Rosenqvist critical of European F3 driving standards


European Formula 3 Championship veteran Felix Rosenqvist has come out to criticise the driving standards of some of his rivals after finding all three of his races compromised at Spa-Francorchamps.

The Swedish Prema Powerteam driver was pushed off the road by Antonio Giovinazzi in race one, before being eliminated in race two in a three car crash that was instigated by his Prema Powerteam team-mate Lance Stroll, with the incident also eliminating Mücke Motorsport driver Mikkel Jensen.

Rosenqvist was also nudged into a spin during race three by Markus Pommer, despite the German Team Motopark driver already having a drive-through penalty for making a dangerous manoeuvre on the Swede the lap before.

“To be perfectly honest, I think these are the worst driving standards I have ever experienced,” said Rosenqvist.

“It is just impossible to race among some of the guys out there, and it doesn’t matter how cautious you are; I was extremely careful in the final race and still got spun around by a driver who had just been handed a drive-through penalty.

“It’s such a shame this is happening, because the championship is fantastic and the organisers are trying their best to address the issues.”

Rosenqvist is worried about the driving standards heading into next weekend’s round at the street circuit of the Norisring, where there will likely be a lot of slipstreaming and close action, with the Swede hoping for a cleaner weekend than what has occurred in the series in the past two events at Spa and Monza.

“Some of the new kids seem to think we’re in a video game, and if it goes on like that at the Norisring we are in real trouble,” added Rosenqvist. “It’s a wall-lined circuit with lots of slipstreaming and heavy braking zones, and I have to admit I’m feeling concerned going there.

“It is possible to race at a high level and to do it in a respectful manner; I think Charles (Leclerc) is a good example of that. Let’s hope for a more sensible weekend in Germany.”