Raffaele Marciello ended the sixth round of the Formula 3 FIA European Championship, held over the weekend at the Norisring street circuit, making it to the podium three times. In race 1, the Ferrari Driver Academy driver took his seventh win of the season, before going on to finish third and second respectively in the other two races. In the overall classification, Raffaele has moved up to 297.5 points, which gives him a 24.5 point lead over next man Felix Rosenqvist.
Marciello’s weekend got off to a great start in qualifying, during which he secured two pole positions and one second place. In the first race, he started alongside poleman Rosenqvist and then made a great start which saw him fly into the lead. From then on ‘Lello’ comfortably controlled his lead, while also having to deal with two Safety Car periods. On lap 39, Marciello took the chequered flag with a secure gap to his pursuers.
However, the second race of the weekend required a bit more of an effort. At the start, Marciello was overtaken by his team-mate Alex Lynn and while trying to defend his position, he got caught out and dropped down to fifth. He got back up to speed and managed to work his way back to third. In the final race of the weekend, ‘Lello’ got away well from the number one position, but after five laps, Rosenqvist began to put him under constant pressure, managing to take the lead on lap 12. Marciello thus came home second, having no problem in keeping team-mate Lynn at bay.
The Formula 3 FIA European championship will be back on track from 16 to 18 August at the Nurburgring circuit, for the seventh of ten rounds.
“If one just looks at the championship standings, the outcome of the weekend is pretty good. Now we have one less race to go and the gap I’ve got over the field has come down by just three points. However, given how the weekend went, I would have liked to have won more races, especially given the potential both I and the Prema team had on track. The first race went very well, I could control the pace, winning without any major problems. Unfortunately, in race 2, as the lights went out, my engine revs dropped. I almost stalled, but luckily I managed to get going and move up from fifth to third at the flag. In the final race, I managed to go into the lead and, at that point, I was convinced I’d be in with a chance of the win to the chequered flag. However, Rosenqvist set a pace I couldn’t match, proving to be much quicker than what we’d seen the previous day. There was nothing more for me to do than to manage my second place and ensure I got a still very important points haul for the championship classification.”
Luca Baldisserri, Head of the FDA
“It was a very busy weekend and centre stage, apart from what happened on track, there were also some ups and downs in the actions of the technical and sporting stewards. The speed potential shown by Raffaele and the Prema team was very good, but I think that these actual events were a little bit of a distraction and that affected the usual levels of concentration. It is important to always focus on the driving and, this weekend, that was not carried out as well as on previous occasions. The overall verdict on the Norisring round is that Marciello has come away with a big points haul, but there’s a slight bitter taste remaining, because of the feeling that a few points more than expected were lost along the way.”