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Felix Rosenqvist, Hockenheim 1Felix Rosenqvist carried his good form from the Formula 3 Euro Series curtain-raiser in France into the second round of the championship, as he claimed another podium at Hockenheim this weekend. The 19-year-old opened proceedings at the German Grand Prix venue by finishing fifth in the opening two races of the weekend, before putting last year’s championship runner-up Marco Wittmann under pressure as the duo disputed second place at the end of Sunday’s Race 3. Rosenqvist eventually finished less than half a second behind his rival, but third place still made the Swede the only rookie to reach the podium this weekend.

“It feels good to be able to prove that our pace at the Paul Ricard season-opener was real, and it’s nice to round off the weekend at Hockenheim in this fashion,” says Felix Rosenqvist. “Already in the first two races, I felt that our pace was good enough for us to be fighting higher up the list than fifth place, but I didn’t want to risk anything at this early stage of the championship and decided to wait for a better opportunity to challenge for the podium. That opportunity then arose in the third race, and I’m obviously very happy about that.”

Rosenqvist qualified fourth for the first race of the weekend, where he later ran into gearbox gremlins when in third place and had to relinquish two positions before the end of the 40-minute event. Race 2 saw the Mücke Motorsport driver produce a solid drive that again resulted in fifth place by the chequered flag. A total of 16 drivers from 12 different nations took part in the Hockenheim round, which also saw the new-for-2011 FIA Formula 3 International Trophy kick off.

“The more I drive in this championship, the more convinced I get that it’s the right place for me to continue my development as a driver,” Rosenqvist concludes. “I was only a couple of tenths off the fastest lap in each of the three races this weekend, and if we can carry on doing the same sort of job we are currently doing, we should be able to continue to fight close to the front of the field. There is absolutely no doubt that it will be tough, but then again it always is at this level and I am well aware that we have to increase our performance further still already ahead of the next race.”

“The more I drive in this championship, the more convinced I get that it’s the right place for me to continue my development as a driver,” Rosenqvist concludes. “I was only a couple of tenths off the fastest lap in each of the three races this weekend, and if we can carry on doing the same sort of job we are currently doing, we should be able to continue to fight close to the front of the field. There is absolutely no doubt that it will be tough, but then again it always is at this level and I am well aware that we have to increase our performance further still already ahead of the next race.”

British F3 champions Carlin will take Jazeman Jaafar, Carlos Huertas and Tom Dillmann to Germany this weekend, to take part in the first FIA Formula 3 International Trophy round at the Hockenheim circuit. The three Carlin drivers will take part in the F3 Euro Series race this weekend, which forms the first round of the new-for-2011 F3 International Trophy.

Jaafar and Huertas are both part of Carlin’s British F3 squad and have claimed podiums in their Volkswagen powered Dallaras already this season. Following three podiums so far in 2011, Jaafar lies second in the championship standings, with Huertas fourth.

Tom Dillmann, who will race with Carlin this season in the GP3 Series, makes a return to F3 this weekend at Hockenheim. The reigning German F3 champion has a good record at the circuit, having won there last year on his way to claiming the 2010 title.

“It will be nice to be back in an F3 car for the first time since I won the German championship,“ said Dillmann. “It will be a big change for us however, of course I have experience of an F3 car and Hockenheim, but it will be a big challenge with the tyres which will be new for me and the team. We will only have limited practice time, so it will be tough, but we need to push from the start and learn as much as possible.”

Jaafar, who is to contest the complete F3 International Trophy is eager for a new challenge in Germany this weekend, “We’ve been strong in the first few races of the season in British F3, so racing at Hockenheim is going to be a good learning experience to add to that. It will be quite a new experience; firstly on the Kumho tyres and secondly in the Euro Series environment. We’ll do our best to get some good results and get as much experience as possible from these international rounds.”

Joining Jaafar in Germany will be BF3 team mate Huertas who added, “This weekend is going to be really interesting for me as I’ll be racing on a tyre I have no previous experience of. It will be really interesting to see what difference this makes and how it affects the car.”

Trevor Carlin added, “This weekend will be a new challenge for us as a team. We know we have a quick car in British F3, but we’re faced with different tyres, different competitors and a different race format this weekend. We have three very quick drivers through and we already know how strong our package is with the Volkswagen engine, so we still need to be aiming for the front.”