05 May Serralles takes second podium of the weekend
5th May, Hockenheim – The third and final race of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship at Hockenheim saw Felix Serralles take his second podium of the weekend, when he crossed the line in second. Team-mate Pipo Derani took the chequered flag in tenth, whilst Josh Hill took thirteenth despite stalling on the start-line. Ed Jones, who joins the team for this round, finished twentieth.
Peurto Rican Serralles had a great start overtaking for second by the end of the first lap, slotting in behind race leader Felix Rosenqvist (Mucke Motorsport) and third placed Jordan King (Carlin). Serralles was soon on the charge and hunting down Rosenqvist, tightening the gap to just 0.726s. However a safety car intervention, due to a collision mid pack, soon bunched the grid back up.
At the restart King caught Seralles and the two battled it out for second, with King coming out on top on the sixth lap. However a few laps later saw King and Rosenqvist battle it out for the lead. Using this battle to his advantage Serralles made a move, going around the outside to break the pairing up and sit in second. The 20-year-old maintained his position up until the chequered flag, taking his second podium of the weekend.
Derani crossed the line in tenth, a credible position given he started eighteenth on the gird. Hill was the next Fortec man to cross the line in thirteenth, after storming through the field from near the back of the grid, where he found himself after stalling on the start-line. Jones finished a credible twentieth.
After this weekend’s two podium finishes Serralles now sits fourth in the championship, just half a point a drift of being in the top three. Hill, who also took a podium in Hockenheim, is now ninth with Derani in thirteenth.
Commenting after the race Serralles said: “I managed to get a really good start and was able to get past King and Auer. I had the pace to fight with Rosenqvist but then at the restart I made a mistake and he pulled away. However I made the move to take second later on and I’m really happy to be back on the podium.”