Spielberg European F3: Felix Rosenqvist closes points gap with win
|By Jamie O'Leary||Saturday, June 1st 2013, 10:23 GMT|
Felix Rosenqvist took his third Formula 3 European Championship win of the year at Spielberg on Saturday morning to reduce Raffaele Marciello's points lead.
From second on the grid Mucke Motorsport driver Rosenqvist made one of his trademark getaways to outdrag polesitter Daniil Kvyat into the first corner.
While Red Bull junior driver Kvyat was busy fending off a rearguard assault from Lucas Wolf, Rosenqvist made a break at the front and never headed.
The Swede won by 12 seconds with Carlin driver Kvyat, who is not registered for championship points, taking the best result of his short F3 career.
Wolf ran third for the first half of the race, but the URD Rennsport driver was soon under pressure from Carlin's Jordan King.
King passed Wolf cleanly with eight laps to go and took his maiden podium finish in the series, but when Nicholas Latifi did the same thing to Wolf on the next lap the German ran wide, dropping further spots to Marciello and Sven Muller.
Wolf's day got even worse when was overtaken by both Tom Blomqvist and Alex Lynn at Turn 1 next time round. He misjudged his braking, spinning Blomqvist around (pictured below) and earning himself a drive-through penalty.
Ferrari protege Marciello finished fourth for Prema Powerteam, having started 13th.
After running with Muller for the majority of the race, he passed the German on lap 16 and quickly dispatched Latifi afterwards. His championship lead was reduced by 10 points to 67.5 over Rosenqvist as a result.
Latifi was an excellent fifth with Ma-con driver Muller behind and Lynn seventh - from 17th on the grid.
Eddie Cheever was eighth with Michael Lewis - now recovered following his huge Brands Hatch accident - taking his first points of the year in ninth and Lucas Auer completing the top 10.
Auer had to fight back after spinning to 22nd on lap three following a wheel-banging incident with Muller exiting Turn 2.
Harry Tincknell was another on the fightback. He spun at Turn 2 on the opening lap, possibly as a result of a nudge from a rival, and in the process blocked his Carlin team-mate Jann Mardenborough. They finished 12th and 13th respectively.
Results - 24 laps: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Felix Rosenqvist Mucke Dallara-Merc 34m49.387s 2. Daniil Kvyat Carlin Dallara-VW + 14.306s 3. Jordan King Carlin Dallara-VW + 26.850s 4. Raffaelle Marciello Prema Dallara-Merc + 29.182s 5. Nicholas Latifi Carlin Dallara-VW + 32.274s 6. Sven Muller Ma-con Dallara-VW + 33.815s 7. Alex Lynn Prema Dallara-Merc + 35.358s 8. Eddie Cheever Prema Dallara-Merc + 40.920s 9. Michael Lewis Mucke Dallara-Merc + 41.657s 10. Lucas Auer Prema Dallara-Merc + 42.151s 11. Roy Nissany Mucke Dallara-Merc + 44.829s 12. Harry Tincknell Carlin Dallara-VW + 44.999s 13. Jann Mardenborough Carlin Dallara-VW + 46.820s 14. Will Buller Fortec Dallara-Merc + 48.796s 15. Antonio Giovinazzi Double R Dallara-Merc + 56.215s 16. Lucas Wolf URD Dallara-Merc + 59.128s 17. Tom Blomqvist Eurointernational Dallara-Merc + 1m03.634s 18. Pipo Derani Fortec Dallara-Merc + 1m06.935s 19. Sandro Zeller Zeller Dallara-Merc + 1m11.463s 20. Andre Rudersdorf Ma-con Dallara-VW + 1m11.954s 21. Tatiana Calderon Double R Dallara-Merc + 1m27.718s 22. Sean Gelael Double R Dallara-Merc + 1 lap 23. Dennis van de Laar Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW + 1 lap 24. Spike Goddard T-Sport Dallara-Nissan + 1 lap 25. Mitchell Gilbert Mucke Dallara-Merc + 2 laps Retirements: Mans Grenhagen Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW 16 laps Felix Serralles Fortec Dallara-Merc 7 laps Josh Hill Fortec Dallara-Merc 3 laps