04 May Serralles takes second in Hockenheim
4th May, Hockenheim – The seventh round of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship yet again saw a wet race. However Felix Serralles put in a sterling drive to take the chequered flag in second and a well earned place on the podium. Formula 3 rookie Josh Hill had one of his best drives to date, going from ninth on the grid to cross the line in sixth. Team-mate Pipo Derani had a strong drive and worked his way through the field to finish a credible fourteenth. Fortec Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup racer Ed Jones, who joins the team for this round, crossed the line in twentieth after a yellow flag infringement handed him a time penalty.
A wet start to the first race of the weekend made visibility conditions poor but as the lights went out Serralles made a good get-away, battling with Alex Lynn (Prema Powerteam) for second as they went into the first corner. As the pair fought on Serralles was to come off better, shooting into second as Lynn spun off track and down the order.
The young Peurto-Rican was soon on the charge to hunt down first from Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam), but with visibility so bad Serralles conserved his energy to continue defending from Tom Blomqvist (EuroInternational) who was chasing from behind. The two briefly came nose to tail but Serralles maintained his lead to pull away a gap and keep out of trouble. Pushing on to chase for first, a mistake by Marciello saw the gap close, but with just five minutes left on the clock Serralles kept his head down to stay out of trouble and crossed the line in second – taking the team’s best result in the FIA F3 to date.
Team-mate and Formula 3 rookie Josh Hill had also made a good start to the race and by the end of the first lap had made up a position to sit in eighth. Hill continued to improve his lap times and was consistently placing his personal best in all sectors as the rain continued to fall. By lap seven Hill sat in seventh and was soon in sixth where he stayed until the chequered flag, whilst team-mates Derani took fourteenth and Jones twentieth.
Commenting on his first podium of the season Serralles said: “I am really happy – to finish on the podium from where we started is really good and shows we have the pace to be competitive. I’m extremely happy to be back where I belong – on the podium! It’s boosted my confidence and I can’t wait to get back out on track.”