Sweden’s Felix Rosenqvist made history by becoming the first driver in the existence of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship to complete a clean-sweep of event victories, when he put in a dominant performance to win all three races on offer at the Red Bull Ring, Austria, this weekend. Rosenqvist’s tremendous form, which saw him underline his trio of victories with a new all-time F3 lap record around the former Grand Prix venue, sees the 21-year-old reduce the gap to championship leader Raffaele Marciello by a full 50 points – now sitting just 27.5 behind the Italian going into the second half of the season.
“Absolutely amazing; this is the best weekend so far in my career,” says Felix Rosenqvist. “We have always been strong at the Red Bull Ring and I did have a good feeling going into this weekend, but winning all three races is obviously a dream scenario not even I could have hoped for. Likewise, becoming the first driver ever to achieve it is just fantastic, particularly given all the great names that have been a part of this championship over the years. This is a massive sign of quality from the entire team, and I really want to thank everyone at Mücke Motorsport for making this possible. We have taken a small but decisive step forward with the car, and from a driving point-of-view, I have been very confident all weekend. The best possible way to get into the summer mood!”
Rosenqvist qualified on the front row of the grid for the first race of the weekend, which he went on to control after passing polesitting Red Bull protégé Daniil Kvyat at the start; eventually taking the chequered flag an emphatic 14.3 seconds ahead of the rest of the 28-car field. Rosenqvist later mirrored his performance in Race 2, before using an ultra-determined move around the outside of Kvyat to secure victory in the concluding race on Sunday morning. In doing so, the Swede became the first man ever to claim the maximum 75 points on offer at each weekend of European Championship racing, while further emphasising his pace by posting the fastest lap in each of the three races.
The FIA Formula 3 European Championship now enters a six-week summer break, with the next round set to take place at the Norisring street circuit in the German city of Nuremberg on July 12-14.
Photo by Mattias Persson.