Rosenqvist takes imperious Hockenheim victory

Felix Rosenqvist stamped his authority on the rest of the European Formula 3 field in the second race of the weekend at Hockenheim with a dominant lights-to-flag win.

Rosenqvist takes imperious Hockenheim victory
Felix Rosenqvist, Prema Powerteam Dallara F312 Mercedes-Benz
Podium, 2nd Felix Rosenqvist, Prema Powerteam Dallara F312 Mercedes-Benz, 1st Antonio Giovinazzi, Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara F312 Volkswagen, 3rd Charles Leclerc, Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara F312 Volkswagen
Felix Rosenqvist, Prema Powerteam, Dallara F312
Winner Antonio Giovinazzi, Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara F312 Volkswagen
Charles Leclerc, Van Amersfoort Racing, Dallara F312
Callum Ilott, Carlin, Dallara F312
Maximilian Gunther, kfzteile24 Mucke Motorsport, Dallara F312

In what was a largely processional encounter, the Swede was simply untouchable at the front of the pack after making a strong getaway from pole position.

From then on, it was simply a matter of extending the gap over closest pursuer Charles Leclerc over the course of the uninterrupted 22-lap race, which stood at nine seconds by the time Rosenqvist took the chequered flag for a second win of the season.

Leclerc meanwhile held on to second place through the opening bends, and was never challenged thereafter as the battle for third position heated up.

Race one winner Antonio Giovinazzi managed to dispatch Callum Ilott at the Spitzkehre hairpin on the first lap to move up to fourth before closing in on Maximilian Gunther.

The Italian made his move for third at the hairpin, but Gunther was able to get the drive and retake the place going into the following left-hander, Giovinazzi then running wide and dropping back into the clutches of Ilott.

But Giovinazzi held off the Red Bull-backed Briton and regrouped, closing on Gunther once more in the second half of the race before finally making the decisive move for the final podium spot exiting the hairpin.

Gunther held on to take fourth position ahead of Ilott and Santino Ferrucci, who escaped penalty after tipping Lance Stroll into a spin at the hairpin on the first lap.

Markus Pommer was set for seventh place until a last-lap mechanical failure that gifted the place to Gustavo Menezes, while Alex Albon, George Russell and Brandon Maisano completed the top 10.

Stroll recovered to 14th place after his first-lap tangle, one place ahead of Prema teammate Jake Dennis, who was forced to start from the very back after failing to get off the grid in time for the start of the warm-up lap.

Race results:

Pos Driver Team Time/Gap
Felix Rosenqvist Prema Powerteam 34m17.939s
Charles Leclerc Van Amersfoort Racing 9.065
Antonio Giovinazzi Carlin 12.888
Maximilian Gunther Mucke Motorsport 16.576
Callum Ilott Carlin 21.924
Santino Ferrucci Mucke Motorsport 23.058
Gustavo Menezes Carlin 31.552
Alexander Albon Signature 32.172
George Russell Carlin 33.082
10  Brandon Maisano Prema Powerteam 34.679
11  Mikkel Jensen Mucke Motorsport 39.781
12  Fabian Schiller West-Tec 40.495
13  Raoul Hyman West-Tec 41.182
14  Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam 46.975
15  Jake Dennis Prema Powerteam 48.935
16  Matt Rao Fortec 52.141
17  Markus Pommer Motopark 52.948
18  Martin Cao Fortec 54.623
19  Sam MacLeod Motopark 54.984
20  Pietro Fittipaldi Fortec 55.319
21  Tatiana Calderon Carlin 55.816
22  Nabil Jeffri Motopark 58.217
23  Nicolas Pohler Double R Racing 59.621
24  Michele Beretta Mucke Motorsport 1'01.124
25  Sergio Sette Camara Motopark 1'04.807
26  Matthew Solomon Double R Racing 1'06.095
27  Julio Moreno T-Sport 1'06.870
28  Kang Ling Mucke Motorsport 1'09.835
29  Zhi Cong Li Fortec 1'17.488
30  Alessio Lorandi Van Amersfoort Racing 1'27.960
31  Mahaveer Raghunathan Motopark 1 Lap
32  Dorian Boccolacci Signature 1 Lap
Ryan Tveter Carlin  
Arjun Maini Van Amersfoort Racing  
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