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.
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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.
|1||Felix Rosenqvist||Prema Powerteam||34m17.939s|
|2||Charles Leclerc||Van Amersfoort Racing||9.065|
|4||Maximilian Gunther||Mucke Motorsport||16.576|
|6||Santino Ferrucci||Mucke Motorsport||23.058|
|10||Brandon Maisano||Prema Powerteam||34.679|
|11||Mikkel Jensen||Mucke Motorsport||39.781|
|14||Lance Stroll||Prema Powerteam||46.975|
|15||Jake Dennis||Prema Powerteam||48.935|
|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|
|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|
|-||Arjun Maini||Van Amersfoort Racing|
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