Race 13 of the FIA F3 European Championship at the Red Bull Ring saw a racing master class from kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport’s Felix Rosenqvist, as the Swede took the lead from Carlin’s Daniil Kvyat at the very first corner of the 4.326km Austrian track and never looked back. He casually extended his lead from lights to flag, with the young Russian Red Bull Junior team member easily securing another podium for the season.
Rosenqvist was unchallenged for the duration of the race, as was Kvyat, but Carlin F3 rookie, Jordan King, was made to fight hard for his podium spot, having been in a close fight with URD Rennsport’s Lucas Wolf for half the race, as the German driver kept ahead of the young Brit until lap 16. Canada’s Nicholas Latifi also went by Wolf, who later had a collision with Eurointernational’s Tom Blomqvist and ended up serving a drive-through penalty, pushing him back down the order to 16th.
Current points leader Raffaele Marciello had a busy time out in the first race as well, making steady progress through the field, having some close quarter battles along the way, but made it to 4th place as the flag dropped, ahead of ma-con’s Sven Muller, who has had his fair share of incidents early on in the season, but was able to round out the top five.
The rest of the Prema Powerteam squad showed their strengths, as Alex Lynn, Eddie Cheever and Lucas Auer finished in 6th, 7th and 10th respectively, with the Austrian driver making a steady comeback on home soil, after early contact spun him down the field. American Michael Lewis, who had suffered a nasty impact at Brands Hatch, made good his return, and finished ahead of Auer in 9th place.
TCF resident blogger, Double R Racing’s Tatiana Calderon was again the only female racer on the grid, finishing race 1 in 22nd , as Michela Cerruti is at Silverstone this weekend for the Blancpain Endurance Series, as her conflicting calendar is keeping her away from some very much needed track time in this premier single seater series.
Rosenqvist said that the developments on his Dallara-Mercedes F312 were evident, especially after the season opener at Monza showed that there was work to do: “My start was good and I was able to pull a gap right away. My car ran great throughout the race. After the rather poor start into the season at Monza, I reckon that we are now on the right way and meanwhile, we are able to keep up with Prema and Carlin as well.”
King was happy to be on the podium in F3 for the very first time, even thougb his season has not shown the Brit’s true fighting potential until this round of the season: “Lucas Wolf defended very heavily, so it took longer for me to finally overtake him. The battle with him was a close one and I enjoyed it very much.”
Kvyat, however, by his words after the race, seemed to want a battle or two during the race, which for him was relatively uneventful:, as the data will be looked at by both driver and team to see how they can keep up with the Swede: “My start wasn’t too bad, but Felix’s was simply even better. Initially, I thought that I could keep up with him, but I didn’t succeed. But I think that second place is not too bad either.”
So, with the Styrian countryside seeing Sweden’s brightest future talent on song, the rest of the international hopefuls would have to get going to keep up at the Red Bull Ring for race 2….