Felix Rosenqvist emerged as the main rival of points’ leader Raffaele Marciello.
After the first season half of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, Swede Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) emerged as the main rival of points’ leader and ’half-time champion’ Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam).Red Bull Ring, he scored 50 points more than the Italian and reduced his gap in the drivers’ standings from 77.5 to 27.5 points. Next to the two title candidates, Jordan King (Carlin) and Lucas Wolf (URD Rennsport) also showed a convincing performance in Austria.
Raffaele Marciello again Felix Rosenqvist - that was the verdict at the halfway point of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. For the first time this season, points’ leader Marciello started the journey home after a race weekend without at least one victory under his belt.
For his main rival Rosenqvist, it was an entirely different affair: he was nearly unbeatable in Styria. Both in the first and in the second race, he controlled the field and won both races with a huge margin. In the third race, Daniil Kvyat (Carlin) was able to keep up very well, but he couldn’t challenge the Mücke driver’s victory.
“As far as the races and the point score are concerned, it was a perfect weekend,” said a buoyant Rosenqvist. “For an entirely perfect weekend, I only missed the pole positions.” All three of these were taken by Red Bull junior driver Daniil Kvyat. “At the moment, the start is my problem,” the latter analysed.
“I have much less experience in Formula 3 than, for instance, Felix Rosenqvist, who is a very good starter. But I don’t want to use that as an excuse. I have to work on improving my starts.” Still, the Russian went home quite happy with three second places.
Two young drivers shone with third places at Spielberg in Austria: with Jordan King (Carlin) and Lucas Wolf (URD Rennsport), two youngsters scored their maiden podium results in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship.
Wolf, who already did well by claiming third, second and sixth place on the grid in the rainy qualifying session, also scored the coveted first podium result for his team in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. Lucas Auer (Prema Powerteam) used his home advantage to finish third in the race on Sunday.
Season rounds 16, 17 and 18 will take place at the Norisring in Nuremberg from July 12th till 14th, 2013.