Zandvoort European F3: Rosenqvist wins, Marciello crashes out
|By Marcus Simmons||Sunday, September 29th 2013, 10:06 GMT|
Felix Rosenqvist held off Jordan King in a one-lap sprint after a late safety car to win the final Formula 3 European Championship race of the weekend at Zandvoort.
The safety car was caused by championship leader Raffaele Marciello crashing out of fifth place, and the Italian's disastrous weekend means that Rosenqvist has now destroyed his points advantage to leave it at 9.5 with two rounds - and six races - remaining.
From pole position, Rosenqvist got a perfect start to take the lead in his Mucke Motorsport Dallara-Mercedes, while King got the better of front-row-sitting Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen team-mate Daniil Kvyat to squeeze into second place.
The gap between Rosenqvist and King hovered at around one second, and the Swede could never relax as the newly-crowned British Formula 3 champion kept the pressure on.
"I had all my focus on doing a good start," said Rosenqvist. "I was thinking like the Masters of F3 [which he won in 2011 and this year]: if you're first into Turn 1 you'll probably win.
"I think I had a bit more of a problem with tyre graining than Jordan, and I had to push quite a lot all the time. But 75 points from this weekend - I can't ask for anything more. A perfect outcome."
Alex Lynn made it two Brits on the podium by also demoting Kvyat at the first corner, the Prema Powerteam driver (pictured below) alleviating at least some of the Italian squad's misery over the form of its series-leading driver Marciello.
The Italian had kept the pressure on Kvyat without ever really looking to make a move, and appeared to understeer off the road at one of the Dutch circuit's fast right-handers, hitting the barrier initially with his left-front.
The shunt promoted Fortec Motorsport driver Pipo Derani to fifth, with Carlin's Harry Tincknell completing a trio of sixth-place finishes this weekend.
Tom Blomqvist did a good job to hold off Lucas Auer for much of the race, but the Austrian finally got his chance at the restart and forced his Prema car down the inside of the EuroInternational machine at Tarzan.
Alexander Sims completed a low-key weekend by taking ninth in his T-Sport/ThreeBond machine, holding off a flotilla of Mucke Motorsport drivers for most of the race.
Mitchell Gilbert was best of these to take 10th, while Double R Racing's Antonio Giovinazzi battled through this gaggle to take the final point (with Kvyat being unregistered).
The other Briton, Jann Mardenborough, was on the tail of this scrap to finish 14th.
Apart from Marciello, there were two other accidents, with Nicholas Latifi and Alfonso Celis both hitting the barriers.
Results - 21 laps: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Felix Rosenqvist Mucke Dallara-Merc 35m16.663s 2. Jordan King Carlin Dallara-VW +0.389s 3. Alex Lynn Prema Dallara-Merc +1.523s 4. Daniil Kvyat Carlin Dallara-VW +1.997s 5. Pipo Derani Fortec Dallara-Merc +2.769s 6. Harry Tincknell Carlin Dallara-VW +3.337s 7. Lucas Auer Prema Dallara-Merc +3.819s 8. Tom Blomqvist Eurointernational Dallara-Merc +4.547s 9. Alexander Sims T-Sport Dallara-Nissan +4.949s 10. Mitchell Gilbert Mucke Dallara-Merc +5.582s 11. Antonio Giovinazzi Double R Dallara-Merc +6.166s 12. Roy Nissany Mucke Dallara-Merc +6.754s 13. Michael Lewis Mucke Dallara-Merc +7.330s 14. Jann Mardenborough Carlin Dallara-VW +7.488s 15. Felix Serralles Fortec Dallara-Merc +7.718s 16. Spike Goddard T-Sport Dallara-Nissan +8.439s 17. Eddie Cheever Prema Dallara-Merc +8.917s 18. Andre Rudersdorf Ma-con Dallara-VW +9.360s 19. Lucas Wolf URD Dallara-Merc +9.658s 20. Sean Gelael Double R Dallara-Merc +10.391s 21. Sandro Zeller Zeller Dallara-Merc +10.992s 22. Sven Muller Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW +11.273s 23. Dennis van de Laar Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW +12.017s 24. Tatiana Calderon Double R Dallara-Merc +13.259s Retirements: Raffaele Marciello Prema Dallara-Merc 15 laps Alfonso Celis Fortec Dallara-Merc 10 laps Nicholas Latifi Carlin Dallara-VW 4 laps