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Alex LynnPrema Powerteam is proud to announce the signing of their first driver for the 2013 FIA F.3 European Championship. The Italian squad, set to return for a new season after the back-to-back titles scored with Roberto Mehri and Daniel Juncadella, reached an agreement with Alex Lynn. The British youngster, born on September the 17, 1993, ended up this season’s British F.3 Championship in fourth place and left a strong impression in the races shared with the European F.3 competition. In 2011, he also won the British Formula Renault 2.0 title after making his series and open-wheel debut in 2010.

Angelo Rosin – Team Principal
“We had to chance to watch Alex drive on some of toughest circuits of the European F.3 Championship and we were definitely impressed by how easily he was fighting for top positions. Then he did a test with us and the first impressions proved right. Lynn is a true talent and the right man for us to continue in being on top at European levels in a series that is set to become even more competitive next season”.

The next 9th of November will be a day to remember for two drivers of the Prema Powerteam stable, as they will be able to move from their Formula 3 Dallaras to the mighty Formula 1 Ferrari that raced in the 2010 World Championship. Eddie Cheever, winner of the 2012 Italian Formula 3 European Series, and Daniel Juncadella, who took the FIA F.3 European Championship honors this season, will line-up for a dream experience behind the wheel of the most renowned Formula 1 cars available.

Thanks to a deal between the two promoters and the Ferrari Driver Academy, awarding a test on the F10 for the best racers of both championships, Cheever and Juncadella will have their first chance to drive a Formula 1 car.

“We’re absolutely happy to have contributed to such a dream achievement for our drivers – said Team Principal Angelo Rosin – they will be experiencing a unique opportunity in a few hours. Eddie is growing up consistently, while Daniel spent the last three years with us and now he’s ready to aim for some top results in the top open-wheel championships”.

Felix RosenqvistFelix Rosenqvist brought the 2012 European Formula 3 championship campaign to the best possible close by winning both feature races at this weekend’s season-finale at Hockenheim. The Swede backed up his recent triumphs in the Netherlands and Spain with an emphatic showing in Friday qualifying, where he blitzed the 20-car field to secure pole position for the first as well as the concluding third race of the meeting with the biggest margin of the year (0.378s). Rosenqvist then went on to control both events from start to finish, posting the fastest lap of the opening race as he underlined his performance on a weekend that gave him third place overall in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship standings.

“The perfect way to end the season, and proof that all the hard work we’ve carried out over the last few rounds has really paid off,” says Felix Rosenqvist. “Following my wins at Zandvoort and Valencia, I really wanted to keep the momentum going throughout this weekend, and I couldn’t have asked for more than a double pole position and two race wins. Big, big thanks to everyone at Mücke Motorsport who made it possible for us to achieve this!”

Rosenqvist – who took the chequered flag in ninth in the shorter, reverse-grid Race 2 – ends up fourth overall in the Formula 3 Euro Series standings (27.5 points behind champion Daniel Juncadella), and third in the FIA European F3 Championship. The Swede’s recent charge has seen him out-score every single one of his rivals over the last three rounds of 2012, during which he has won four out of the six full-length feature races that have been run.

“Unfortunately, we found our feet a bit too late to be able to truly challenge for the title – and, considering the massive amounts of misfortune we’ve had this year, it’s still somewhat of a chock to find myself in third in the FIA European F3 Championship,” Rosenqvist concludes. “I’ve lost out on three potential wins due to penalties and on-track incidents, but some of that was due to my own mistakes and I have to be happy with having enjoyed such a positive end to the campaign. Last, but not least, big congratulations to Daniel Juncadella; he deserves the title.”

Felix Rosenqvist’s final outing of 2012 will take place at the end-of-season Macau Grand Prix in China, the most prestigious and important Formula 3 race on the entire calendar, on November 15-18.

Felix RosenqvistFelix Rosenqvist followed up his victory at last month’s Formula 3 Euro Series and FIA European Formula 3 Championship round at Zandvoort with another triumph at Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia this weekend. The 20-year-old Swede controlled Sunday’s concluding race from start to finish, and went on to win five and a half seconds ahead of local favourite Daniel Juncadella. On his way to victory, Rosenqvist also found time to establish a new lap record at the Spanish venue, as he shattered the previous benchmark by a whopping 2.3 seconds.

“One of my better races, and I really want to thank Mücke Motorsport for giving me a fantastic car here in Valencia,” says Felix Rosenqvist. “For once, everything came together as we had planned, and once I’d taken the lead from Daniel (Juncadella) into Turn 1, I felt very comfortable behind the wheel. I was able to open up a two-second gap on the first lap, and from there on it was all about not making any mistakes. To post a new lap record, which I did on the final lap of the race, obviously doesn’t hurt either!”

Much like at Zandvoort, Rosenqvist proved to be the only driver truly able to challenge championship leaders Prema Powerteam for pole position in Friday qualifying, eventually ending up second. A good start then saw the Swede grab the lead at the beginning of Race 1 and pull away from his rivals – in a similar development to that in the Sunday event – only for the stewards to hand him a drive-through penalty for having positioned himself incorrectly on the grid ahead of the start. Rosenqvist wound up 13 , and later fought his way back up to eighth in Race 2.

“The first part of the weekend was a nightmare, but that only makes today’s win all the more sweet,” Rosenqvist concludes. “I’m confident that we could have won the first race as well if it hadn’t been for the penalty, but that’s the way it is and we have at least proved to everyone that we were the fastest package on the track this weekend. I’m already looking forward to the season-finale, and I will be going flat out for more by then!”

The concluding round of the Formula 3 Euro Series and FIA European F3 Championship campaign is set to take place at Hockenheim in Germany – where Felix Rosenqvist won one of the races last year – on October 19-21.

Formula 3 Euro Series Netherlands (NL)One month after the last race held in Holland, the European F.3 circus is back for the penultimate round of the 2012 series at Valencia. Prema Powerteam will make their return on the same racetrack that enabled them to celebrate the 2011 title on last 2nd of October. The aim is to repeat the same successful result.

Daniel Juncadella and Raffaele Marciello (the Italian is part of the Ferrari Driver Academy), are holding a 1-2 lead in the FIA European Championship aboard their Mercedes-powered Dallaras and they can count on a comfortable margin over Sainz. In the Euro Series standings (which do not include the points scored at Pau and Spa-Francorchamps), Juncadella leads with a 20-point advantage on Wehrlein.

At Valencia, the two remaining Prema men Michael Lewis and Sven Muller will try to keep their momentum high as they hope to get back onto the podium and stay into the leading pack.

Weekend Schedule

Friday, September 28
Practice 1: 10:35
Practice 2: 11:30
Qualifying: 15:45

Saturday, September 29
Race 1: 11:15
Race 2: 15:25

Sunday, September 30
Race 3: 11:15

FIA European Championship
1.Juncadella 204; 2.Marciello 169,5; 3.Sainz 153; 4.Wehrlein 123; 5.Buller 119; 6. Rosenqvist 117.

Euro Series
1.Juncadella 187; 2.Wehrlein 162; 3. Buller 155,5; 4.Marciello 148,5; 5.Rosenqvist 134.5; 6.Muller 126.

Photo by ts-photo / Thomas Suer.

Felix RosenqvistFelix Rosenqvist finally managed to break free from his 2012 jinx when he won the opening race of the Formula 3 Euro Series and FIA European Formula 3 Championship weekend at Zandvoort in the Netherlands. Rosenqvist used a strong start to grab the lead from second place on the grid, and went on to control the race – which took place at the same venue where he won the prestigious RTL GP Masters of Formula 3 last year – on his way to his first win of the season. To underline his pace further still, the Swede also posted the fastest lap of the event and leaves Zandvoort with a much-improved position in the championship standings.

“Finally, we got the chance to show what we’re really capable of when we manage to steer clear of problems and incidents, and it feels great to have achieved this together with Mücke Motorsport” says Felix Rosenqvist. “We have been working hard for this, and after all the setbacks we’ve encountered off late, this was exactly what everyone in the team needed. I made a good start, and from there on it was just about not making any mistakes. We have been among the very fastest here this weekend, and Zandvoort continues to be kind to me!”

Rosenqvist showed his intentions already in Friday qualifying, as he proved to be the only driver able to challenge championship leaders Prema Powerteam for pole position. After missing out on top slot by less than a tenth of a second, the 20-year-old then managed to beat the full armada of cars from the Italian outfit in the first race, before going on to complete the weekend with sixth place in a shortened Race 2 and fourth in the concluding Race 3.

“I had to start from eighth in Race 2 due to the reverse-grid regulations, so sixth was actually an OK result – even though you always aim for more,” Rosenqvist concludes. “The final race was highly eventful and very fun to take part in, but unfortunately I started on wet-weather tyres which turned out to be the wrong choice. I took the lead in the opening stages but fell back when I had to pit for slicks, and considering all the chaos that took place, fourth was an acceptable outcome. Overall, of course, this was the best weekend so far this year!”

The next round of the Formula 3 Euro Series and FIA European F3 Championship season takes place in Valencia, Spain, on September 28-30.

Sven MüllerPrema Powerteam will have one goal for the next European Formula 3 race at Zandvoort: forget the Nurburgring by working harder than ever and focusing on the future. The Italian squad is about to round out their great summer run exactly where it started in mid July with the F.3 Masters. Then, they lined-up for the FIA European Championship at Spa-Francorchamps in late, July and at the Nurburgring in mid August. After Zandvoort, teams and drivers will benefit from a 1-month break before their final stint including Valencia (September the 30th) and Hockenheim (October the 21st).

Prema is currently leading both the FIA European Championship and the Euro Series championship and is clearly looking forward to keep their record straight. Daniel Juncadella, who’s holding the point in the two series, will be back where he scored a spectacular Masters win and is determined to repeat the same results. Raffaele Marciello is looking for a comeback race after having become the early star of the European season. Sven Muller and Michael Lewis are each day more convincing, and they sure will be aiming to leave a strong impression at Zandvoort.

Weekend Schedule

Friday, August 24

10.35-12.20: Practice
16.30-17.00: Qualifying

Saturday, August 25

11.15: Race 1
15.25: Race 2

Sunday, August 26

11.15: Race 3

All the races will be video-streamed live on www.f3euroseries.com

Photo by ts-photo / Thomas Suer.

Felix RosenqvistFelix Rosenqvist returned to the podium at this weekend’s Formula 3 Euro Series and FIA European Formula 3 Championship round at the Nürburgring, when he went from fifth on the grid to third by the chequered flag in the second race of the meeting at the German venue. The Swede featured in the battle for the top positions all through the event, and got his cause off to a promising start with second place in Friday qualifying. Rosenqvist then used a strong getaway to immediately challenge for the lead in the opening race of the weekend, but eventually had to settle for fourth after losing momentum around the first corner and getting stuck behind team-mate Pascal Wehrlein. The Race 2 podium was Rosenqvist’s sixth so far during the 2012 Formula 3 Euro Series season.

“It’s good to be back on the Formula 3 Euro Series podium, but at the same time, we really had the potential to achieve much more here at the Nürburgring – we had pace enough to win races,” says Felix Rosenqvist. “I came close to taking the lead from Daniel Juncadella in the first race, but the move didn’t quite stick and instead I found myself ending up fourth. Race 2 was actually one of my better drives to date, and we have definitely taken a step forward with the car this weekend.”

The major talking point of the event, however, was an incident that took place at the start of the final race on Sunday morning, where Rosenqvist was forced off the track in another – and controversial – dice for the lead with Juncadella. Rosenqvist was thrown into retirement when his Mücke Motorsport car hit the barriers at high speed, while Juncadella had to accept a drive-through penalty for having caused the collision.

“In my opinion, what happened at the start of Race 3 was very, very dangerous,” Rosenqvist concludes. “Daniel is normally a good guy and a friend of mine, but this time I don’t really know what he was thinking. I was left with nowhere to go as he pushed me onto the grass, and there was nothing I could do to avoid a crash. This is just not meant to be my season, but the best thing we can do is to move on from this and try to grow with every setback weencounter. It’s not easy at the moment, but I’ve got a great team behind me and I really appreciate all the support I get from friends, fans and supporters. We will be back!”

Felix Rosenqvist will return to action as early as next weekend, when the F3 fraternity heads to Zandvoort.

Felix RosenqvistFelix Rosenqvist came away with fourth as his best result when the FIA European Formula 3 Championship took to the legendary grounds of Spa-Francorchamps this weekend. Rosenqvist faced competition from 28 other drivers from both the European and British F3 series, and got off to a solid start with fifth place overall on his first acquaintance with the challenging Belgian venue behind the wheel of an F3 car in the opening free practice session.

The Swede, however, was later held back by yellow flags on no less than three out of his four flying laps in qualifying, but still managed to haul himself back up to fourth among the European Championship drivers in the first race of the weekend – aided by a strong conclusion to the event which saw him constantly lap among the fastest on track.

“This was always going to be a challenging weekend for all of the European Championship regulars as we had to adapt to the tyres and rules used in the British series, but Spa is just an amazing circuit and I thoroughly enjoyed driving here,” says Felix Rosenqvist. “I was unlucky in qualifying with all the yellow flags effectively destroying my session, which made things a bit more complicated for Race 1. I eventually managed to make up some of the lost ground to finish fourth, and it was particularly pleasing to see that we took care of the tyres very well towards the end. We were not fast enough to challenge for victory here, though, so we still have a lot of work to do.”

The second race of the weekend was cancelled completely when the infamous Spa micro-climate transformed the circuit into a lake within a matter of second shortly before the start. Rosenqvist was set to start the race from the front row, but the cancellation meant he never got the opportunity to convert his grid slot into a potentially strong result. In the final race of the meeting, the Mücke Motorsport man then retired after colliding with championship leader Raffaele Marciello in the poor visibility brought about by another shower of rain.

“I want to apologise to Raffaele for the clash in the final race; I couldn’t see anything in the spray as we headed into the Bus Stop chicane, and once I realised he was there, it was too late to react,” Rosenqvist concludes. “It obviously wasn’t intentional, and it marked the end of the race for me. This was a weekend of what-could-have-been had we managed to steer clear of the misfortune which seems to haunt us this year – but we’ll bounce back…”

Felix Rosenqvist’s next race outing will take place at the Nürburgring in Germany on August 17-19.

Felix RosenqvistFelix Rosenqvist secured the first pole position of his Formula 3 Euro Series and FIA European F3 Championship career at the Red Bull Ring this weekend – but an almost unreal array of misfortune still saw the 20-year-old leave the Austrian venue with just five points to his name. Rosenqvist became the first Swede in the history of the two championships to grab pole position as he topped the timesheets in Friday qualifying, only to see two separate penalties – one of which forced him to surrender his on-the-road lead in the final race of the weekend – deny him of anything like the sort of result his pace had indicated that he was capable of.

“A very, very tough weekend – and that’s putting it nicely,” says Felix Rosenqvist. “It all began very well when I topped the times in free practice, and then we underlined our pace by going fastest again in qualifying. The events that took place in the races, however, were unbelievable. It was particularly tough to get penalised when I was leading the final race and felt really comfortable in the car, but unfortunately that’s motor racing. We were quick enough to win this weekend, but sometimes that’s not enough and I’m obviously disappointed.”

Having been handed a drive-through penalty for ignoring yellow flags, Rosenqvist ended up in ninth place in the first race of the weekend – where he had featured in a fight for the podium. Race 2 then saw the Swede retire following a collision with rival Lucas Wolf, but Race 3 got off to a promising start as Felix consolidated his lead from pole position. Rosenqvist and eventual race winner Daniel Juncadella immediately opened up a gap to the rest of the field, but another penalty – this time for having jumped the start – effectively turned a potential victory into sand.

“I can’t blame anyone for the false start in Race 3; I simply wanted too much,” Rosenqvist concludes. “It’s always tough to surrender a possible victory when everything looks so good, and I had even saved four new tyres for that race. We will now move on from this and look forward to the next race – at least it can’t be any worse there!”

Mücke Motorsport and Felix Rosenqvist will travel straight from Austria to EuroSpeedway Lausitz in Germany for two days of testing next week, before racing resumes at the Norisring street circuit on June 29-July 1.