Algarve European F3: Felix Rosenqvist leads Prema Powerteam 1-2-3

Prema Powerteam repeated its 1-2-3 in the Formula 3 European Championship finale at the Algarve circuit, with points leader Felix Rosenqvist winning for the second time this weekend

Algarve European F3: Felix Rosenqvist leads Prema Powerteam 1-2-3

As in the previous race Jake Dennis followed the Swede across the line ahead of Ferrari protege Lance Stroll, meaning Prema took its third race win in a row, split between Dennis and Rosenqvist.

Rosenqvist had a comfortable run to victory in a chaotic race that featured a single safety car after championship rival Antonio Giovinazzi pushed Markus Pommer wide in the opening laps, before an unsighted Maximilian Gunther hit the back of Pommer and forced both to retire.

The race leader produced an excellent restart to cling onto his lead while Dennis's comparatively slower launch opened the door for Stroll to probe for a way past, with the Canadian just missing out on second.

It proved to be the only opportunity for a shake-up in the leading pack, as Rosenqvist then cruised to victory ahead of his team-mates.

George Russell was the driver who proved closest to the front trio, driving a relatively lonely race to fourth for Carlin before Sergio Sette Camara closed in on the final few laps to pressure the Brit on his way to fifth.

Their battle also allowed Pietro Fittipaldi to draw close, but he was too far away to involve himself as he completed the race in sixth.

Charles Leclerc's difficult weekend continued and the Van Amersfoort Racing driver could only finish seventh, making little inroads on the top six.

Behind him was a continued state of flux with Giovinazzi coming out on top for eighth.

The title hopeful had to overcome Lotus F1 junior Dorian Boccolacci initially before surviving a late push from Prema's Nick Cassidy, who again failed to match his team-mates' results.

Boccolacci then continued to fall further down the order, handing Cassidy ninth, before rallying to finish 10th ahead of Callum Ilott.

Alexander Sims' one-off return with HitechGP ended with the combination's best result of the weekend with 13th, Sims having had the disadvantage of starting each race from the pitlane as a guest entry.

RESULTS - 20 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Felix Rosenqvist Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 36m27.922s
2 Jake Dennis Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1.168s
3 Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 6.049s
4 George Russell Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 12.782s
5 Sergio Sette Camara Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 13.316s
6 Pietro Fittipaldi Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 14.598s
7 Charles Leclerc Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 16.436s
8 Antonio Giovinazzi Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 17.428s
9 Nick Cassidy Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 19.148s
10 Dorian Boccolacci Signature Dallara/Volkswagen 24.243s
11 Callum Ilott Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 26.031s
12 Ryan Tveter Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 27.817s
13 Alexander Sims Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 29.551s
14 Michele Beretta KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 36.573s
15 Tatiana Calderon Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 37.589s
16 Arjun Maini Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 38.154s
17 Julio Moreno ThreeBond with T-Sport Dallara/NBE 42.139s
18 Raoul Hyman Team West-Tec F3 Dallara/Mercedes 43.118s
19 Zhi Cong Li Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 49.663s
20 Nabil Jeffri Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 57.901s
21 Matt Rao Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 1m07.562s
22 Matt Solomon Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m09.569s
23 Sam MacLeod Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1 Lap
- Alexander Albon Signature Dallara/Volkswagen Retirement
- Santino Ferrucci KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes Retirement
- Alessio Lorandi Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen Retirement
- Andy Chang Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes Retirement
- Gustavo Menezes Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen Retirement
- Mikkel Jensen KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes Not started
- Maximilian Guenther KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes Retirement
- Mahaveer Raghunathan Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen Excluded
- Markus Pommer Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen Retirement

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

Pos Driver Points
1 Felix Rosenqvist 378
2 Antonio Giovinazzi 343.5
3 Charles Leclerc 324.5
4 Jake Dennis 309
5 George Russell 186
6 Alexander Albon 168
7 Lance Stroll 163
8 Maximilian Guenther 118
9 Markus Pommer 94.5
10 Mikkel Jensen 90.5
11 Santino Ferrucci 71
12 Gustavo Menezes 65
13 Brandon Maisano 53
14 Sergio Sette Camara 48.5
15 Callum Ilott 32.5
16 Pietro Fittipaldi 32
17 Dorian Boccolacci 27
18 Alessio Lorandi 26
19 Arjun Maini 23
20 Raoul Hyman 12.5
21 Ryan Tveter 2
22 Sam MacLeod 2
23 Fabian Schiller 2
24 Nabil Jeffri 2
25 Nick Cassidy 2

shares
comments
Monza GP3: Kirchhofer inherits win, Ghiotto goes from back to third

Previous article

Monza GP3: Kirchhofer inherits win, Ghiotto goes from back to third

Next article

Masters of Formula 3 at Zandvoort provisionally gets 20 entries

Masters of Formula 3 at Zandvoort provisionally gets 20 entries
Load comments
How Campos Racing has bounced back from its devastating loss Plus

How Campos Racing has bounced back from its devastating loss

After the sudden death of its founder in January, Formula 2 stalwart Campos Racing was left facing its hardest season to date. But new team boss Adrian Jr is determined to honour his father’s legacy and has returned the team to its winning ways

FIA F2
Sep 20, 2021
How F2 and F3's flawed format changes could prove shortlived Plus

How F2 and F3's flawed format changes could prove shortlived

After a chaotic 2020, marred by the coronavirus pandemic, the FIA brought in radical changes to Formula 2 and 3. But less than 12 months later, there are talks of them being reversed after all did not go to plan…

FIA F2
Sep 9, 2021
How the latest 'son of' youngster found his feet in F3 Plus

How the latest 'son of' youngster found his feet in F3

After a promising start to his single-seater racing career, life in the Formula 1 feeder series gave Jack Doohan a reality check. But, following a year of learning and toiling, the driver with one of the most famous surnames on the Formula 3 grid isn’t feeling the weight of expectation pushing down too hard on him any longer

FIA F3
Jun 30, 2021
The Monaco win that started another triple crown Plus

The Monaco win that started another triple crown

30 years ago, victory in the Monaco Grand Prix-supporting Formula 3 race – then a showpiece invitational event – began a young Jorg Muller’s pursuit of a unique set of street circuit wins that he’d later complete at Macau and Pau

FIA F3
May 21, 2021
How two F3 stars face new challenges from very different perspectives Plus

How two F3 stars face new challenges from very different perspectives

ART Grand Prix team-mates Frederik Vesti and Juan Manuel Correa's paths to the 2021 FIA Formula 3 Championship grid couldn’t have been further apart, but both are using the same focus for different goals

FIA F3
May 5, 2021
Why Correa's return is the feelgood story racing needed Plus

Why Correa's return is the feelgood story racing needed

Juan Manuel Correa has had a long road to recovery from that horrific day at Spa in 2019. ART's decision to give him his race return in FIA Formula 3 in 2021 is a victory in itself, but his determination will surely - in time - have him fighting for bigger things

FIA F3
Feb 2, 2021
Why Piastri's F3 title was better than results suggested Plus

Why Piastri's F3 title was better than results suggested

F3 rookie Oscar Piastri only just snatched the 2020 title with Prema Racing, but the setbacks he overcame to do so suggest that Renault's next Australian talent is one destined for the top

FIA F3
Jan 12, 2021
The ground-effect wonder behind a generation of F1 stars Plus

The ground-effect wonder behind a generation of F1 stars

Recently named as Autosport's greatest single-seater, Ralt's RT3 launched a plethora of superstar drivers through the early 1980s, and established the constructor as the go-to place for your single-seater weapon

FIA F3
Dec 8, 2020