Rosenqvist takes First Win of 2014 in Grand Prix de Pau


Swede Felix Rosenqvist got his FIA European Formula 3 Championship challenge back on track as he took his first win of the season in the third race around the streets of Pau. The Mücke Motorsport driver jumped ahead of pole sitter Esteban Ocon at the start and withstood pressure from the Frenchman to clinch victory in the 73rd running of the ‘Grand Prix de Pau’.

Up until his win, Rosenqvist’s best finish was a fifth place at Hockenheim, and in the previous two races this weekend, he had finished 14th in race one but failed to finish race two after a crash while trying to pass Ocon. He is the sixth different race winner in the nine races so far in 2014.

After losing out to Rosenqvist at the start, Ocon initially held off the challenge of race two winner Tom Blomqvist for second, before shadowing the leader for the duration of the race, being forced to settle for second as the Swede showed no signs of making a mistake around the tricky street circuit. Even the introduction of the safety car after EuroInternational’s Michele Beretta stopped on track didn’t give the Prema Powerteam driver the opportunity to overtake Rosenqvist.

Jagonya Ayam with Carlin’s Blomqvist finished third, with Carlin driver Jake Dennis fourth to follow up his race two podium. Mitchell Gilbert took his best result of the season to date with fifth for Fortec Motorsports, while Lucas Auer was sixth in the sister Mücke car to race winner Rosenqvist.

Dennis van de Laar was seventh for Prema Powerteam ahead of the second Fortec car of Swede John Bryant-Meisner, while Jordan King of Carlin and Antonio Giovinazzi of Jagonya Ayam with Carlin completed the top ten.

Max Verstappen’s weekend that started so promisingly with a podium in race one ended on a sour note with his second consecutive retirement as a result of a crash. The unforgiving walls of Pau meant the Dutchman left the circuit 96 points behind Ocon in the championship after 9 races.

Antonio Fuoco’s failure to break into the top ten meant the highly rated Italian did not score a point all weekend in Pau, and leaves one of the championship favourites with a mountain to climb as he sits one point further behind Ocon than Verstappen in the championship.

It is Tom Blomqvist who is Ocon’s closest rival in the championship after Pau, but even he is 57 points adrift of the Lotus junior driver. Ocon has finished on the podium in the last five races and in eight of the nine races so far in 2014.

Pau Race 3 Result

POS DRIVER NAT TEAM TIME/Laps
1 Felix Rosenqvist SWE Mücke Motorsport 36m01.050s
2 Esteban Ocon FRA Prema Powerteam +0.829s
3 Tom Blomqvist GBR Jagonya Ayam with Carlin +3.401s
4 Jake Dennis GBR Carlin +5.865s
5 Mitchell Gilbert AUS Fortec Motorsport +7.001s
6 Lucas Auer AUT Mücke Motorsport +7.697s
7 Dennis van de Laar NED Prema Powerteam +8.655s
8 John Bryant-Meisner SWE Fortec Motorsport +9.481s
9 Jordan King GBR Carlin +10.356s
10 Antonio Giovinazzi ITA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin +11.449s
11 Antonio Fuoco ITA Prema Powerteam +12.316s
12 Felipe Guimaraes BRZ Double R Racing +19.157s
13 Felix Serralles PUE Team West-Tec F3 +19.550s
14 Jules Szymkowiak NED Van Amersfoort Racing +20.433s
15 Tatiana Calderon COL Jo Zeller Racing +21.795s
16 Roy Nissany ISR Mücke Motorsport +26.242s
17 Ed Jones UAE Carlin +44.458s
18 Hector Hurst GBR Team West-Tec F3 +1 Lap
RET Nicholas Latifi CAN Prema Powerteam 20 Laps
RET Michele Beretta ITA EuroInternational 16 Laps
RET Riccardo Agostini ITA EuroInternational 14 Laps
RET Seal Galael INO Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 8 Laps
RET Max Verstappen NED Van Amersfoort Racing 1 Lap
RET Gustavo Menezes USA Van Amersfoort Racing 1 Lap
RET Alexander Toril ESP ThreeBond with T-Sport 0 Laps
RET Richard Goddard AUS ThreeBond with T-Sport 0 Laps