Felix Rosenqvist took his seventh FIA European Formula 3 race victory of the season at the Red Bull Ring last weekend, with the Prema Powerteam taking over second in the Drivers’ Championship as a result.
The Swede made amends from missing out on the race one victory, where his Prema Powerteam team-mate Jake Dennis moved ahead of the pole-sitting Rosenqvist into the first corner, by fighting off the challenge of Jagonya Ayam with Carlin racer and current championship leader Antonio Giovinazzi in race two.
“Another strong weekend, and it’s great to win at this track again,” revealed Rosenqvist after his race two triumph. “It was a tough race – both Antonio and I were on the limit all the way through – but it was an important result and one that I’m very happy about.
“It was just a shame I lost out to Jake at the start of Race 1, though, because I felt quite a lot quicker and second is never a fantastic result from pole position. The team has done a great job once again, so big thanks to them.”
Rosenqvist was disappointed to not be able to challenge for a second win of the weekend in race three due to the inclement weather forcing an abandonment after just four safety car controlled laps, but felt it was the right decision with the conditions as they were.
“Initially, conditions weren’t too bad, so I thought that the field would be released,” said Rosenqvist. “As a result, the red flag rather surprised my and I was a bit disappointed as well, because I was eager to attack Antonio.
“There were some puddles out of Turn 3 but the rest seemed quite fine. Compared to Norisring it was definitely a lot better.
“From there on it just seemed to get worse, so I think we made the right decision in the end to stop the race.”
Rosenqvist was the biggest points scorer at the Red Bull Ring, and feels he is well-placed to challenge for the title that has eluded him in his lengthy time in Formula 3, with the Swede now second in the championship, 20.5 points behind leading Giovinazzi.
“We are reaching a crucial time of the season when you need to be within striking distance in the standings, and thankfully we are,” said Rosenqvist. “I scored more points than anyone else this weekend, and we’re well-placed for the final few rounds.
“I’ve always been very clear about my aim of winning the title, but it’s still one race at a time and I won’t change anything in my approach over the remainder of the campaign.”