Rosenqvist stays clear of chaos to win Monza opener

Felix Rosenqvist took a lights-to-flag victory in the first European Formula 3 race of the weekend at Monza, staying just out of reach of the chasing pack in a crash-filled encounter.

The first incident came right at the start, as Markus Pommer stalled on the grid and got collected by F3 debutant Arthur Janosz, bringing out the Safety Car.

When proceedings got back underway after two laps of caution, poleman Rosenqvist led fellow front row starter Santino Ferrucci and a fast-starting Lance Stroll, with Mikkel Jensen, Raoul Hyman and Jake Dennis all in tow.

Rosenqvist began to edge clear in the following laps, with Ferrucci following suit before being reeled in by Mucke Motorsport teammate Jensen, who passed Stroll for third.

As the Ferrari-backed Canadian slipped behind Dennis, who in turn had passed Hyman, Jensen was able to negotiate Ferrucci before closing down Rosenqvist’s one second advantage.

In the final 10 minutes, Jensen had managed to get right on the Swede’s tail, but misjudged an attempt to pass at the Roggia chicane, lightly tapping Rosenqvist’s rear and sustaining some minor nosecone damage.

This took the wind out of Jensen’s sails, the Dane slipping back into the clutches of Dennis in the closing laps – Ferrucci having by this stage removed himself from contention after making contact with the Brit as he attempted to pass at the first chicane.

While Rosenqvist went on to secure his third win of the season by 1.1s, Jensen secured his first podium of the year, holding off Dennis in the closing stages for second.

Fourth place went to points leader Antonio Giovinazzi, whose perfect run of podiums drew to a close, but the Italian remains under investigation for taking Stroll out at the first chicane in the battle for sixth at the start of the final lap.

Giovinazzi was able to find his way past Leclerc later in the lap as the Van Amersfoort driver botched an attempt to pass Hyman at the Roggia chicane, the South African hanging on to fourth before slipping to sixth behind Leclerc on the run to the finish.

Pietro Fittipaldi was next up in seventh ahead of George Russell, who fought with Giovinazzi and Leclerc early on before slipping back in the closing stages. Brandon Maisano and Arjun Maini completed the points scorers ahead of a recovering Stroll.

Although there was only one caution period, there were plenty of other incidents lower down the order throughout.

Dorian Boccolacci and Sam MacLeod were both eliminated early on after coming together at the Parabolica, while Sergio Sette Camara clouted Matt Solomon at the Roggia chicane shortly after.

It was also an eventful race for Red Bull junior Callum Ilott, who was hit by Maximilian Gunther at the Lesmos and was lucky to survive Mahaveer Raghunathan driving into his rear at the Ascari chicane.

Fabian Schiller and Nabil Jeffri came to blows at the same corner, while Alessio Lorandi also suffered two spins, one the result of being edged on to the grass by Schiller approaching the first chicane, on his way to 18th.

Alex Albon, who had qualified third, meanwhile failed to take up his grid spot and finished a lapped 21st.

Pos Driver Team Time/Gap
Felix Rosenqvist Prema Powerteam 36m09.669
Mikkel Jensen Mucke Motorsport 1.131
Jake Dennis Prema Powerteam 1.529
Antonio Giovinazzi Carlin 5.265
Charles Leclerc Van Amersfoort Racing 5.316
Raoul Hyman West-Tec 5.693
Pietro Fittipaldi Fortec 6.056
George Russell Carlin 6.473
Brandon Maisano Prema Powerteam 7.492
10  Arjun Maini Van Amersfoort Racing 13.755
11  Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam 15.540
12  Ryan Tveter Carlin 17.412
13  Gustavo Menezes Carlin 19.691
14  Martin Cao Fortec 24.927
15  Michele Beretta Mucke Motorsport 25.446
16  Matt Rao Fortec 26.480
17  Tatiana Calderon Carlin 36.637
18  Alessio Lorandi Van Amersfoort Racing 42.686
19  Nicolas Pohler Double R Racing 46.855
20  Callum Ilott Carlin 48.296
21  Alexander Albon Signature 1 lap
Ret Mahaveer Raghunathan Motopark  
Ret Santino Ferrucci Mucke Motorsport  
Ret Nabil Jeffri Motopark  
Ret Fabian Schiller West-Tec  
Ret Maximilian Gunther Mucke Motorsport  
Ret Julio Moreno T-Sport  
Ret Matthew Solomon Double R Racing  
Ret Sergio Sette Camara Motopark  
Ret Kang Ling Mucke Motorsport  
Ret Sam MacLeod Motopark  
Ret Dorian Boccolacci Signature  
Ret Markus Pommer Motopark  
Ret Artur Janosz Eurointernational  

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