Hockenheim F3: Rosenqvist survives to win crash-filled finale

Felix Rosenqvist rounded out his title-winning European F3 campaign with his 14th win of the season in a hectic final race at a drying Hockenheim.

While Rosenqvist held firm out front after taking the lead early on, the track conditions proved too much for many of his fellow competitors, with the safety car making four appearances.

Jake Dennis and Antonio Giovinazzi shared the front row, the Brit opting to gamble on wet tyres, but both ended up passed by fast starter Rosenqvist, as well as Alexander Albon and Alexander Sims.

Signature driver Albon was all over Rosenqvist over the opening laps, revelling in the damp conditions, but their battle was interrupted by the first appearance of the safety car, which came out when Pietro Fittipaldi and Nicolas Pohler came together on lap 5.

The next SC followed shortly after the restart as cars started going off left and right - with George Russell punted off by Matt Rao, newcomer Tanart Sathienthirakul clashing with Harald Schlegelmilch's ArtLine and Julio Moreno spinning on his own.

And while Giovinazzi managed to take third off of Sims during the next green flag stint, the wheel-to-wheel racing did not last long as Nabil Jeffri went off in the gravel.

Fittingly, the race concluded under the fourth and final safety car period due to debris.

As such, Rosenqvist secured the win, while Albon remained winless but picked up his third runner-up finish of his rookie campaign.

Giovinazzi completed the podium ahead of Sims, who was disqualified from his fifth place finish in Saturday's second race, and Callum Ilott, while Prema newcomer while Maximilian Gunther recovered from being turned around on lap one to take sixth.

After pitting for slicks, Dennis made his way up to seventh, ahead of Mikkel Jensen and Michele Beretta, the latter securing his first F3 points in the final race of his sophomore season.

Tatiana Calderon was also on course to score for the first time of the year, crossing the finish line in 10th, but picked up a time penalty for spinning Alessio Lorandi under the safety car; the spot was thus inherited by Raoul Hyman.

Erstwhile title contender Charles Leclerc languished on wets and finished well down the order in 21st after leaving his tyre change late.

Race results:

Pos. Driver Team Time/Gap
 Felix Rosenqvist Prema 35'27.859
 Alexander Albon Signature 0.511
 Antonio Giovinazzi Carlin 0.862
 Alexander Sims Hitech 1.050
 Callum Ilott Carlin 2.019
 Maximilian Gunther Prema 2.615
 Jake Dennis Prema 2.991
 Mikkel Jensen Mucke 4.825
 Michele Beretta Mucke 5.634
10   Raoul Hyman West-Tec 7.289
11   Sergio Sette Camara Motopark 8.645
12   Alessio Lorandi Van Amersfoort 9.092
13   Gustavo Menezes Carlin 10.267
14   Matt Solomon Double R 10.430
15   Nicolas Pohler Double R 11.549
16   Julio Moreno T-Sport 13.158
17   Arjun Maini Van Amersfoort 14.507
18   Matt Rao Fortec 14.812
19   Zhi Cong Li Fortec 16.006
20   Andy Chang Fortec 16.678
21   Charles Leclerc Van Amersfoort 18.371
22   Markus Pommer Motopark 20.579
23   Dorian Boccolacci Signature 32.361
24   Tatiana Calderon Carlin 36.667
 Santino Ferrucci Mucke  
 Nabil Jeffri Motopark  
 Harald Schlegelmilch ArtLine  
 George Russell Carlin  
 Tanart Sathienthirakul Motopark  
 Lance Stroll Prema  
 Marvin Dienst ArtLine  
 Pietro Fittipaldi Fortec  
 Ryan Tveter Carlin  
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Series F3 Europe
Event Hockenheim II
Track Hockenheim
Drivers Felix Rosenqvist , Antonio Giovinazzi , Jake Dennis , Alexander Albon
Teams Prema Powerteam
Article type Race report