Rosenqvist doubles up with second lights-to-flag victory at Portimao
Felix Rosenqvist scored his second European F3 win at Portimao, taking full advantage of a low-key outing for rivals Antonio Giovinazzi and Charles Leclerc to extend his championship lead to 34.5 points.
The start of race 3 was virtually identical to race 2 with Rosenqvist keeping the lead with ease and Jake Dennis forcing past Lance Stroll on the outside of Turn 1 to slot into second place.
Before the opening lap was over though, the safety car was already out due to an incident involving three cars, including Giovinazzi.
The collision was initiated by the Italian and Markus Pommer going side-by-side, the German forced off-track, losing momentum and being collected by Maximilian Gunther, with both drivers out of the race.
But at the front, it was all fair and square for the remainder of the race with Rosenqvist, Dennis and Stroll consistently showing better pace than the rest of the field to complete another all-Prema podium.
George Russell ended up more than 10 seconds adrift in fourth with Brazilians Sergio Sette Camara and Pietro Fittipaldi securing strong results behind the Briton.
Rosenqvist’s rivals Leclerc and Giovinazzi could not break into the top six and had to settle for seventh and eighth respectively as Nick Cassidy and Dorian Boccolacci claimed the last two point-scoring positions.
|1||Felix Rosenqvist||Prema Powerteam||36'27.922|
|2||Jake Dennis||Prema Powerteam||1.168|
|3||Lance Stroll||Prema Powerteam||6.049|
|5||Sergio Sette Camara||Motopark||13.316|
|7||Charles Leclerc||Van Amersfoort Racing||16.436|
|9||Nick Cassidy||Prema Powerteam||19.148|
|13||Alexander Sims||Hitech GP||29.551|
|14||Michele Beretta||Mucke Motorsport||36.573|
|16||Arjun Maini||Van Amersfoort Racing||38.154|
|19||Zhi Cong Li||Fortec||49.663|
|22||Matt Solomon||Double R||1'09.569|
|23||Sam MacLeod||Motopark||1 Lap|
|Ret||Santino Ferrucci||Mucke Motorsport|
|Ret||Alessio Lorandi||Van Amersfoort Racing|
|Ret||Maximilian Gunther||Mucke Motorsport|
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