Rosenqvist dominates damp Silverstone opener

Felix Rosenqvist took a lights-to-flag victory in the first European Formula 3 race of the season at Silverstone, surviving two caution periods to hold off Antonio Giovinazzi for the win.

Rosenqvist dominates damp Silverstone opener
Felix Rosenqvist, Prema Powerteam
Felix Rosenqvist, Prema Powerteam
Antonio Giovinazzi, Jagonya Ayam with Carlin
Charles Leclerc, Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara F312 Volkswagen
Antonio Giovinazzi, Jagonya Ayam with Carlin

The field began under the Safety Car in damp conditions at the Northamptonshire track, and poleman Rosenqvist comfortably led the ensuing rolling start from fellow front row starter Giovinazzi and Jake Dennis as chaos broke out behind.

An ill-judged passing attempt at Club on the opening tour by Charles Leclerc on George Russell saw the pair make contact - an incident in which Brandon Maisano and Kang Ling also were caught up, resulting in the Safety Car being deployed.

Consequently promoted to fourth was Lotus junior Alex Albon, who clambered all over the back of Dennis at the restart as Rosenqvist and Giovinazzi escaped together at the head of the field.

Dennis however remained steadfast in his defence until the Safety Car re-emerged in response to Alessio Lorandi parking his car in the gravel at Luffield, the caution periods meaning that the race would time out with three of the scheduled 18 laps remaining.

Rosenqvist was able to hold off Giovinazzi in the closing stages after the second restart to take victory by nine tenths of a second, while Dennis finished 2.6s adrift in third ahead of Albon.

Reigning German F3 champion Markus Pommer came home fifth, having jumped ahead of Ferrari-backed youngster Lance Stroll at the start, with Gustavo Menezes taking seventh ahead of a recovering Russell.

Maximilian Gunther and Red Bull’s Callum Ilott rounded out the top 10, ahead of Pietro Fittipaldi and Leclerc, who has been promoted to pole position for the two remaining races after Rosenqvist’s qualifying times were deleted yesterday evening as a result of a bodywork infringement.

 Pos   Driver   Car / Engine   Time/Gap 
Felix Rosenqvist Dallara/Mercedes 36:44.906 
A.Giovinazzi Dallara/Volkswagen 0.938
Jake Dennis Dallara/Mercedes 2.681
Alexander Albon Dallara/Volkswagen 4.767
Markus Pommer Dallara/Volkswagen 5.229
Lance Stroll Dallara/Mercedes 6.175
Gustavo Menezes Dallara/Volkswagen 6.934
George Russell Dallara/Volkswagen 7.470
M.Günther Dallara/Mercedes 7.897
10  Callum Ilott Dallara/Volkswagen 8.531
11  P.Fittipaldi Dallara/Mercedes 9.886
12  Charles Leclerc Dallara/Volkswagen 10.282
13  Mikkel Jensen Dallara/Mercedes 12.464
14  Nicolas Beer Dallara/Mercedes 13.147
15  Nabil Jeffri Dallara/Volkswagen 14.060
16  Fabian Schiller Dallara/Mercedes 14.915
17  S.S.Camara Dallara/Volkswagen 15.486
18  Santino Ferrucci Dallara/Mercedes 15.884
19  Raoul Hyman Dallara/Mercedes 17.549
20  Tatiana Calderon Dallara/Volkswagen 17.939
21  D.Boccolacci Dallara/Volkswagen 18.687
22  Sam MacLeod Dallara/Volkswagen 19.510
23  Martin Cao Dallara/Mercedes 20.021
24  Michele Beretta Dallara/Mercedes 20.304
25  Matthew Solomon Dallara/Mercedes 22.949
26  M.Raghunathan Dallara/Volkswagen 28.887
27  Nicolas Pohler Dallara/Mercedes 30.780
28  Julio Moreno Dallara/NBE 33.168
Kang Ling Dallara/Mercedes  
Zhi Cong Li Dallara/Mercedes  
Alessio Lorandi Dallara/Volkswagen  
Arjun Maini Dallara/Volkswagen  
Ryan Tveter Dallara/Volkswagen  
Brandon Maïsano Dallara/Mercedes  
Matt Rao Dallara/Mercedes
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