Spielberg European F3: Felix Rosenqvist adds spectacular third win
|By Jamie O'Leary||Sunday, June 2nd 2013, 09:51 GMT|
Felix Rosenqvist overtook Daniil Kvyat in stunning fashion to set up his third Formula 3 European Championship win of the weekend at Spielberg and further close on the series lead.
The Mucke Motorsport driver, whose result made him the first man to win three times in the series in a single round, started third on the grid and held the position through the first two corners as Raffaele Marciello and Kvyat disputed the top spot.
But as the front two held each other up at the following corner, both Rosenqvist and Latifi's superior exits brought them alongside the pair.
Having safely outdragged championship leader Marciello into the Turn 4 braking zone, Rosenqvist then drove around the outside of Kvyat's Carlin machine through the two following high-speed left-handers.
Rosenqvist's fifth win of 2013 reduced his deficit to Marciello to just 27.5 points, the Swede having begun the weekend 77.5 adrift.
Kvyat took his third runner-up spot of the weekend, 2.6 seconds in arrears, while Lucas Auer finished third; the Austrian passing his Prema team-mate Marciello at Turn 3 on the eighth lap and then fending off pressure from Carlin's Jordan King.
King lost fourth to his Carlin team-mate Harry Tincknell before the end. Marciello, who dropped to eighth after running wide as he lost out to Auer, recovered to sixth by overtaking both Latifi and Pipo Derani.
Latifi just held on to seventh after he and Derani banged wheels at Turn 2 on the penultimate lap. That incident allowed Brit Alex Lynn to haul his Prema car up to eighth, having started back in 19th.
Lynn's cause was also helped by a collision that eliminated Antonio Giovinazzi and Eddie Cheever as the pair - and six others - squabbled over 10th spot at half-distance.
The safety car was deployed for six early laps for an accident that occurred at Turn 1 on the second lap, and which was triggered by a spin from Carlin's Jann Mardenborough.
While most of the pack managed to miss his car, Tom Blomqvist clipped the stationary machine, breaking his own rear suspension and coming to a standstill against a barrier.
Moments later the unsighted Mans Grenhagen ploughed into Mardenborough, and was rear-ended by his Van Amersfoort team-mate Dennis van de Laar, whose car was then launched over the top of the Swede's.
Results - 20 laps: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Felix Rosenqvist Mucke Dallara-Merc 35m12.692s 2. Daniil Kvyat Carlin Dallara-VW + 2.691s 3. Lucas Auer Prema Dallara-Merc + 7.005s 4. Harry Tincknell Carlin Dallara-VW + 8.743s 5. Jordan King Carlin Dallara-VW + 9.845s 6. Raffaelle Marciello Prema Dallara-Merc + 10.236s 7. Nicholas Latifi Carlin Dallara-VW + 18.342s 8. Alex Lynn Prema Dallara-Merc + 19.266s 9. Pipo Derani Fortec Dallara-Merc + 20.606s 10. Roy Nissany Mucke Dallara-Merc + 20.868s 11. Lucas Wolf URD Dallara-Merc + 22.184s 12. Josh Hill Fortec Dallara-Merc + 24.990s 13. Felix Serralles Fortec Dallara-Merc + 26.159s 14. Will Buller Fortec Dallara-Merc + 29.179s 15. Michael Lewis Mucke Dallara-Merc + 38.770s 16. Spike Goddard T-Sport Dallara-Nissan + 39.218s 17. Tatiana Calderon Double R Dallara-Merc + 43.110s 18. Andre Rudersdorf Ma-con Dallara-VW + 55.429s 19. Sandro Zeller Zeller Dallara-Merc + 59.615s Retirements: Sean Gelael Double R Dallara-Merc 18 laps Sven Muller Ma-con Dallara-VW 11 laps Antonio Giovinazzi Double R Dallara-Merc 10 laps Eddie Cheever Prema Dallara-Merc 10 laps Jann Mardenborough Carlin Dallara-VW 1 lap Tom Blomqvist Eurointernational Dallara-Merc 1 lap Mitchell Gilbert Mucke Dallara-Merc 1 lap Mans Grenhagen Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW 1 lap Dennis van de Laar Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW 1 lap