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


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