Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) has won the first race of the final weekend of the season in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. Thus, the battle for the European Championship title between Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) and the Swede remains open. The Italian, who is leading in the drivers’ standings with an advantage of 38.5 points, finished second at the 4.574 kilometres long Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg. Fourth place in the second race during the afternoon would be enough for him to wrap up the title. Sven Müller (Van Amersfoort Racing) claimed third place in his home race. For the German, it was the best result of the season and for his Dutch team, Van Amersfoort Racing, it was even the maiden podium finish in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship.
Jordan King (Carlin), Luis Felipe Derani (Fortec Motorsports), Dennis van de Laar (Van Amersfoort Racing), Eddie Cheever (Prema Powerteam) and Tom Blomqvist (Eurointernational) rounded out the top ten. GP2 driver Stefano Coletti (ma-con) retired from his Formula 3 comeback.
Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport)
“Initially, it was my goal to make a good start, which I did. In the next laps, Raffaele was still able to follow in my slipstream but then I succeeded in pulling a gap. This victory was important to keep my championship hopes alive. My car was great, it was better than in qualifying and got even better and better as the race went on. Initially, I still had some oversteer and therefore I was also given a penalty for running over the white line in the first corner, but as the balance got better and better, the first corner didn’t cause any problems anymore.”
Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam)
“It was a rather boring race. For me, Felix was simply too fast this time, but second place is good as well, because I have scored many points again. Wth a view to the championship, I didn’t want to take any risks and rather settle for the points for second place.”
Sven Müller (Van Amersfoort Racing)
“I am really happy with being on the podium here. My start was good, I was able to move up into fourth place right away. Later on, I had a little bit of luck when Harry Tincknell and Alex Lynn collided in front of me. Thus, I was able to overtake both of them and I was third. For me, this is a good end to my season. I am feeling well in my team and I was able to lean quite a few things from my quick team-mate Dennis van de Laar already.”
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