Rosenqvist wins thrilling second race
13 April 2013 – Felix Rosenqvist added more silverware to his weekend haul by claiming a hard-fought victory in Saturday's second European Formula 3 race at Silverstone, demonstrating impressive overtaking skills after an early Safety Car period. The Mücke driver finished 3.5 seconds clear of Raffaelle Marciello, with Lucas Auer third.
Rosenqvist managed to jump ahead of pole-sitter and Race 1 winner Tincknell at the start, but lost ground at the end of a Safety Car phase in the early laps. The Swede fell behind both Tincknell and Will Buller as the action resumed, later revealing that he had made a mistake by believing that nobody could pass him until the start-finish straight, when in fact the race resumption line is placed at the entry to the pit lane.
As the race progressed, Rosenqvist applied more pressure on the cars in front, completing a move around the outside of Buller at Brooklands, before setting his sights on Tincknell. A failed first attempt lost him a small amount of time, but he ultimately got past his Carlin rival at the same corner before pulling clear for the win.
A late spin from T-Sport driver Buller dropped him all the way down to ninth after what had been an encouraging performance, while current championship leader Marciello and young Austrian Auer moved past the now struggling Tincknell, whose car had picked up slight undertray damage, for second and third positions respectively.
Tom Blomqvist held off Alex Lynn and Josh Hill to claim fifth place, while Pipo Derani, Buller and Eddie Cheever rounded out the top ten. The race saw five retirements, including Britain's Jann Mardenborough who hit Félix Serrallés as the pair attempted to avoid Antonio Giovinazzi's stalled Double R, thus bringing out the early Safety Car.
Sunday's Race 3 at Silverstone begins at 9.15am local time (GMT +1)