Felix Rosenqvist maintained his strong form in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship at the Norisring this weekend, as he brought home two second-place finishes and racked up his sixth win of the campaign to make further inroads into overall leader Raffaele Marciello’s advantage at the top of the standings.
Rosenqvist – who arrived at the Nuremberg street circuit fresh from his historic second Masters of Formula 3 win in the Netherlands last weekend – took the chequered flag in second place in both of Saturday’s two races, before going on to overtake Marciello in a battle for the lead and break away to victory in Sunday’s concluding event. Before that, the 21-year-old Swede had underlined his pace by grabbing pole position in an exceptionally closely-fought qualifying session on Friday afternoon, in which he headed the timesheets with the ungraspable margin of just 0.001 seconds.
On his way to victory on Sunday, the Mücke Motorsport man yet again established another new lap record, meaning he now holds the current all-time Formula 3 benchmarks at no less than five international circuits in four countries. Rosenqvist’s performance came under mental strain, after he initially had to race under threat of disqualification following a suspected irregularity concerning a fuel sample. The FIA, however, eventually confirmed no wrongdoing, with Rosenqvist keeping all results.
“This weekend has been a bit of a psychological roller-coaster; and that makes me rate this win, and these results, very highly,” says Felix Rosenqvist. “After all that’s happened, it would have been easy to get distracted, but at the end of the day I go away from here with three podiums, one win and a new lap record – and I couldn’t have asked for more. To add to that, Norisring isn’t my favourite track on the calendar, so to actually be able to close the gap on Raffaele in the championship is more than I expected. The team once again gave me a fantastic car, and we have set ourselves up strongly for the final part of the season as we head to a number of circuits that I really enjoy. This has been a very special weekend, and one that I’ll never forget!”
Felix Rosenqvist now sits just 24.5 points adrift of Marciello in the overall FIA Formula 3 European Championship standings. The next round of the campaign sees the series remain on German soil, as it pays its annual visit to the Nürburgring on August 16-18.
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