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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.

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RTL GP Masters of Formula 3, Zandvoort (NL)

Second Masters victory for Felix Rosenqvist-

Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) appears to be unbeatable at the moment: having won all three races at the Red Bull Ring at the beginning of June, he secured his second victory in the RTL GP Masters of Formula 3 this weekend. Two years ago, the Swede had already been the popular winner of Europe’s most prestigious Formula 3 race. At the 4.307 kilometres long circuit in Zandvoort, embedded in the North Sea dunes, he won the 23rd running of the Masters of Formula 3 from Alex Lynn (Prema Powerteam). Emil Bernstorff (Prema Powerteam) claimed third place. 

Having started from pole position, Rosenqvist won the dash towards the first corner and drove a safe and undisputed lights-to-flag victory home. Only on lap 16, the Swede had a hairy moment when he suddenly lost 1.6 seconds to his closest rival Alex Lynn. The reason was a medical car that was on the track. After that, Rosenqvist completed his laps in a seasoned manner and gradually extended his lead until taking the chequered flag as the winner at the end of lap 25. 

The battle for second and third place, occupied by the two Prema Powerteam drivers Alex Lynn and Emil Bernstorff, was also decided in the opening stage already. There was more action in the midfield: Lucas Auer (Prema Powerteam) attacked Sven Müller (ma-con) in the battle for fifth on lap five. Both drivers tangled and retired. Formula 3 rookie Jordan King (Carlin) secured fifth place from Eddie Cheever (Prema Powerteam), Nicholas Latifi (Carlin), Luis Felipe Derani (Fortec Motorsports), William Buller (Fortec Motorsports) and Antonio Giovinazzi (Double R Racing). Local hero Dennis van de Laar (Van Amersfoort Racing), who is living in Zandvoort, only just missed out on a top ten finish as he came home eleventh. 

Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) 
“Pole position, victory and the fastest race lap: it was a perfect weekend for me. Prior to the event, I didn’t very much focus on this race, because this year, I am clearly concentrating on the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. I regarded the Masters as an additional race and just wanted to have a good time. Nevertheless, the goal was, of course, to win here and even more so after things went so well in the free practice sessions and in the two qualifying heats. I had the only hairy moment of the race when all of a sudden, a medical car was in front of me at the track. Apart from that, I was in control throughout.”

Alex Lynn (Prema Powerteam)
“Today, Felix was the quicker driver and he has won while I can be happy with second place, too. My start was food and I was able to gain one place, but I didn’t have any possibilities to keep up with Felix’s speed in the race. As I had a little bit of oversteer, my tyres degraded towards the end of the race, allowing Emil Bernstorff to close up to me more and more.”

Harry Tincknell (Carlin)
“At the start, I tried to overtake Felix, but I probably was a little bit too aggressive and therefore I had too much wheelspin. I was racing at Zandvoort for the first time and I reckon that fourth place isn’t a bad result. It is only slightly disappointing as I started the race from second place on the grid. However, it was good practice for the FIA Formula 3 European Championship round here at Zandvoort at the end of September.”

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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.”

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

FIA FORMULA 3 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP Half-time review part 1: Mücke and Prema battling for the title…

It’s season half-time in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, with teams and drivers looking forward to their well-deserved summer-break. The perfect point in time for an interim review. With Raffaele Marciello and Felix Rosenqvist, Prema Powerteam and kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport have got the hottest title contenders racing for them. Both drivers have got a lot of Formula 3 experience under their belts and 14 of the 15 races contested to date were won by one of these two teams. In the team championship, the Italian squad and the team around Team Principal Peter Mücke hold first and second positions. 

Raffaele Marciello made a virtually perfect start into the season by winning the first race of the season in his home event at Monza. And the Ferrari Driver Academy protégé also won the third round of the Italian race weekend held at the tradition-rich Formula 1 circuit to consequently travel to Silverstone for the second race meeting of the season as championship leader. In the following events – at Silverstone and Hockenheim – the 18-year-old extended his lead with three consecutive wins but in the second British event, his streak of success came to a temporary end. After round three of the Brands Hatch meeting his points were disallowed due to technical irregularities and two weeks later, at the Red Bull Ring, he had to cope with his first winless race weekend of the season. 

Other than Marciello, Felix Rosenqvist needed his time to get going. At Monza, the 21-year-old scored just 12 points to only afterwards establish as regular race-win contender. He secured a race win both at Silverstone and Hockenheim and at the Red Bull Ring, he became the first driver in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship history to have celebrated a treble. With these successes, Rosenqvist significantly closed in on championship leader Marcello and lies just 27.5 points behind the Italian, now. 

Austrian Lucas Auer (Prema Powerteam) and Briton Alex Lynn (Prema Powerteam) currently hold third and fourth positions in the championship. Other then their team-mate Marciello, they both are new Prema Powerteam signings but nonetheless, they succeeded in demonstrating their skills several times – and both already secured a race win. The only Prema driver still waiting for his first major success is Eddie Cheever. The best results so far of the 20-year-old son of former Formula 1 ace and Indy 500 winner Eddie Cheever were two eighth places. At season half time, he holds 16th position in the drivers’ championship. 

kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport originally planned to contest the season with Pascal Wehrlein (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) but then, the 18-year-old 2012 Formula 3 Euro Series Vice-Champion was offered the opportunity to switch to DTM and did so after the successful Monza weekend. He was replaced by Michael Lewis (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport). But after having entered the season belatedly, the US-American has got his problems to get going. The 22 year-old hopeful from California currently is 19th in the championship, right behind his team-mate Roy Nissany in 18th position. The 18 year-old advanced from the ADAC Formula Masters to the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. A major step but he coped well with the new challenge, impressed with a solid leaning curve and at Brands Hatch, he succeeded in scoring his first points. Meanwhile, team-mate Mitchell Gilbert still is waiting for his first successes. Nonetheless, the 19-year-old Australian who was born in Malaysia is confident regarding the second half of the season and hopes to soon also have got some points on his tally. 

The second chapter of the comprehensive half-time review focuses on the achievements of the teams Carlin, Fortec Motorsports and Eurointernational in the first half of the season.

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FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 5, race 1, Spielberg (A)

Mücke driver Felix Rosenqvist dominates at Red Bull Ring…

The 13th season round of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship saw Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) score an undisputed victory. At the 4.326 kilometres long Red Bull Ring in the Austrian province of Styria, he won the dash towards the first corner and then continuingly extended his lead. At the finish, the 21-year old Swede was 14.306 seconds clear of Daniil Kvyat (Carlin), who had started from pole position. For the Red Bull-backed junior driver, second place is his best result in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship to date. Third place was taken by 19-year old Briton Jordan King (Carlin), who celebrated his maiden podium finish in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship after a long battle with Lucas Wolf (URD Rennsport). Italian Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam), a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy, took the chequered flag in fourth place and remains in the lead of the drivers’ standings. His margin over his main rival Felix Rosenqvist is 67.5 points.

While Felix Rosenqvist’s victory was never in jeopardy throughout the 24 laps’ race distance and guest driver Daniil Kvyat also safely drove second place home, Jordan King had to work considerably harder. For more than half of the race, the rookie driver was involved in a battle for third place with Lucas Wolf, with Wolf initially holding on to his position. The URD driver successfully defended his position against King until lap 16, but then had to let his rival past. Soon after that, Nicholas Latifi (Carlin) also moved ahead of Wolf, who went on to drop down further through the ranks. Due to a collision with Tom Blomqvist (Eurointernational), Wolf was also called in for a drive-through penalty and dropped to 16th place.

Raffaele Marciello, who had started from 13th place, had an equally busy day: in thrilling duels, the Italian worked his way up to fourth position. Behind him, Latifi took the chequered flag, followed by Sven Müller (ma-con), Alex Lynn (Prema Powerteam), Eddie Cheever (Prema Powerteam), Michael Lewis (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) and Lucas Auer (Prema Powerteam), the only Austrian in the field. Having spun after a collision in the early stages of the race, Auer had dropped down, but secured the final slot in the top ten after a spirited recovery. 

Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) 
“My start was good and I was able to pull a gap right away. My car ran great throughout the race. After the rather poor start into the season at Monza, I reckon that we are now on the right way and meanwhile, we are able to keep up with Prema and Carlin as well.”

Daniil Kvyat (Carlin)
“My start wasn’t too bad, but Felix’s was simply even better. Initially, I thought that I could keep up with him, but I didn’t succeed. Thus, it was a rather boring race for me. Now, we have to see why we weren’t able to follow Felix. But I think that second place is not too bad either.”

Jordan King (Carlin)
“So far, my season has been rather disappointing, but being on the podium at last is nice. Lucas Wolf defended very heavily, so it took longer for me to finally overtake him. The battle with him was a close one and I enjoyed it very much.”

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FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 3, race 3, Hockenheim (D)

Rosenquist wins, Red Bull junior driver Kvyat surprises…

Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) claimed victory in the ninth season round of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship at the 4.574 kilometres long Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg. At the start, the Swede took the lead and defended it until the finish. Behind him, Félix Serrallés took the chequered flag in second place. Guest driver and Red Bull junior driver Daniil Kvyat (Carlin) was delighted with his third-place finish at his first Formula 3 outing, ahead of points’ leader Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam).

At the start, stalwart Felix Rosenqvist came to the fore, followed by Félix Serrallés, Jorden King (Carlin) and Daniil Kvyat. On lap three, Richard Goddard (ThreeBond with T-Sport), Roy Nissany (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport), André Rudersdorf (ma-con) and Sean Gelael (Double R Racing) collided, which led to a safety car intervention. At the restart, Rosenqvist defended his lead, while Serrallés was overtaken by Jordan King. A few laps later, the Brit also attacked Rosenqvist for the lead, but this attempt was in vain. Instead, he lost his second place to Serrallés and one lap later, he had to surrender third place to Daniil Kvyat. On lap 13, rookie driver King also had to let Raffaele Marciello past, who made good progress from tenth on the starting grid to finish fourth. 

Alex Lynn (Prema Powerteam), Sven Müller (ma-con), Tom Blomqvist (Eurointernational), Eddie Cheever (Prema Powerteam) and Luis Felipe Derani (Fortec Motorsports) rounded out the top ten, which Lucas Wolf (URD Rennsport) just missed out in his home round, finishing eleventh from 29 drivers.

Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport)
“I had a good start and was able to pull a gap from the drivers behind me right away. Then, the safety car came out and my margin was gone again. After the restart, Félix Serrallés was very closely behind me, but I was able to pull away quickly. I am happy that I have won this race. However, I am not looking at the title. I made that mistake last year and it didn’t bring me anything.” 

Félix Serrallés (Fortec Motorsports)
“I had a good start and I am happy that I am on the podium here. Unfortunately, I made a mistake at the restart after the safety car intervention, which was the reason that I got massive pressure from behind after that. Fortunately, I still managed to bring second place home.”

Daniil Kvyat (Carlin)
“My race was good, but I still have to work on the start when I want to win a Formula 3 race. After the start, I quickly found to my rhythm and I was able to stay behind Félix for second place. All in all, it was a great debut weekend in Formula 3 for me with a pole position and a podium finish. I really hope that this wasn’t my last outing in Formula 3.