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Felix RosenqvistFelix Rosenqvist brought the 2013 FIA Formula 3 European Championship campaign to an emphatic close by winning twice at this weekend’s season-finale at Hockenheim, Germany.

Rosenqvist wasted no time in showing his intentions ahead of the finale, topping Friday’s free practice session and bagging front-row grid slots for all three of the weekend’s races – including claiming pole position for Saturday’s Race 2. The 21-year-old Mücke Motorsport man then went on to control the opening race of the meeting after grabbing the lead off the line, eventually winning by 5.9 seconds over second-placed Raffaele Marciello (Italy). Rosenqvist later repeated his performance in the subsequent Race 2 to lead home a trio of cars from title-winning outfit Prema Powerteam.

In the season-ending final race on Sunday, the Swede finished second behind newly-crowned champion Marciello in a rain-hit event, in which the duo ran away from the rest of the field and took the chequered flag separated by just two tenths of a second. To further underline his pace, Rosenqvist – who ends up second overall in the 2013 FIA Formula 3 European Championship standings – posted the fastest lap of each of the three races.

“A really, really strong way to end the campaign,” says Felix Rosenqvist. “With two wins, a second place and three fastest laps this weekend, our pace has hopefully been there for everyone to see, and it’s great to have capped things off in this manner. We go away from here with some very strong results, and we have to be proud of what we’ve achieved this year. Big congratulations to Raffaele on winning the title; we’ve had some good battles this year, and I think we’ve spurred each other on throughout the campaign. Last but not least, I want to thank the entire team at Mücke Motorsport for a great season, and all of my fans and followers who have offered some truly fantastic support in good times and in bad. It has meant a lot to me, and I hope I’ve paid back for some of it this weekend.”

Felix Rosenqvist’s 2013 FIA Formula 3 European Championship CV includes a total of 10 race wins, 18 podiums, four pole positions and 10 fastest laps. The 21-year-old concludes the campaign sitting more than 100 points clear of third-placed Briton Alex Lynn. Alongside his championship accomplishments, 2013 has also seen Rosenqvist win the prestigious Masters of Formula 3 for a second time. As part of the award package on offer in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, Rosenqvist will be given a World Series by Renault test in Spain later this year.

Photo by Mattias Persson / Motorsport Publication.

Felix RosenqvistFelix Rosenqvist put in a series of spirited fightback drives at the penultimate FIA Formula 3 European Championship round of the season at Vallelunga this weekend, as he battled to minimise the damage of a broken suspension that put him on the sidelines in the early stages of Saturday qualifying.

The qualifying adversity forced Rosenqvist to line up 27th and last for both the first and second race of the weekend – on a track notorious for its lack of overtaking opportunities. The 21-year-old would take no prisoners once the red lights went out, however, clawing his way back up to tenth and ninth respectively in the two races to earn himself some potentially decisive championship points.

In the final race of the weekend, Rosenqvist finished sixth after once again making up several positions from another lowly grid slot (also a consequence of his qualifying woes). The Mücke Motorsport man leaves Vallelunga – which he visited for the first time this weekend – still in second place in the overall standings, with title rival Raffaele Marciello using the benefit of home soil to open up a 45.5-point advantage with 75 points left up for grabs at next weekend’s Hockenheim finale.

“Results-wise, this was obviously a dark weekend, although we did manage to make the most of where we were after qualifying,” Felix Rosenqvist says. “Our chances were effectively ruined by one tenth of bad luck in qualifying – I hit a kerb from an unfortunate angle, and broke the suspension before I could set any representative time – but to fight back like that and actually score some points felt really good. I am disappointed at some of the on-track behaviour and some decisions taken this weekend – particularly in the final race, where I think some of our main rivals got away with some clear infringements – but that has only made me even more motivated for Hockenheim; and I will be going absolutely flat out again in a couple of days’ time.”

Felix Rosenqvist has now mathematically secured at least second place overall in the 2013 FIA Formula 3 European Championship standings, with third-placed Alex Lynn unable to overhaul the Swede regardless of the outcome at Hockenheim.

Photo by Mattias Persson / Motorsport Publication.

Felix RosenqvistFelix Rosenqvist fought back in the fight for the 2013 FIA Formula 3 European Championship title by claiming the maximum 75 points on offer – and winning twice – at Zandvoort this weekend.

Rosenqvist once again proved to be the man to beat at the Dutch venue – where he won the Masters of Formula 3 for a second time earlier in the year – as he blitzed the 27-car field to score two pole positions in Friday qualifying; one of them by a margin of more than four tenths. The Swede then finished second in the first race of the weekend, but was handed the maximum score of 25 points as he came home behind non-championship runner Daniil Kvyat – before going on to convert pole position into victory in both of the remaining races at the meeting.

Further underlining his pace, Rosenqvist notched up the fastest lap of both races two and three, while simultaneously bettering his own 2012 FIA Formula 3 European Championship lap record.

Rosenqvist’s Dutch performance means he has now reduced the deficit to championship rival Raffaele Marciello (Italy) from 72.5 to just 9.5 points, setting up an ultra-dramatic chase for the title with 150 points still up for grabs in the two remaining rounds of the campaign. Marciello and Rosenqvist are now more than 120 points clear of third-placed Alex Lynn in the standings.

“An absolutely incredible weekend; Zandvoort certainly is the place for me,” Felix Rosenqvist says. “I did not expect to go away from here less than ten points adrift of the championship lead, and the outcome of this weekend has put us firmly back in the title hunt once more. We’ve scored the maximum 75 points on offer, won two out of three races, topped qualifying and set two fastest laps and a new lap record – it certainly could have been a lot worse! Big, big thanks to the entire team at Mücke Motorsport for giving me such a great car this weekend. We now have to redirect our focus towards the final two rounds of the season, and we have to work as hard as we humanly can to try and maintain this form in Italy and Germany.”

The penultimate round of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship season will be staged at the Italian circuit of Vallelunga – a new acquaintance for Rosenqvist – on October 11-13. The finale takes place at Hockenheim (Germany) a week later.

Photo by Mattias Persson / Motorsport Publication.

Felix RosenqvistFelix 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.

Photo by Mattias Persson / Motorsport Publication.

Felix RosenqvistFelix Rosenqvist became only the second driver in history to win the classic Masters of Formula 3 at Zandvoort twice, controlling the 2013 edition from pole position on Sunday afternoon to equal a feat previously only achieved by F1 star Valtteri Bottas.

Rosenqvist – who won the Dutch blue-riband event for the first time in 2011 – dominated proceedings throughout, going fastest in free practice as well as both of Saturday’s qualifying sessions as he became the first Swede ever to claim Masters of Formula 3 pole position. In the race itself, Rosenqvist then maintained his ultra-strong form, winning by 5.7 seconds and underlining his pace by posting the fastest lap.

“An unbelievable weekend – everything has really gone absolutely according to plan,” says Felix Rosenqvist. “I want to thank the entire team at Mücke Motorsport for giving me such a great car, and this is a victory I’ll always remember. It feels fantastic to have won the Masters of Formula 3 a second time, and to have done it in this emphatic way. We’ve been the fastest in practice, both qualifying sessions and in the race, and it simply doesn’t get any better. I pushed for the first three laps and quite quickly got a decent gap, and then it was all about controlling the lead. Now, the team has deserved to celebrate this success, but then we need to swap our attention towards the next race first thing tomorrow.”

Rosenqvist’s advantage over the rest of the 24-car field possibly best manifested itself in qualifying, where the 21-year-old Mercedes junior bagged pole position by almost three tenths of a second.

Felix Rosenqvist will return to action next weekend, as the FIA Formula 3 European Championship hits the streets of Nuremberg in Germany for its traditional summer visit to the Norisring.

Photo by Thomas Suer / ts-photo.de.

Felix RosenqvistFelix Rosenqvist will take part in the 2013 RTL GP Masters of Formula 3 at Zandvoort, as he makes his third consecutive start in the prestigious standalone event. Rosenqvist became the first Swede ever to win the Dutch classic with a triumphant performance on his debut in 2011, and is once again set to represent his regular outfit Mücke Motorsport. The 21-year-old will head into the blue-riband race sitting in second place overall in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship standings, having installed himself in the F3 history books with an emphatic clean-sweep of victories at the latest round of the season in Austria.

“It feels great to be back on the RTL GP Masters of Formula 3 grid again this year,” says Felix Rosenqvist. “My 2011 win remains one of my fondest memories, and – considering our recent form in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship – we have reason to be optimistic about our chances. Still, I am absolutely convinced that this will mark a real challenge for us. We will be racing on different tyres to those we use during the rest of the season, and that has a very significant impact on the car. Having said that, however, we did gather plenty of data last year, and that will hopefully allow us to field a strong package and fight for the win.”

The RTL GP Masters of Formula 3 is an esteemed highlight on the international junior single-seater calendar, and widely regarded as one of the two most important F3 events on the globe next to the end-of-season Macau Grand Prix in China. Apart from Rosenqvist, the list of previous winners includes the likes of Formula 1 stars Lewis Hamilton, Paul di Resta, Nico Hulkenberg, Jules Bianchi and Valtteri Bottas.

“We are excited to return to the RTL GP Masters of Formula 3 together with Felix next month,” says Peter Mücke (Mücke Motorsport team principal). “He heads into the race as the only previous winner on the grid on the back of our 2011 victory, and he is certainly one of the favourites again this time around. Felix’s European Championship results speak for themselves – what he did in Austria last time out was absolutely spectacular – and we will do everything we can to keep it all up at Zandvoort.”

The RTL GP Masters of Formula 3 takes place on July 5-7.

Photo by Mattias Persson.

Felix Rosenqvist, Red Bull Ring 3Sweden’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.

Felix RosenqvistFelix Rosenqvist continued to feature among the frontrunners as the FIA Formula 3 European Championship visited the British venue of Brands Hatch this weekend. The Swede took the chequered flag in fourth place in the opening race of the meeting and went on to add further valuable points to his tally by coming home fifth among the 29 runners in Saturday’s Race 2, before being propelled onto the podium in Sunday’s concluding Race 3 after championship rival Raffaele Marciello was disqualified for a technical infringement.

Rosenqvist enjoyed a strong start to the weekend, as he immediately topped the opening free practice session on Friday afternoon. The 21-year-old Mücke Motorsport youngster then went on to go third fastest in qualifying, where he was one of just four drivers – and the only one not racing for reigning champions Prema Powerteam – to dip below the 41-second mark. Due to a Brands Hatch-specific qualifying structure, however – aimed at reducing traffic around the 1.9 km venue by splitting the field into two groups – Rosenqvist was forced to start all three of the weekend’s races from fifth on the grid; leaving him with little room for a victory assault given the exceptionally tight confines and limited overtaking opportunities at the British track.

“I always aim to win and will never be satisfied unless I do – but at the same time, we have to realise that we probably made the most out of the cards we had on hand this weekend,” says Felix Rosenqvist. “The level of competition in this championship is incredible, and a good example of that played out to my disadvantage in qualifying; where one hundredth of a second meant the vital difference between third and fifth on the grid for Sunday’s final race. It’s just impossible to overtake around here, and I personally don’t think this is what racing should be about; if you’re faster than the car in front, you have to be given a fair chance of getting ahead. Considering how things transpired, we have to be happy with having scored yet another podium on a weekend when not everything worked out in our favour. Big thanks to the team for having given me a fast and reliable car.”

The next round of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship takes place at the Red Bull Ring in Austria in two weeks. Felix Rosenqvist currently remains in second place in the overall standings.

Photo: Mattias Persson.

Felix Rosenqvist, Hockenheim 5Felix Rosenqvist claimed his second win of the season when the FIA Formula 3 European Championship reached Hockenheim this weekend. The Swede used an extraordinary start to grab the lead from fourth on the grid in Sunday’s concluding race, as he repeated his success of Silverstone from three weeks ago – where he scored his first triumph of 2013.

Rosenqvist leaves the German Grand Prix venue having cemented his second place in the overall standings, after having added to his points tally by finishing eighth and tenth respectively in the opening two races of the meeting – results which were compromised by the Mücke Motorsport man encountering traffic on his flying laps in the first segment of Friday qualifying. In the second qualifying outing, however, Rosenqvist proved to be a pole position contender, eventually ending up on the second row in the 29-car field – just 0.169 seconds adrift of first place.

Sunday’s victory marks Rosenqvist’s fourth F3 triumph at Hockenheim.

“A great way to end the weekend, and it feels fantastic to have won at Hockenheim once again,” says Felix Rosenqvist. “We had to fight an uphill struggle following the issues of Qualifying 1, and that unfortunately hurt us quite a lot in the first two races – and we probably haven’t had quite the outright pace we were hoping for this weekend. I knew it would take a perfect race with no mistakes to win today, and that makes this victory extra special. I made a really good start and managed to defend my lead over the first half of the race, and the car then came into life for real during the second part, which enabled me to build a gap over the rest of the field. We still have some work to do before we are where we want to be, but the team has done a great job this weekend and we’re moving in the right direction. They really deserved this success.”

The FIA Formula 3 European Championship resumes at Brands Hatch, Great Britain, on May 17-19.

Photo by Mattias Persson.

Felix Rosenqvist, SilverstoneFelix Rosenqvist produced an emphatic performance as the FIA Formula 3 European Championship returned to action at Silverstone this weekend, completing a podium clean-sweep and claiming his first win of the year in thrilling fashion. Rosenqvist used a couple of spectacular overtaking moves around the outside of British home favourites Will Buller and Harry Tincknell to snatch victory in the second race of the meeting, as the Swede joined the winners’ circle in one of the most competitive single-seater series on the junior motor racing arena. To add to his tally, the Mücke Motorsport man came home third in the opening race of the weekend and capped off activities by finishing second in the concluding Race 3, where he was involved in a fierce battle for victory with championship leader Raffaele Marciello.

Rosenqvist, who opened proceedings at the British Grand Prix venue by going fastest in Friday’s free practice session and then went on to feature inside the top three in all of the remaining outings over the weekend, now sits in second place in the overall standings – having out-scored all of his rivals in the 30-car field over the course of the rain-affected event.

“A truly great weekend, and this was exactly what we needed after the challenging premiere we suffered at Monza,” says Felix Rosenqvist. “We’ve been working hard to get ourselves to this level, and it was particularly pleasing to be able to deliver these results on a weekend of such changeable weather. Our pace has been strong in both wet and dry conditions, but there is still room for improvement – and we definitely haven’t reached our maximum potential yet. The Race 2 win was probably the nicest I’ve ever achieved; I was leading the race in the early stages, but then I misunderstood the rules and accidentally lost two places during a safety car restart – and I learned a lot from that mistake. It also made me more determined than ever to fight back and win that race, and eventually I managed to do so. Big, big thanks to the team for giving me a competitive car this weekend – hopefully there will be more to come!”

The next round of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship will take place at Hockenheim – where Felix Rosenqvist scored a double victory at the end of last season and holds the current F3 lap record – on May 3-5.