and concentration into the battle with Raffaele.”

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FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 9, race 3, Vallelunga (I)


In the 26th race of the 2013 FIA Formula 3 European Championship season, Alex Lynn (Prema Powerteam) prevailed to win the race followed by Alexander Sims (ThreeBond with T-Sport) and Daniil Kvyat (Carlin). Thanks to this result, Prema Powerteam secured the title as best team of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship early. Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport), currently second in the championship, finished ninth in the race held at Vallelunga, Italy, while a technical failure forced his rival in the battle for the title, Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam), into retirement right at the start. With the second race of the weekend contested, the lead of Ferrari’s young-gun Marciello over Sweden’s Rosenqvist amounts to 28.5 points. 

Prior to the start, the single-seater of Raffaele Marciello suddenly was engulfed in smoke. The Italian who held second position on the grid, couldn’t start due to technical problems and had to retire. Meanwhile, Alex Lynn made perfect use of his pole to take the lead – followed by Alexander Sims, Daniil Kvyat and Eddie Cheever (Prema Powerteam). 

Due to an off-track experience of Jann Mardenborough (Carlin), the safety-car was sent out as early as on lap one – and once again a few laps later, when Lucas Wolf (URD Rennsport) failed to keep his Dallara on the track. After the two safety-car periods, Lynn succeeded in once again opening a gap on the field while Sims successfully fended off the attacks of his pressurising rival Kvyat. In the end, Lynn crossed the finish line with a five-second-lead over Sims, with Kvyat finishing third. Roman Eddie Cheever came fourth, in his home race, thus being pipped in the battle for the podium. Lucas Auer (Prema Powerteam), Luis Felipe Derani (Fortec Motorsports), Antonio Giovinazzi (Double R Racing) and Sven Müller (Van Amersfoort Racing) secured the positions five to eight. 

Further back, Felix Rosenqvist tried hard to work his way up through the field. Due to an incident in the qualifying session, the Swede had had to settle for the last position on the grid and battled his way up to finish ninth. Meanwhile, John Bryant-Meisner (Fortec Motorsports) completed the top 10, thus delivering in fine style, on his first FIA Formula 3 European Championship weekend. 

Alex Lynn (Prema Powerteam) 
“My pace was really good in this race. Other than Alexander Sims I had a fresh set of tyres and therefore, I had expected that I would be faster than him. But I hadn’t believed that I would be that much faster. In the end, it was a good race, ending with the great first place. I hope to again make it to the podium in race three, this afternoon.” 

Alexander Sims (ThreeBond with T-Sport)
“At times it was a lonely race for me. I contested the race on a used set of tyres and consequently, I wasn’t able to match the pace of Alex. Nonetheless, I think that I may be happy with my achievements as I was fourth on the grid and finished runner-up.”

Daniil Kvyat (Carlin)
“My start was okay but Alex who stood diagonally behind me virtually rocketed away. The battles with him were big fun. Altogether I’m happy to be on the podium and secure some good results, in the closing stages of the season. But in the third race, this afternoon, making it to the podium once again will be difficult. From my eighth position on the grid I will need a dose of luck to do so.”

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FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 8, race 3, Zandvoort (NL)

FELIX ROSENQVIST WINS—battle for the title is open again—

With his second victory, Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) concluded the eighth race weekend of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship on the Dutch North Sea coast. As points’ leader, Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) retired early, the Swede was able to reduce his gap in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship drivers’ standings to 9.5 points. At the 4.307 kilometres long Circuit Park Zandvoort, Jordan King (Carlin) and Alex Lynn (Prema Powerteam) followed behind Rosenqvist.

From pole position, Felix Rosenqvist took the lead at the start, followed by Jordan King, who had already overtaken his team-mate Daniil Kvyat (Carlin) on the first few metres. Alex Lynn moved past the Red Bull junior driver on the opening lap as well, so that Kvyat was in fourth place and came under pressure from Raffaele Marciello. Lynn was only able to relax on lap 16, as Marciello crashed into the barriers all on his own and retired. A safety car intervention followed. At the restart with one lap remaining, Rosenqvist held on to his leading position and soon after celebrated his second victory of the season.

British driver, Jordan King, scored his best result in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship to date by finishing second from his compatriot Alex Lynn. After Marciello’s retirement, Luis Felipe Derani (Fortec Motorsports) moved up to fifth place behind Daniil Kvyat and ahead of Harry Tincknell (Carlin). Lucas Auer (Prema Powerteam) only overtook Tom Blomqvist (Eurointernational) for eighth place on the final lap, followed by Alexander Sims (ThreeBond with T-Sport) and Mitchell Gilbert (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport).

Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) 
“I knew that I had a good chance of winning when I would be first into the first corner. Therefore, I focussed on the start and I did well. Then, I tried to manage my tyres and to keep my margin on Jordan consistent. That wasn’t very easy and I had to do my utmost. Of course, this weekend in general was great for me: I have scored 75 points and I was able to close up in the drivers’ standings.” 

Jordan King (Carlin)
“I was able to overtake Daniil at the start and slotted in behind Felix. Unfortunately, after that, I was never close enough to start an attack. After the restart, I didn’t have a chance against Felix either, even though I was able to reduce the gap. All in all, my weekend was quite good. I have moved up from eighth to sixth in the drivers’ standings.”

Alexander Lynn (Prema Powerteam)
“Making it onto the podium from fourth place on the grid is really good, and even more so as I was driving with used tyres in this race. I didn’t have any chance against Felix and Jordan, but I was able to overtake Daniil. With three podium finishes this weekend, I really can’t complain. Now, we have to work on being able to battle for pole position in qualifying again.”


FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 6, race 1, Norisring (D)

A turbulent race with Tom Blomqvist as a surprising winner-

Track: Norisring
Winner: Tom Blomqvist (Eurointernational)
Pole position: Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport)
Temperature air / track: 27.7 °C / 29.7 °C
Weather: sunny, warm

British driver Tom Blomqvist (Eurointernational) became the surprising winner of an action-packed 16th season round of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship at the 2.3 kilometres long Norisring. The son of former world rally champion Stig Blomqvist benefited from the fact that twelve drivers were given a 20 seconds’ time penalty after the race for not having sufficiently reduced their speed when the yellow flags were out. Harry Tincknell (Carlin) was classified second from André Rudersdorf (ma-con), who scored his maiden podium finish in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. In the drivers’ standings, Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam), who came fifth in the race, remains in the lead.

Raffaele Marciello took the lead at the start from Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport), who had started from pole position. As Rosenqvist raced under appeal due to a fuel sample after qualifying that didn’t comply with the regulations, he is not classified until the appeal has been dealt with. After 39 laps, Marciello still wasn’t able to celebrate his victory. Due to being too fast under yellow flags and the subsequent penalty, he was relegated from first to fifth place. For all drivers involved, the infringement would have resulted into a drive-through penalty, but as the penalties only occurred just before the end of the race, the drive-through penalties were converted into 20 seconds’ penalties. 

Alex Lynn (Prema Powerteam), Lucas Auer (Prema Powerteam), Félix Serrallés (Fortec Motorsports), Alexander Sims (ThreeBond with T-Sport) and Luis Felipe Derani (Fortec Motorsports), who initially finished scond to seventh, lost their positions due to the 20 seconds’ penalties. Not only race winner Blomqvist, Tincknell and Rudersdorf benefited from this, but also Eddie Cheever (Prema Powerteam), who was promoted to fourth, and Sandro Zeller (Jo Zeller Racing), who scored his first points in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. 

There were not only countless yellow flags, the safety car also had to be deployed twice in this race. Mitchell Gilbert (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) and Sean Gelael (Double R Racing) caused the first safety car intervention with a collision, the two lady racers Tatiana Calderón (Double R Racing) and Michela Cerruti (Romeo Ferraris) triggered the second safety car phase by another collision.

Tom Blomqvist (Eurointerntional) 
“For me, victory really comes as a surprise. I only was told that I had won the race after the prize-giving ceremony. Of course, I am happy with the points, although being declared as the winner in spite of not having been first across the line.”

Harry Tincknell (Carlin)
“For me, being up here is a huge surprise, too. As always at the Norisring, it was an action-packed race. Indeed there were many yellow flags and we were told about the correct behaviour under yellow during the drivers’ briefing. Therefore, I made sure that I really backed off when the yellow flags were out.”

André Rudersdorf (ma-con)
“Of course, my maiden podium finish in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship is great. With so many spectators and a great atmosphere, the Norisring is unique. In the race, I tried to avoid any big risks. That this is the result, is fantastic!”


FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 4, Brands Hatch (GB)

FIA Formula 3 European Championship to kick off the second half of its season-

After a six-week summer break, the young FIA Formula 3 European championship drivers will be back in action, this weekend: at Nuremberg’s Norisring, they will kick off the second half of their 2013 season. Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) will travel to the 2.3-kilometre street circuit as championship leader. But the Italian who is supported by the Ferrari Driver Academy has got Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) right on his back. The Swede won all the three races at the Red Bull Ring, thus reducing Marciello’s lead on him to 27.5 points.

While the hunter, Felix Rosenqvist, boosted his self-confidence with four wins in the latest four races, the hunted, Raffaele Marciello, has fond memories of the Norisring. Last year, he won the third race of the Formula 3 Euro Series meeting, there, and defeated – inter alia, coming champion Daniel Juncadella who had to settle for finishing second. Behind title contenders Marciello and Rosenqvist, Lucas Auer (Prema Powerteam) is waiting for a mistake of the two championship leaders. With 165 points on his tally, the Austrian currently holds third position in the championship and just can’t wait for contesting his debut race at the Norisring. 

In the season highlight of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship season, in Nuremberg, the German colours will be represented by Sven Müller (ma-con), Lucas Wolf (URD Rennsport) and André Rudersdorf (ma-con). Wolf celebrated his biggest success in the season to date at the Red Bull Ring by finishing third while Müller still is waiting for his first podium. With three fourth places – at Hockenheim and Brands Hatch – he several times came close to realising this goal – but never quite made it, in the end. Meanwhile, 17-year-old Rudersdorf, the youngest of the three German drivers, displayed a steep learning curve in the 2013 season of the planet’s most competitive young-gun series and already succeeded in scoring a point. 

At the Norisring, the European Championship regulars will be joined by three guest drivers: the already known Daniil Kvyat (Carlin) and Alexander Sims (ThreeBond with T Sport) as well as Nick Cassidy (Eurointernational). Briton Sims will race the T-Sport car that abandoned by William Buller (Fortec Motorports) when he switched to Fortec Motorsports. Sims already made a guest appearance for ThreeBond with T Sport in 2012 and won one of the Formula 3 races at the Nürburgring right away. Meanwhile, Kiwi Nick Cassidy comes to Europe as two-time champion in New Zealand’s Toyota Racing Series. He plans to contest the rest of the season as team-mate of Tom Blomqvist (Eurointernational). Other than for Sims who already finished second at the Norisring in 2009, the street circuit in the heart of Nuremberg represents virgin soil for Cassidy. 

Sven Müller (ma-con): “You may think that the Norisring is an easy circuit but far from it: there are tough brake point’s und a lot of bumps and driving the car at the very limit is extremely difficult. In addition, the track at extremely short and this means that the field will be extremely close together, this weekend. I expect the spectators to witness three thrilling Formula 3 races with a lot of action. My performances in the past weeks were okay although I have to admit that I expected to do slightly better, this year. I hope to finally make it to the podium, at the Norisring.


RTL GP Masters of Formula 3, Zandvoort (NL)

Felix Rosenqvist claims pole position at Zandvoort…

Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport, 1:30.839 minutes) was unbeatable in qualifying for this weekend’s RTL GP Masters of Formula 3 at the 4.307 kilometres long Circuit Park Zandvoort and claimed pole position in a dominant way. The Swede, who already won Europe’s most prestigious Formula 3 race and is currently placed second in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, was followed by British driver Harry Tincknell (Carlin, 1:31.131 minutes). The Carlin driver is taking place in the tradition-steeped Masters of Formula 3 event for the first time in his career. British drivers Alex Lynn (Prema Powerteam, 1:31.154 minutes) and Emil Bernstorff (Prema Powerteam, 1:31.255 minutes) are lining up on the second row of the starting grid for tomorrow’s race.

Starting grid positions for the Masters of Formula 3 were determined in two qualifying sessions of 20 minutes each, the outright fastest lap time of each driver being considered for the classification. In the faster first session, Felix Rosenqvist came out on top. The Mücke driver, who had already been fastest in first free practice, moved up to the top of the time sheets in the second half of the session. In second qualifying, Rosenqvist was fastest, too, but his lap time was slower than in the first heat.

A trio of British drivers followed behind the Mücke driver: Harry Tincknell, Alex Lynn and Emil Bernstorff. Austrian Lucas Auer (Prema Powerteam, 1:31.256 minutes) was classified fifth to ensure that three of the four Prema drivers ended up in the top five. The Italian team won the Masters last year when Daniel Juncadella crossed the finish line in first place.

Sven Müller (ma-con, 1:31.363 minutes) and Tom Blomqvist (Eurointernational, 1:31.399 minutes) followed in sixth and seventh place respectively while a trio of Carlin drivers with Nicholas Latifi (Carlin, 1:31.404 minutes), Jordan King (Carlin, 1:31.414 minutes) and Jann Mardenborough (Carlin, 1:31.572 minutes) rounded out the top ten. 

Dennis van de Laar (Van Amersfoort Racing, 1:31.782 minutes) was one of the few young drivers to improve his personal best lap time in the slower second qualifying. The Dutchman, who is living in Zandvoort, will start his home race from twelfth place on the grid behind Eddie Cheever (Prema Powerteam, 1:31.716 minutes). 

The Masters of Formula 3 will start tomorrow, Sunday, at 13.30 hrs local time. Television partner n-tv will be showing the race in Germany tape-delayed from 17.05 hrs.

Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport)
“From my point of view, qualifying wasn’t too bad. The important thing is that this year, my car is better than last year. Pole position is a perfect start into the weekend, but the only thing that really matters is tomorrow’s race. Therefore, I don’t want to get too excited about this pole position.”