Felix Rosenqvist was on top form at Silverstone on Saturday, winning the opening race of the FIA European Formula 3 Championship season despite three safety car periods and then finishing seventh in race two despite starting right at the back of the field.
Rosenqvist had seen his qualifying times deleted ahead of race two to start thirty-fifth on the grid, but took advantage of early carnage to jump up to eighteenth, before making a number of excellent overtaking manoeuvres, including a couple heading into the fast Maggotts/Becketts complex to reach seventh.
The Prema Powerteam driver knew the importance of taking the race one win after finding out he had lost his two pole positions for races two and three, and made no mistakes on his way to the top step of the podium.
“We had to win and eventually managed to accomplish the feature,” said Rosenqvist.
“The track conditions were tricky, it was easy to make mistakes because out of the racing line it was quite slippery, but I kept everything under control running a good race. I also got an easier beginning because we started behind the safety-car.
“The goal for Race 2 was to grab a points finish, and once again I did it. Starting from 35th, I was 18th on lap 1 also thanks to some crashes out front. I tried to be as quick as possible, and it will have to be the same tomorrow!”