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201501 Oct


Felix Rosenqvist


Early title win at the legendary Nurburgring. The 23-year-old Swede Felix Rosenqvist (Prema Powerteam) was crowned the new FIA Formula 3 European champion at the penultimate race weekend in the Eifel. Overall this season, he has secured twelve victories, 21 podiums and 16 pole positions with the Mercedes-Benz Formula 3 engine. Having amassed 453 points, he is now in an unassailable position in the run-up to the season finale which will be staged at Hockenheim (October 16-18, 2015) within the context of the DTM.


The experienced Formula 3 driver is contesting his fourth full season in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship this year and can look back on 28 victories and 49 podium finishes in the series so far. Last year, Rosenqvist achieved the sixth victory for a Mercedes-Benz engine in the prestigious Formula 3 Grand Prix on the Macau street circuit. Just like the Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM, the new F3 414 Formula 3 engine was developed by Mercedes-Benz motorsport partner HWA AG.


In each of the past two years, Prema Powerteam drivers have won the FIA Formula 3 European Championship title with Mercedes-Benz power. The Italian, Raffaele Marciello, took the European championship in 2013, while last season, French driver Esteban Ocon was crowned champion. This season, Ocon is lining up for ART Grand Prix in GP3 which is staged under the Formula 1 banner and is also a test and reserve driver with the Mercedes-AMG DTM Team.


Rosenqvist, Ocon and Marciello are not the first young drivers to start their careers in Formula 3 with Mercedes-Benz engines. During their time in Formula 3, many drivers, including two-time Formula 1 world champion and Mercedes AMG Petronas driver Lewis Hamilton, four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel and Mercedes-AMG DTM driver Pascal Wehrlein have all utilised Mercedes-Benz engines.


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