Felix finished eighth in the opening FIA Formula 3 European Championship race of the weekend at Moscow Raceway, in an event that saw Mücke Motorsport trial an alternative set-up amid continued attempts at unlocking performance ahead of this afternoon’s second qualifying showdown.
After qualifying a lowly 11th yesterday, Felix and the team agreed that radical changes were needed ahead of the race and duly completed a host of set-up alterations.
Felix, eventually promoted to tenth on the grid following a penalty that demoted Jake Dennis, got a good start and powered past Félix Serrallés and Jules Szymkowiak to take eighth early on. He quickly edged onto the gearbox of Nicholas Latifi, but with overtaking proving near-impossible to conduct around the twisty circuit, Felix’s progress was halted and he could do little to upset the Canadian Prema Powerteam man despite being visibly quicker.
As it was, Felix followed Latifi home to finish eighth, while Esteban Ocon demonstrated the importance of a strong qualifying performance by converting pole position into victory, holding off Jordan King’s Carlin machine.
Qualifying 2, which sets up the grid for the second and third races of the weekend, is scheduled to take place at 17.40 local time this evening.
“We obviously had to react after the outcome of yesterday, and so we opted to make quite a significant set-up change ahead of the race. It did feel slightly better – it restored some of the confidence to push, at least in the quicker corners – and it’s a step in the right direction for this afternoon. The race itself was settled after the start; it’s very hard to overtake around here, and there was little I could do to get past Latifi. Qualifying is key and we’ll get another shot at that in a couple of hours.”
|1||2||Esteban Ocon / FRA Prema Powerteam||24||35:47.041|
|2||5||Jordan King / GBR Carlin||24||35:48.577||+01.536|
|3||30||Max Verstappen / NED Van Amersfoort Racing||24||35:49.115||+02.074|
|4||31||Tom Blomqvist / GBR Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||24||35:50.686||+03.645|
|5||3||Lucas Auer / AUT kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport||24||35:54.295||+07.254|
|6||25||Antonio Fuoco / ITA Prema Powerteam||24||35:58.330||+11.289|
|7||1||Nicholas Latifi / CAN Prema Powerteam||24||36:06.720||+19.679|
|8||27||Felix Rosenqvist / SWE kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport||24||36:07.752||+20.711|
|9||21||Félix Serrallés / USA Team West-TecF3||24||36:14.786||+27.745|
|10||16||Gustavo Menezes / USA Van Amersfoort Racing||24||36:15.602||+28.561|
|11||15||Jules Szymkowiak / NED Van Amersfoort Racing||24||36:18.207||+31.166|
|12||26||Dennis van de Laar / NED Prema Powerteam||24||36:18.777||+31.736|
|13||19||Antonio Giovinazzi / ITA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||24||36:20.470||+33.429|
|14||18||Tatiana Calderón / COL Jo Zeller Racing||24||36:25.487||+38.446|
|15||28||Jake Dennis / GBR Carlin||24||36:33.755||+46.714|
|16||29||Santino Ferrucci / USA Eurointernational||24||36:40.375||+53.334|
|17||20||Sean Gelael / INA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||24||36:42.042||+55.001|
|18||4||Roy Nissany / ISR kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport||24||36:48.138||+1:01.097|
|19||22||Hector Hurst / GBR Team West-TecF3||24||36:59.718||+1:12.677|
|20||8||Michele Beretta / ITA Eurointernational||24||37:11.968||+1:24.927|