Rosenqvist wins crash-strewn second Monza race - videos

Felix Rosenqvist fended off Jake Dennis for a second European Formula 3 win at Monza in a messy race marred by huge crashes for Lance Stroll and Michele Beretta.

Once again starting from pole, Rosenqvist led away at the start as Dennis made a rapid getaway to move ahead of Antonio Giovinazzi off the line before challenging front row starter Charles Leclerc at the first chicane.

Dennis was able to force his way by the Monegasque, who then broke his front-left suspension on the rear of the Prema machine as he tried to cut back in the second part of the chicane, putting himself out of the race.

Towards the back of the field, a multi-car collision involving Arjun Maini, Tatiana Calderon and Julio Moreno brought out the Safety Car, Rosenqvist leading Dennis and Mucke teammates Mikkel Jensen and Santino Ferrucci at the restart.

Behind the top four, the battle for fifth between Giovinazzi and Lance Stroll ended in tears exiting the first chicane, as the pair tangled wheels, pitching Stroll’s Prema machine into a series of terrifying rolls up in the air and towards the catch fencing.

The Canadian emerged from the car seemingly unhurt, both he and championship leader Giovinazzi out of the race.

This brought out the Safety Car for a second time, the top four remaining static until there was a third caution period caused by Michele Beretta launching off a rival under braking for the first chicane and into a series of barrel-rolls.

Though Rosenqvist, Dennis, Jensen and Ferrucci remained tightly bunched, no successful passing moves were made. The race was ended with two minutes left on the clock, as Matt Rao launched over the rear of Alessio Lorandi’s car at the first chicane.

Behind the leading quartet, Brandon Maisano battled his way ahead of George Russell in an outside move at the first Lesmo, helped by the Brit being baulked by Gustavo Menezes.

The American then squandered his chance of taking a season-best finish of fifth by running into the gravel at the second Lesmo, allowing Maisano to take the place ahead of Russell.

Seventh went to Markus Pommer, ahead of Pietro Fittipaldi, who went backwards having held fifth during the first Safety Car period, Raoul Hyman and Sam MacLeod.

That group was fortunate to not get caught up in an incident involving an over-exuberant Dorian Boccolacci at the first chicane, who misjudged his braking and spun around Maximilian Gunther.

Race results:

Pos  Driver  Team  Delay 
Felix Rosenqvist Prema Powerteam 31m52.779
Jake Dennis Prema Powerteam 0.565
Mikkel Jensen Mucke Motorsport 1.263
Santino Ferrucci Mucke Motorsport 1.691
Brandon Maisano Prema Powerteam 4.035
George Russell Carlin 4.845
Markus Pommer Motopark 5.332
Pietro Fittipaldi Fortec 5.421
Raoul Hyman West-Tec 6.520
10  Sam MacLeod Motopark 7.044
11  Sergio Sette Camara Motopark 8.088
12  Callum Ilott Carlin 8.354
13  Alessio Lorandi Van Amersfoort Racing 8.866
14  Matt Rao Fortec 9.249
15  Artur Janosz Eurointernational 10.342
16  Martin Cao Fortec 10.908
17  Nicolas Pohler Double R Racing 10.981
18  Matthew Solomon Double R Racing 11.945
19  Gustavo Menezes Carlin 13.042
20  Arjun Maini Van Amersfoort Racing 13.113
21  Tatiana Calderon Carlin 14.567
22  Julio Moreno T-Sport 14.871
23  Nabil Jeffri Motopark 15.025
24  Fabian Schiller West-Tec 15.646
25  Kang Ling Mucke Motorsport 19.373
26  Ryan Tveter Carlin 21.001
27  Dorian Boccolacci Signature 1'20.144
28  Mahaveer Raghunathan Motopark 1 Lap
Ret Maximilian Gunther Mucke Motorsport  
Ret Michele Beretta Mucke Motorsport  
Ret Antonio Giovinazzi Carlin  
Ret Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam  
Ret Alexander Albon Signature  
Ret Charles Leclerc Van Amersfoort Racing  
Ret Facu Regalia Eurointernational  

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Series F3 Europe
Event Monza
Track Monza
Drivers Felix Rosenqvist , Antonio Giovinazzi , Jake Dennis , Michele Beretta , Mikkel Jensen , Santino Ferrucci , Lance Stroll , Charles Leclerc
Article type Race report