Algarve European F3: Jake Dennis wins race one for Prema

Prema Powerteam's Jake Dennis led from pole to flag ahead of Lotus F1 junior Alexander Albon in the opening Formula 3 European Championship race at the Algarve circuit

Algarve European F3: Jake Dennis wins race one for Prema

Team-mate Nick Cassidy started alongside Dennis, but the Japanese F3 leader slipped down to the rear of the field when he stalled at the start and handed his team-mate breathing space at the front.

Dennis wasn't the only driver to benefit from Cassidy's error as Albon assumed second place after working his way up from fifth at the start.

Albon's overtaking opportunities ended there, the Signature driver never manoeuvring into a position to challenge the race leader.

The same could be said for Felix Rosenqvist, who followed Albon into third after a similarly strong start catapulted him up the order at the expense of his team-mate Lance Stroll.

That's where they finished to ensure Prema had three of the top four finishers.

It was a processional race for championship contender Charles Leclerc, who followed Markus Pommer closely in sixth, never threatening the German ahead despite closing to within a second of him late on.

Behind them was the battle of the race with Leclerc's title rival Antonio Giovinazzi and Santino Ferrucci starring after the American swept into the top 10 places.

The pair swapped places regularly and at the halfway mark they side by side and wheel to wheel on the start/finish straight before Ferrucci dived ahead just before Turn 1.

Their lengthy battle had brought George Russell into contention, but Ferrucci managed to steal ahead of Giovinazzi before the Brit could threaten.

Ferrucci's impressive drive continued as he beat Mikkel Jensen to secure seventh while his previous rival Giovinazzi held off Russell for ninth.

Cassidy's poor start was followed by retirement after contact with a defensive Callum Ilott.

RESULTS - 20 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Jake Dennis Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 34m16.653s
2 Alexander Albon Signature Dallara/Volkswagen 3.688s
3 Felix Rosenqvist Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 4.260s
4 Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 9.791s
5 Markus Pommer Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 12.196s
6 Charles Leclerc Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 12.753s
7 Santino Ferrucci KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 18.381s
8 Mikkel Jensen KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 18.971s
9 Antonio Giovinazzi Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 20.584s
10 George Russell Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 25.480s
11 Sergio Sette Camara Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 26.825s
12 Pietro Fittipaldi Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 27.532s
13 Sam MacLeod Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 28.166s
14 Maximilian Guenther KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 32.856s
15 Gustavo Menezes Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 37.675s
16 Callum Ilott Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 37.742s
17 Alessio Lorandi Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 38.810s
18 Nabil Jeffri Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 42.001s
19 Raoul Hyman Team West-Tec F3 Dallara/Mercedes 45.671s
20 Alexander Sims Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 45.721s
21 Matt Solomon Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 46.839s
22 Dorian Boccolacci Signature Dallara/Volkswagen 47.773s
23 Ryan Tveter Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 53.641s
24 Andy Chang Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 57.270s
25 Matt Rao Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 1m02.558s
26 Zhi Cong Li Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 1m04.212s
27 Michele Beretta KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 1m19.814s
28 Arjun Maini Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 1m20.374s
29 Tatiana Calderon Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m23.366s
30 Mahaveer Raghunathan Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m24.432s
31 Julio Moreno ThreeBond with T-Sport Dallara/NBE 1 Lap
32 Nick Cassidy Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 2 Laps


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