Rosenqvist pips Leclerc to secure remaining Monza poles

Felix Rosenqvist completed a hat-trick of European Formula 3 poles in the second qualifying session at Monza, edging out Charles Leclerc in another closely fought encounter.

Rosenqvist and Leclerc spent the first part of the session exchanging quickest times, the pair steadily lowering the benchmark and beating the Prema driver’s pole-winning time of 1m43.766s from the first session.

Leclerc broke this barrier with a 1m43.756s, but Rosenqvist retook the top spot with a time precisely two tenths quicker – before going even quicker with a 1m43.417s to put himself well and truly out of the Monegasque rookie’s reach.

Improving late on in the session to a 1m43.577s, Van Amersfoort driver Leclerc was able to cement his front row slot, ahead of points leader Antonio Giovinazzi, who ended up just under three tenths off the pace in third.

Jake Dennis, second quickest in the earlier session, took fourth, with Mucke Motorsport teammates Mikkel Jensen and Santino Ferrucci forming the third row.

Brandon Maisano, Matt Solomon, Ferrari protégé Lance Stroll, who briefly the held the top spot early on, and Markus Pommer completed the top 10.

The grid for the third race, determined by second quickest times, features an identical front two rows to that of the second, with Rosenqvist heading Leclerc, Giovinazzi and Dennis.

Qualifying results:

PosDriverTeamTime/Gap
1 Felix Rosenqvist Prema Powerteam 1m43.417s
2 Charles Leclerc Van Amersfoort Racing 0.160s
3 Antonio Giovinazzi Carlin 0.290s
4 Jake Dennis Prema Powerteam 0.305s
5 Mikkel Jensen Mucke Motorsport 0.395s
6 Santino Ferrucci Mucke Motorsport 0.551s
7 Brandon Maisano Prema Powerteam 0.586s
8 Matthew Solomon Double R Racing 0.599s
9 Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam 0.612s
10 Markus Pommer Motopark 0.640s
11 Gustavo Menezes Carlin 0.647s
12 Sergio Sette Camara Motopark 0.698s
13 Pietro Fittipaldi Fortec 0.728s
14 Maximilian Gunther Mucke Motorsport 0.756s
15 George Russell Carlin 0.818s
16 Fabian Schiller West-Tec 0.885s
17 Alexander Albon Signature 0.919s
18 Sam MacLeod Motopark 0.989s
19 Julio Moreno T-Sport 1.063s
20 Raoul Hyman West-Tec 1.074s
21 Nabil Jeffri Motopark 1.090s
22 Alessio Lorandi Van Amersfoort Racing 1.126s
23 Callum Ilott Carlin 1.126s
24 Ryan Tveter Carlin 1.171s
25 Tatiana Calderon Carlin 1.222s
26 Artur Janosz Eurointernational 1.223s
27 Arjun Maini Van Amersfoort Racing 1.435s
28 Facu Regalia Eurointernational 1.482s
29 Michele Beretta Mucke Motorsport 1.505s
30 Martin Cao Fortec 1.537s
31 Mahaveer Raghunathan Motopark 1.642s
32 Kang Ling Mucke Motorsport 1.700s
33 Nicolas Pohler Double R Racing 1.774s
34 Dorian Boccolacci Signature 1.845s
35 Matt Rao Fortec 1.930s

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Series F3 Europe
Event Monza
Track Monza
Drivers Felix Rosenqvist , Antonio Giovinazzi , Jake Dennis , Mikkel Jensen , Charles Leclerc
Teams Prema Powerteam
Article type Qualifying report