Felix was forced to retire from the final FIA Formula 3 European Championship race of the weekend at Hockenheim due to an engine problem when running third.
Starting from fourth on the grid, Felix shot off the line to snatch third from Antonio Giovinazzi, and then joined front-row men Max Verstappen and Esteban Ocon in a breakaway charge that saw the trio open up an immediate gap to their fellow rivals.
Once an early safety car period had been cleared, Felix began to put Race 2 winner Ocon under pressure, as the balance of his Mücke Motorsport machine proved considerably improved in the wake of some further afternoon set-up changes.
It would all turn to nothing on lap five, however, as a sudden loss of engine power forced Felix out of the race and into retirement to conclude a weekend of many challenges at the German Grand Prix venue.
The Mücke Motorsport engineers are yet to identify the cause of the engine problem, and do currently not know whether a replacement unit will be needed for next weekend’s round at Pau. If an engine change proves to be required, Felix would incur a ten-place grid penalty for all three races in France.
“Not exactly the best day of my career. For the first time this weekend, we got the set-up close to where it needs to be, and I felt quicker than Ocon when the engine lost power on the back straight. It was a real shame, and it cost us a potential podium. Still, it was positive to end the weekend on a strong note pace-wise, and with the next race just one week away at Pau, we will be back on-track again shortly – and we’re determined to fight back.”
|1||30||Max Verstappen / NED Van Amersfoort Racing||22||35:44.690|
|2||2||Esteban Ocon / FRA Prema Powerteam||22||35:45.550||+00.860|
|3||25||Antonio Fuoco / ITA Prema Powerteam||22||35:46.467||1.777|
|4||3||Lucas Auer / AUT kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport||22||35:50.831||6.141|
|5||19||Antonio Giovinazzi / ITA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||22||35:51.532||6.842|
|6||28||Jake Dennis / GBR Carlin||22||35:52.298||7.608|
|7||5||Jordan King / GBR Carlin||22||35:56.530||11.840|
|8||4||Roy Nissany / ISR kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport||22||36:10.101||25.411|
|9||16||Gustavo Menezes / USA Van Amersfoort Racing||22||36:11.119||26.429|
|10||7||Riccardo Agostini / ITA Eurointernational||22||36:13.804||29.114|
|11||17||Sandro Zeller / SUI Jo Zeller Racing||22||36:16.078||31.388|
|12||11||Richard Goddard / GBR ThreeBond with T-Sport||22||36:16.610||31.920|
|13||26||Dennis van de Laar / NED Prema Powerteam||22||36:17.758||33.068|
|14||9||Mitchell Gilbert / AUS Fortec Motorsports||22||36:19.461||34.771|
|15||6||Edward Jones / Carlin||22||36:22.107||37.417|
|16||15||Jules Szymkowiak / NED Van Amersfoort Racing||22||36:28.096||43.406|
|17||22||Hector Hurst / GBR Team West-TecF3||22||36:31.687||46.997|
|18||18||Tatiana Calderón / COL Jo Zeller Racing||22||36:34.054||49.364|
|19||10||John Bryant-Meisner / SWE Fortec Motorsports||22||36:34.954||50.264|
|20||12||Alexander Toril / ESP ThreeBond with T-Sport||22||36:37.020||52.330|
|21||8||Michele Beretta / ITA Eurointernational||22||36:46.896||+1:02.206|
|22||20||Sean Gelael / INA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||22||36:51.283||+1:06.593|
|23||21||Félix Serrallés / USA Team West-TecF3||0|
|23||1||Nicholas Latifi / COD Prema Powerteam||12||21:44.368||10L|
|24||27||Felix Rosenqvist / SWE kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport||5||9:16.258||17L|
|25||14||Felipe Guimaraes / BRA Double R Racing||5||9:22.456||17L|
|26||31||Tom Blomqvist / GBR Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||1||2:00.865||21L|
|27||21||Félix Serrallés / USA Team West-TecF3||1||2:10.006||21L|