Starting from third on the grid, Felix slipped behind Jordan King on the opening lap, and then spent most of the remainder of the race defending fourth from Antonio Giovinazzi.
Having survived an attack from the Italian in the Mercedes Arena, Felix opened up a more comfortable gap over the second half of the race, eventually taking the chequered flag 0.8 seconds ahead of the Carlin man.
While the outcome saw Felix just miss out on a podium he so eagerly craved, he could at least take some comfort from having beaten both 2014 champion Esteban Ocon and 2015 Toro Rosso Formula 1 driver Max Verstappen across the line in the final race of the season.
Felix ends up eighth in the 2014 FIA Formula 3 European Championship standings, having scored one victory as he triumphed in the Grand Prix de Pau street race at the beginning of the summer.
“I’m really, really disappointed right now – there’s no point trying to hide it. I did everything I could to get onto that podium today, but the pace simply wasn’t good enough. I was driving at the limit and I couldn’t have pushed harder – the car was really, really on the edge. It’s been the same story all year, really, and it’s been difficult. I will now sit down with the team and analyse what I could have done better, and what we could have done better together, to make sure I learn from this season for the future. It’s the worst feeling in the world not to achieve your targets, but one thing’s for sure: I’ll be back.”
|1||3||Lucas Auer / AUT kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport||21||34:16.838|
|2||5||Jordan King / GBR Carlin||21||34:20.218||+03.380|
|3||31||Tom Blomqvist / GBR Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||21||34:21.412||+04.574|
|4||27||Felix Rosenqvist / SWE kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport||21||34:24.744||+07.906|
|5||19||Antonio Giovinazzi / ITA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||21||34:25.545||+08.707|
|6||30||Max Verstappen / NED Van Amersfoort Racing||21||34:29.473||+12.635|
|7||2||Esteban Ocon / FRA Prema Powerteam||21||34:30.648||+13.810|
|8||20||Sean Gelael / INA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||21||34:35.893||+19.055|
|9||6||Edward Jones / UAE Carlin||21||34:39.840||+23.002|
|10||26||Dennis van de Laar / NED Prema Powerteam||21||34:43.644||+26.806|
|11||28||Jake Dennis / GBR Carlin||21||34:48.178||+31.340|
|12||11||Richard Goddard / AUS ThreeBond with T-Sport||21||34:49.311||+32.473|
|13||4||Roy Nissany / ISR kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport||21||34:52.176||+35.338|
|14||8||Michele Beretta / ITA Eurointernational||21||34:55.057||+38.219|
|15||10||Santino Ferrucci / USA Fortec Motorsports||21||34:55.868||+39.030|
|16||16||Gustavo Menezes / USA Van Amersfoort Racing||21||35:02.020||+45.182|
|17||17||Sandro Zeller / SUI Jo Zeller Racing||21||35:03.338||+46.500|
|18||32||Nick Cassidy / NZL ThreeBond with T-Sport||21||35:09.540||+52.702|
|19||22||Wing Chung Chang / MAC Team West-Tec F3||21||35:20.892||+1:04.054|
|20||15||Jules Szymkowiak / NED Van Amersfoort Racing||20||34:58.061||1L|
|21||12||Alexander Toril / ESP ThreeBond with T-Sport||19||32:03.623||2L|
|22||29||Stefano Coletti / MCO Eurointernational||18||35:06.593||3L|
|–||21||Félix Serrallés / USA Team West-TecF3||0|
|–||18||Tatiana Calderón / COL Jo Zeller Racing||0|
|–||25||Antonio Fuoco / ITA Prema Powerteam||0|