Hockenheim European F3: Felix Rosenqvist wins to keep title hopes alive
|By Jamie O'Leary||Saturday, October 19th 2013, 10:12 GMT|
Felix Rosenqvist kept his bid for the Formula 3 European Championship alive with a dominant victory in the first of three races at the Hockenheim season finale.
The Mucke Motorsport driver made a terrific start from second on the grid to beat points leader Raffaele Marciello into the first corner, and pulled away to a six-second victory.
Rosenqvist's ninth win of the season reduced the Swede's deficit to Ferrari Formula 1 junior driver Marciello from 45.5 to 38.5 with 50 still available from the final two races. Prema Powerteam driver Marciello will wrap up the title on Saturday evening with a fourth-placed finish.
Carlin's Harry Tincknell ran third during the early stages, but was overtaken by British compatriot Alex Lynn at the Spitzkehre on lap seven.
Prema driver Lynn ran wide, banging bodywork with Tincknell and causing both to run off-track at the corner's exit.
Sven Muller nipped past both in one move and went on to take Van Amersfoort Racing's first podium finish in the championship as a result.
Lynn, who was shown the black-and-white flag for his role in the incident, finished fourth while Tincknell lost another spot to Antonio Giovinazzi, but was promoted a place when the Double R driver served a drive-through for exceeding track limits and dropped back to 13th.
Tincknell and Carlin team-mate Jordan King came home fifth and sixth, both coming out on top in entertaining scraps with Dennis van de Laar's Van Amersfoort car.
Pipo Derani was Fortec's top finisher, the Brazilian gradually making up places to finish seventh, ahead of van de Laar, Eddie Cheever (Prema) and Tom Blomqvist (EuroInternational).
Prema's fourth driver, Lucas Auer, stalled on the grid from fifth spot and spent the rest of the race a lap down.
He made contact with Stefano Coletti's Ma-con machine during the middle stages of the race, damaging the nosecone on the latter's car, which did not make the finish.
Results - 22 laps:
Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Felix Rosenqvist Mucke Dallara-Merc 34m42.654s 2. Raffaele Marciello Prema Dallara-Merc +5.940s 3. Sven Muller Van Amersfoot Dallara-VW +10.813s 4. Alex Lynn Prema Dallara-Merc +14.396s 5. Harry Tincknell Carlin Dallara-VW +17.373s 6. Jordan King Carlin Dallara-VW +18.565s 7. Pipo Derani Fortec Dallara-Merc +22.014s 8. Dennis van de Laar Van Amersfoot Dallara-VW +22.728s 9. Eddie Cheever Prema Dallara-Merc +25.311s 10. Tom Blomqvist Eurointernational Dallara-Merc +26.436s 11. Felix Serralles Fortec Dallara-Merc +28.602s 12. Nicholas Latifi Carlin Dallara-VW +30.010s 13. John Bryant-Meisne Fortec Dallara-Merc +30.655s 14. Mitchell Gilbert Mucke Dallara-Merc +33.941s 15. Michael Lewis Mucke Dallara-Merc +34.554s 16. Jann Mardenborough Carlin Dallara-VW +41.522s 17. Antonio Giovinazzi Double R Dallara-Merc +43.424s 18. Roy Nissany Mucke Dallara-Merc +47.126s 19. Lucas Wolf URD Dallara-Merc +51.318s 20. Andre Rudersdorf Ma-con Dallara-VW +52.025s 21. Tatiana Calderon Double R Dallara-Merc +54.500s 22. Spike Goddard T-Sport Dallara-Nissan +59.995s 23. Sandro Zeller Zeller Dallara-Merc +1m02.335s 24. Nick Cassidy Carlin Dallara-VW +1m10.780s 25. Sean Gelael Double R Dallara-Merc +1m22.496s 26. Lucas Auer Prema Dallara-Merc -1 lap Retirements: Stefano Coletti Ma-con Dallara-VW 17 laps Kevin Korjus T-Sport Dallara-Nissan 2 laps