Algarve European F3: Jake Dennis leads Prema qualifying sweep

Jake Dennis edged out Nick Cassidy and Lance Stroll for a dominant Prema Powerteam 1-2-3 in European Formula 3 Championship qualifying at the Algarve round

Algarve European F3: Jake Dennis leads Prema qualifying sweep

Dennis, who topped the second practice session, set his best lap of 1m42.217s in the final five minutes to knock Stroll from a shortlived spell at the top of the timesheets.

His advantage at that point was a mere 0.111 seconds, but Cassidy's flying lap in the final minute - which displaced Stroll from second - missed out on the race one pole by an even tighter 0.061s.

Cassidy had spent all but the final few minutes of the session languishing near the bottom of the order, before his late surge.

His performance typified the qualifying session, with a clutch of four cars alone on track for the opening five minutes before the championship frontrunners joined the action just before the halfway mark of the 20 minute session.

It led to a flurry of late charges into the top 10, with Marcus Pommer leading the advances, following the Prema trio into fourth place after briefly leading the session.

Another late climber was Signature's Alexander Albon, who steadily climbed the order with a run of quick laps and his best effort rewarded him with fifth.

Charles Leclerc was running as low as 21st but he and Felix Rosenqvist set late laps to secure sixth and seventh respectively.

The top 10 was then rounded out by early pacesetter George Russell, who gradually slid down the timesheets before recovering to eighth, ahead of championship leader Antonio Giovinazzi and Callum Ilott.

QUALIFYING ONE TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Jake Dennis Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m42.217s -
2 Nick Cassidy Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m42.278s 0.061s
3 Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m42.328s 0.111s
4 Markus Pommer Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m42.442s 0.225s
5 Alexander Albon Signature Dallara/Volkswagen 1m42.523s 0.306s
6 Charles Leclerc Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 1m42.615s 0.398s
7 Felix Rosenqvist Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m42.625s 0.408s
8 George Russell Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m42.672s 0.455s
9 Antonio Giovinazzi Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m42.684s 0.467s
10 Callum Ilott Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m42.703s 0.486s
11 Mikkel Jensen KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 1m42.748s 0.531s
12 Sergio Sette Camara Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m42.762s 0.545s
13 Santino Ferrucci KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 1m42.765s 0.548s
14 Dorian Boccolacci Signature Dallara/Volkswagen 1m42.781s 0.564s
15 Maximilian Guenther KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 1m42.810s 0.593s
16 Alexander Sims Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 1m42.845s 0.628s
17 Arjun Maini Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 1m42.853s 0.636s
18 Pietro Fittipaldi Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 1m42.896s 0.679s
19 Ryan Tveter Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m42.962s 0.745s
20 Sam MacLeod Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m42.967s 0.750s
21 Nabil Jeffri Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m42.994s 0.777s
22 Gustavo Menezes Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m43.046s 0.829s
23 Alessio Lorandi Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 1m43.068s 0.851s
24 Raoul Hyman Team West-Tec F3 Dallara/Mercedes 1m43.085s 0.868s
25 Matt Rao Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 1m43.194s 0.977s
26 Michele Beretta KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 1m43.283s 1.066s
27 Matt Solomon Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m43.320s 1.103s
28 Tatiana Calderon Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m43.350s 1.133s
29 Julio Moreno ThreeBond with T-Sport Dallara/NBE 1m43.507s 1.290s
30 Zhi Cong Li Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 1m43.683s 1.466s
31 Andy Chang Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 1m43.691s 1.474s
32 Mahaveer Raghunathan Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m44.132s 1.915s


shares
comments
Algarve European F3: Calum Ilott and Jake Dennis lead practice
Previous article

Algarve European F3: Calum Ilott and Jake Dennis lead practice

Next article

Monza GP3: Esteban Ocon beats Luca Ghiotto to top practice

Monza GP3: Esteban Ocon beats Luca Ghiotto to top practice
Ranking the 10 best drivers from F1's junior series in 2022 Plus

Ranking the 10 best drivers from F1's junior series in 2022

The ladder to F1 never gets any less slippery. But a strong cast of Formula 3 and Formula 2 aces proved sure of foot as they continued their climbs in 2022

FIA F2
Dec 24, 2022
What racing in Australia means for the future of F1's junior series Plus

What racing in Australia means for the future of F1's junior series

The announcement that FIA Formula 2 and 3 would race alongside the Australian Grand Prix from 2023 came as a surprise, not only to fans but to the series’ teams too. But with Formula 1’s boom in popularity bringing more fans to the championships, team principals are relishing the opportunity

FIA F2
Jun 28, 2022
Why the Formula 3 benchmark's 2022 season hinges on qualifying Plus

Why the Formula 3 benchmark's 2022 season hinges on qualifying

Prema Racing has long dominated FIA Formula 3, taking the teams’ title in two of the past three seasons. But its start to 2022 has been trickier than usual, and the answers lie in its qualifying performance

FIA F3
May 27, 2022
How the ultra-tight F3 title fight is taking shape Plus

How the ultra-tight F3 title fight is taking shape

With just five points separating the top five after two rounds, FIA Formula 3 looks set for another thrilling season in 2022. But who stands the best chance of pulling away from that pack, and who are the contenders bubbling under?

FIA F3
May 3, 2022
The F3 newcomer making good on his unusual career path Plus

The F3 newcomer making good on his unusual career path

Joining the FIA Formula 3 grid as a rookie with a team new to the series could prove daunting for most, but then there aren't many drivers who have the extensive experience Franco Colapinto brings from his time racing sportscars. The Argentinian explains how his LMP2 experience is already helping him in 2022

FIA F3
Mar 27, 2022
The British trio hunting for F3 title glory Plus

The British trio hunting for F3 title glory

The 2022 FIA Formula 3 season kicks off this weekend in Bahrain. British trio Zak O’Sullivan, Ollie Bearman and Jonny Edgar have all become proteges of Formula 1 teams, and are talents to watch this year

FIA F3
Mar 18, 2022
How an outsider demolished a rank of F1 juniors Plus

How an outsider demolished a rank of F1 juniors

His career has been a slowburner but Gregoire Saucy trounced a collection of F1 juniors in Formula Regional by Alpine last year, and now he’s preparing to do it again in FIA F3. Here’s how the Swiss caught the world by surprise in 2021 and how he plans to do it all over again

Ranking the top 10 F2 and F3 drivers of 2021 Plus

Ranking the top 10 F2 and F3 drivers of 2021

With a veritable feast of feeder series talent in 2021, FIA Formula 2 and Formula 3 produced some of its most exciting racing yet. Although Prema Racing drivers once again dominated the respective series, drivers from other teams also stole the limelight to mark themselves out as stars of the future, or validate their highly-regarded standing

FIA F2
Dec 22, 2021