Nurburgring F3: Rosenqvist moves closer to title after second victory

Felix Rosenqvist took another step closer to the European Formula 3 title by triumphing in the second Nurburgring race, surviving two restarts en route.

Although series runner-up Antonio Giovinazzi minimised the damage by taking second, his deficit in the championship has grown to 64.5 points with only 100 left on the table in the remaining four races.

It was another stellar start for Rosenqvist, as the Swede’s lead was up to 1.7s in just one lap ahead of Lance Stroll and Giovinazzi, the Italian forcing his way past Jake Dennis at the first left-hander of the Mercedes-Arena.

Rosenqvist maintained supreme pace to stretch his advantage to 3.7s by the end of the fourth lap, when the safety car made an appearance as a result of the stopped car of Alessio Lorandi, who suffered broken suspension after an overly aggressive overtaking attempt on Nabil Jeffri.

Another incident in the early stages of the race included Pietro Fittipaldi misjudging Turn 1 to hit Felix Serralles, leaving pieces of his front wing on the outside of the corner.

Once the Italian’s car was taken away, the racing resumed for only a handful of corners as Gustavo Menezes went off Turn 1 and got his Carlin car stuck in the gravel.

Giovinazzi climbed up to second at the restart after sneaking past Stroll while coming out of the final turn, but he was unable to keep up with Rosenqvist as the championship leader rapidly built a comfortable lead.

Following a few quick laps, Rosenqvist maintained a gap of four seconds to claim his second victory of the weekend, as Giovinazzi had to settle for second.

The podium was completed by Stroll, while Dennis rebounded from his retirement in the first race with a fourth place, although the Brit now finds himself out of mathematical title contention.

Fifth place meanwhile was enough to seal rookie title honours for Charles Leclerc, with Nick Cassidy a completing a calm race in sixth ahead of Santino Ferrucci and George Russell, who ended up victorious in a duel with Carlin teammate Callum Ilott for ninth.

Despite starting fifth, Mikkel Jensen dropped five positions in the first couple of laps, and rounded out the points scorers in 10th.

Race results:

Pos. Driver Team Time/Gap
Felix Rosenqvist Prema Powerteam 35'51.337
Antonio Giovinazzi Carlin 4.956
Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam 9.153
Jake Dennis Prema Powerteam 10.539
Charles Leclerc Van Amersfoort Racing 14.509
Nick Cassidy Prema Powerteam 15.550
Santino Ferrucci Mucke Motorsport 16.551
George Russell Carlin 16.964
Callum Ilott Carlin 17.954
10  Mikkel Jensen Mucke Motorsport 18.813
11  Sergio Sette Camara Motopark 21.828
12  Arjun Maini Van Amersfoort Racing 22.328
13  Markus Pommer Motopark 22.929
14  Alexander Albon Signature 25.302
15  Tatiana Calderon Carlin 26.680
16  Ryan Tveter Carlin 27.186
17  Dorian Boccolacci Signature 28.069
18  Matt Rao Fortec 32.280
19  Raoul Hyman West-Tec 34.265
20  Julio Moreno T-Sport 36.622
21  Sam MacLeod Motopark 37.030
22  Nabil Jeffri Motopark 37.402
23  Zhi Cong Li Fortec 40.116
24  Michele Beretta Mucke Motorsport 40.525
25  Nicolas Pohler Double R Racing 46.605
26  Mahaveer Raghunathan Motopark 47.958
27  Harald Schlegelmilch Artline Engineering 1 Lap
Ret Andy Chang Fortec  
Ret Pietro Fittipaldi Fortec  
Ret Gustavo Menezes Carlin  
Ret Felix Serralles Mucke Motorsport  
Ret Matt Solomon Double R Racing  
Ret Alessio Lorandi Van Amersfoort Racing  
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Series F3 Europe
Event Nürburgring
Track Nurburgring
Drivers Felix Rosenqvist , Antonio Giovinazzi , Lance Stroll
Article type Race report