Rosenqvist wins Prema battle for pole in Monza opener

Felix Rosenqvist will start the first of this weekend’s European Formula 3 races at Monza from pole position after beating Prema teammate Jake Dennis in a tight qualifying session.

After topping a session apiece in Friday practice, Rosenqvist and Dennis began qualifying as the men to beat, the Swede leading the Brit by two tenths with a 1m43.936s in the early stages with Lance Stroll making it an all-Prema top three.

Rosenqvist then tightened his grip on the session by shaving two tenths off his own best, recording a 1m43.766s.

Santino Ferrucci and Alex Albon then jumped to second and third as Dennis was only able to improve by a tiny amount.

Late in the session, Dennis was able to improve to a 1m43.949s to take back second place by just 0.021s, but there was nothing the double Pau winner could do to topple Rosenqvist, whose earlier effort would remain unbeaten.

Dennis however will start from seventh after a five-place grid penalty is applied, a legacy of his collision with compatriot Sam MacLeod in the closing stages of the final Pau race.

Ferrucci and Albon are therefore promoted to second and third on the grid, with Raoul Hyman climbing up the order in the closing stages to take fourth ahead of Stroll, Mikkel Jensen and Dennis.

Points leader Antonio Giovinazzi was the quickest of the Carlin entries in a difficult session for the team, qualifying eighth just ahead of teammate George Russell and title contender Charles Leclerc.

Qualifying results:

Pos Driver Team Time/Gap
Felix Rosenqvist Prema Powerteam 1m43.766
Jake Dennis* Prema Powerteam 0.183
Santino Ferrucci Mucke Motorsport 0.204
Alexander Albon Signature 0.261
Raoul Hyman West-Tec 0.286
Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam 0.408
Mikkel Jensen Mucke Motorsport 0.435
Antonio Giovinazzi Carlin 0.438
George Russell Carlin 0.493
10  Charles Leclerc Van Amersfoort Racing 0.503
11  Pietro Fittipaldi Fortec 0.562
12  Brandon Maisano Prema Powerteam 0.574
13  Arjun Maini Van Amersfoort Racing 0.645
14  Matthew Solomon Double R Racing 0.687
15  Markus Pommer Motopark 0.700
16  Ryan Tveter Carlin 0.704
17  Sergio Sette Camara Motopark 0.719
18  Alessio Lorandi* Van Amersfoort Racing 0.795
19  Maximilian Gunther Mucke Motorsport 0.819
20  Callum Ilott Carlin 0.982
21  Julio Moreno T-Sport 0.983
22  Artur Janosz Eurointernational 0.984
23  Dorian Boccolacci* Signature 1.011
24  Gustavo Menezes Carlin 1.078
25  Michele Beretta Mucke Motorsport 1.101
26  Sam MacLeod Motopark 1.118
27  Kang Ling Mucke Motorsport 1.178
28  Matt Rao Fortec 1.186
29  Fabian Schiller West-Tec 1.254
30  Nicolas Pohler Double R Racing 1.342
31  Tatiana Calderon Carlin 1.374
32  Martin Cao Fortec 1.507
33  Nabil Jeffri Motopark 1.573
34  Facu Regalia Eurointernational 1.591
35  Mahaveer Raghunathan Motopark 1.660

*Grid penalty

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Series F3 Europe
Event Monza
Track Monza
Drivers Felix Rosenqvist , Antonio Giovinazzi , Jake Dennis , Santino Ferrucci , Alexander Albon
Teams Prema Powerteam
Article type Qualifying report