Algarve Euro F3: Felix Rosenqvist takes points lead with victory

Felix Rosenqvist controlled the second Formula 3 European championship race at the Algarve, and with victory moved top of the standings ahead of Antonio Giovinazzi

Algarve Euro F3: Felix Rosenqvist takes points lead with victory

Prema Powerteam secured a podium lockout as its dominant weekend continued, with Jake Dennis and Lance Stroll following Rosenqvist to the flag.

Rosenqvist made an impressive getaway from the off, but his two restarts following safety car periods were also strong and denied his team-mates any opportunity to attack.

His first restart, following Matt Rao's retirement that left his front wing on track, caught the field out as the Swede slowed to crawling pace before launching ahead to maintain his gap.

The second caution period came when Nick Cassidy suffered his second consecutive retirement after crashing at Turn 1, leaving Rosenqvist with a short run to the flag.

While it was comfortable at the front, Gustavo Menezes was Prema's nearest rival and had to contend with a train of cars behind him on each restart.

He was warned by the stewards for an overly aggressive defence of his position against George Russell, before Cassidy's retirement late on gave him fourth ahead of Russell.

The Brit was constantly on the rear of Menezes and tried repeatedly for a way past, allowing Pietro Fittipaldi to close in on his tail.

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With the Fortec driver so close, he relented on Menezes to consolidate fifth.

Charles Leclerc and Giovinazzi's difficult weekends in Algarve continued, with Leclerc in seventh and Giovinazzi improving to eighth, and their low point scores only aided Rosenqvist's title charges.

Santino Ferrucci put in another charge, moving his way through the order from 18th to finish 10th behind Mikkel Jensen.

Stewards were kept busy throughout, with Alessio Lorandi notably picking up a drive-through penalty for abusing track limits.

Lorandi could count himself unfortunate to be the only one penalised, with consistent and repeated track limit offences going unpunished.

RACE TWO RESULT

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Felix Rosenqvist Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 35m24.500s
2 Jake Dennis Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1.005s
3 Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 4.357s
4 Gustavo Menezes Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 10.783s
5 George Russell Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 12.204s
6 Pietro Fittipaldi Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 12.720s
7 Charles Leclerc Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 13.207s
8 Antonio Giovinazzi Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 13.867s
9 Mikkel Jensen KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 14.646s
10 Santino Ferrucci KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 15.840s
11 Markus Pommer Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 17.406s
12 Alexander Albon Signature Dallara/Volkswagen 17.816s
13 Sergio Sette Camara Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 19.129s
14 Maximilian Guenther KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 21.096s
15 Alexander Sims Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 21.456s
16 Dorian Boccolacci Signature Dallara/Volkswagen 25.169s
17 Sam MacLeod Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 26.230s
18 Andy Chang Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 27.437s
19 Julio Moreno ThreeBond with T-Sport Dallara/NBE 27.809s
20 Michele Beretta KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 28.327s
21 Ryan Tveter Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 28.729s
22 Zhi Cong Li Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 29.165s
23 Mahaveer Raghunathan Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 30.418s
24 Matt Solomon Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 30.507s
25 Arjun Maini Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 30.826s
26 Callum Ilott Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1 Lap
27 Alessio Lorandi Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 1 Lap
- Nick Cassidy Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes Retirement
- Matt Rao Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes Retirement
- Raoul Hyman Team West-Tec F3 Dallara/Mercedes Retirement
- Nabil Jeffri Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen Retirement
- Tatiana Calderon Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen Retirement

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