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FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 10, race 3, Hockenheim (D)


Newly-crowned FIA Formula 3 European Champion Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) was victorious at the 4.574 kilometres long Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg in pouring rain. The Italian won the 30th and final race of the season in the 2013 FIA Formula 3 European Championship ahead of Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport), who finished second. Austrian Lucas Auer (Prema Powerteam) claimed the final podium slot of the season.

Due to the heavy rain and the very wet track, the field started the final race of the season behind the safety car. As the green flags were waved after three laps, Raffaele Marciello remained in the lead. Felix Rosenqvist and Harry Tincknell (Carlin) followed until the safety car was deployed again after a collision between Luis Felipe Derani (Fortec Motorsports) and Eddie Cheever (Prema Powerteam) on lap six. The second restart didn’t cause any problems for Marciello either and the Italian remained in the lead until the chequered flag was out. Felix Rosenqvist, who concluded the season as runner-up in the drivers’ standings, crossed the finish line in second place.

Harry Tincknell was one of many young drivers who slid off the wet track into the gravel trap. His direct rival Lucas Auer inherited third place. Tom Blomqvist (Eurointernational) also benefited from Tincknell’s excursion and came home fourth ahead of the Brit. Antonio Giovinazzi (Double R Racing) finished sixth in the final round of his debut season in Formula 3 from Sven Müller (Van Amersfoort Racing), Alex Lynn (Prema Powerteam), Jordan King (Carlin) and Michael Lewis (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport). 

Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) 
“Conditions were really difficult. Partly, we couldn’t even drive flat out on straights. We had to be really careful not to make a mistake. However, I was confident about my car and myself. I really wanted to win this race after having sealed the championship title by finishing fourth yesterday. Concluding the season with the title and victory in the final race is nearly perfect.” 

Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport)
“It wasn’t easy. When I was behind Raffaele, I could hardly see anything due to the spray. Halfway through the race, rain increased and I already thought that the race would perhaps be stopped. Generally, I had a nice battle with Raffaele. Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to score a triple, but I am happy with my weekend.”

Lucas Auer (Prema Powerteam)
“I had a nice battle with Harry Tincknell during which I tried to put him under pressure. Then, he made a mistake as he slid into the gravel trap going into the Motodrom, after which I got second place. I am happy to have concluded my maiden FIA Formula 3 European Championship season with a podium finish.”

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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 1, Vallelunga (I)

Raffaele Marciello re-increases the gap—

Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) made perfect use of his home-track advantage by winning the 25 race of the 2013 FIA Formula 3 European Championship season at the 4.085-kilometre Autodromo Piero Taruffi. Alexander Sims (ThreeBond with T-Sport) and Alex Lynn (Prema Powerteam) joined the Ferrari Driver Academy protégé on the podium. As the effort of Sweden’s Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) to battle his way back up ended in 10th position, Italian Marciello could extend his lead in the overall standings to 32.5 points. 

From his pole position, Raffaele Marciello defended his lead and kept the gap on second-place Alexander Sims between 0.8 and 1.2 seconds throughout the race. Similarly easy was the race for Alex Sims and Alex Lynn who finished second and third respectively. Red Bull junior Daniil Kvyat (Carlin) came fourth, followed by Eddie Cheever (Prema Powerteam), who benefited from the retirement of Félix Serrallés (Fortec Motorsports). Behind Roman Cheever, who lives just half an hour from the circuit, Luis Felipe Derani (Fortec Motorsports) had to defend his sixth position against Lucas Auer (Prema Powerteam) while Sven Müller (Van Amersfoort Racing) hoped for a mistake of the pairing driving ahead of him. Italian Antonio Giovinazzi (Double R Racing) finished ninth in his home race, with Felix Rosenqvist who impressed with remarkable fighting spirit and gained a lot of ground securing 10th place. Particularly in the first half of the race he passed driver by driver and battled his way up from 27th position on the grid to finish 10th. 

Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) 
“It goes without saying that I’m happy about this win but it isn’t more important than any other win in this season. It definitely was a difficult race as Alex was pushing hard. During the small battle with Alex in the opening stages I didn’t think about the fight for the title. But I didn’t take too many risks and had he been much faster I’d have to let him go. For me, it was of major importance to finish ahead of Felix and I succeeded in doing so.” 

Alexander Sims (ThreeBond with T-Sport)
“I pressurised Raffaele a lot and gave my very best to force him into a mistake. But unfortunately, he didn’t do me this favour. So, I had no chance of passing him although my pace was as good as the one of Raffaele. I think we made a good team effort, here.”

Alex Lynn (Prema Powerteam)
“I think my race wasn’t too bad. We realised as early as in the qualifying sessions that my pace was really good and by securing a podium, I successfully made use of this pace. I added important points for the battle for third championship position to my tally and also reduced the gap to the second-placed driver, Felix Rosenqvist.”


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.”


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.


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

Rosenqvist becomes first triple winner in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship…

At the 4.326 kilometres long Red Bull Ring in Styria, Swede Felix Rosenqvist wrote history by winning three races in a row. In the third race of the fifth racing weekend, Red Bull-backed Russian Daniil Kvyat (Carlin) again finished second from Austrian Lucas Auer (Prema Powerteam). In the drivers’ standings, Rosenqvist has reduced his gap to points’ leader Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) to 27.5 points. The Italian finished sixth in the action-packed race.

At the start, Raffaele Marciello took the lead, but pole sitter Daniil Kvyat and Saturday’s double winner, Felix Rosenqvist, put him under massive pressure on the first kilometres and eventually found a way past the Italian. Rosenqvist returned from the opening lap as the leader in the race, followed by Kvyat, Marciello, Marciello and Nicholas Latifi (Carlin). On the second lap, however, the safety car was deployed: Jann Mardenborough (Carlin) had spun and was stuck on the track. Tom Blomqvist (Eurointernational) touched the Carlin driver’s car, Måns Grenhagen (Van Amersfoort Racing) couldn’t avoid a collision with Mardenborough. Dennis van de Laar (Van Amersfoort Racing), who followed immediately behind his team-mate Grenhagen, ran into the back of the Swede’s car as a chain reaction. 

Just after the re-start, Marciello dropped back to eighth place while Rosenqvist and Kvyat were able to hold on to their positions at the front of the field. Lucas Auer moved up into third place. This order remained unchanged until the chequered flag was out. Harry Tincknell (Carlin), Jordan King (Carlin), Raffaele Marciello, Nicholas Latifi, Alex Lynn (Prema Powerteam), Luis Felipe Derani (Fortec Motorsports) and Roy Nissany (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) filled the remaining top ten spots. 

Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) 
“As the three races and the point score are concerned, it was a perfect weekend for me. I have reduced the gap to Raffaele in the points’ standings. The third race started with a tough battle for the lead on the opening lap, in which I managed to beat Daniil and Raffaele. The re-start after the safety car intervention went well for me and I was able to hold onto the lead. However, I couldn’t make a mistake today, because Daniil was behind me all the time.”

Daniil Kvyat (Carlin)
“On one hand, I am happy, because today, I was able to follow Felix and I didn’t have to let him pull away. Here, we improved from one race to another and that is a positive thing. On the other hand, victory was a possibility today ad therefore, I am a little bit disappointed. Our pace was sufficient for a win, but unfortunately, my start wasn’t optimal again.”

Lucas Auer (Prema Powerteam)
“My start and the opening lap were good and thus, I was able to move up into fourth place. Just after the re-start following the safety car intervention, I was able to overtake Raffaele and I was third. After that, I was fortunate that the drivers behind me were fighting and I could pull a slight gap. Eventually, that was a happy end to my home round, which in total didn’t entirely go as planned.