Rosenqvist edges Dennis for first Spielberg pole

Felix Rosenqvist beat Prema teammate Jake Dennis by the narrowest of margins to secure pole position for the first European Formula 3 race of the weekend at Spielberg.

The Swede came out on top by just seven thousandths to record his 10th pole position of 2015 with a 1m24.510s in the closing minutes of qualifying.

That was enough to demote Dennis to second place, the Brit having held sway for much of the session, first knocking Rosenqvist off the top spot with a 1m24.683s before strengthening his hold by breaking through his teammate’s practice benchmark with a 1m24.517s.

A late surge for Lance Stroll made it a Prema 1-2-3, the Ferrari protégé lapping 0.191s off the pace, demoting points leader Antonio Giovinazzi to fourth and Charles Leclerc to fifth, the two title contenders split by just 13 thousandths.

Sergio Sette Camara continued the strong qualifying form he displayed at Zandvoort to take sixth, ahead of George Russell and Alexander Albon.

Markus Pommer and Gustavo Menezes completed the top 10 in an extremely tightly fought session, the top 18 being covered by under a second.

Qualifying times:

Pos. Driver Team Time Gap
Felix Rosenqvist Prema Powerteam 1'24.510  
Jake Dennis Prema Powerteam 1'24.517 0.007
Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam 1'24.701 0.191
Antonio Giovinazzi Carlin 1'24.751 0.241
Charles Leclerc Van Amersfoort Racing 1'24.764 0.254
Sergio Sette Camara Motopark 1'24.899 0.389
George Russell Carlin 1'24.973 0.463
Alexander Albon Signature 1'24.978 0.468
Markus Pommer Motopark 1'25.035 0.525
10  Gustavo Menezes Carlin 1'25.040 0.530
11  Mikkel Jensen Mucke Motorsport 1'25.043 0.533
12  Raoul Hyman West-Tec 1'25.119 0.609
13  Callum Ilott Carlin 1'25.136 0.626
14  Brandon Maisano Prema Powerteam 1'25.153 0.643
15  Maximilian Gunther Mucke Motorsport 1'25.322 0.812
16  Santino Ferrucci Mucke Motorsport 1'25.350 0.840
17  Tatiana Calderon Carlin 1'25.414 0.904
18  Dorian Boccolacci Signature 1'25.468 0.958
19  Fabian Schiller West-Tec 1'25.606 1.096
20  Nabil Jeffri Motopark 1'25.719 1.209
21  Arjun Maini Van Amersfoort Racing 1'25.746 1.236
22  Alessio Lorandi Van Amersfoort Racing 1'25.781 1.271
23  Sam MacLeod Motopark 1'25.862 1.352
24  Michele Beretta Mucke Motorsport 1'25.909 1.399
25  Andy Chang Fortec 1'25.913 1.403
26  Julio Moreno T-Sport 1'25.956 1.446
27  Matt Solomon Double R Racing 1'25.984 1.474
28  Kang Ling Mucke Motorsport 1'26.074 1.564
29  Matt Rao Fortec 1'26.232 1.722
30  Pietro Fittipaldi Fortec 1'26.522 2.012
31  Matheus Leist Double R Racing 1'26.563 2.053
32  Zhi Cong Li Fortec 1'26.958 2.448
33  Mahaveer Raghunathan Motopark 1'27.430 2.920

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Series F3 Europe
Event Spielberg
Track Red Bull Ring
Drivers Felix Rosenqvist , Jake Dennis , Lance Stroll
Article type Qualifying report