Felix Rosenqvist crowned 2015 Formula 3 European champion

Felix Rosenqvist has won the Formula 3 European Championship after a chaotic final race of the penultimate round of the season at the Nurburgring

Felix Rosenqvist crowned 2015 Formula 3 European champion

The Swede continued his domination of the weekend, signing off with a haul of all three pole positions and all three race wins in his Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes.

The thin hopes of Antonio Giovinazzi of taking the title battle to the final round at Hockenheim disappeared at the first corner.

The Italian, along with Lance Stroll and Jake Dennis, ran almost three-abreast into the first corner, only for fifth-on-the-grid Mikkel Jensen to dive down the inside, clipping Stroll and collecting Giovinazzi's car.

While Jensen pulled off at the following corner, Giovinazzi visited the pits for repairs to rejoin almost one lap down.

The first of four safety-car interventions allowed him to catch up the pack, and a combination of overtaking and daft midfield accidents promoted the Carlin driver to 13th at the flag.

With Van Amersfoort Racing's title contender Charles Leclerc finishing fifth behind a Prema 1-2-3-4 of Rosenqvist, Ferrari protege Stroll, Nick Cassidy and Dennis, that meant Rosenqvist was champion.

"The safety car was a bit relieving - I could just cruise around and enjoy myself with my team-mates in my mirror," said Rosenqvist.

"I knew with my restart procedure I was quite safe - I was just thinking of taking it to the finish because I knew Antonio was out already."

The race never really got into a groove, but there were some good battles in the lower reaches of the top 10.

Behind Motopark's Markus Pommer in sixth place, Mucke Motorsport driver Santino Ferrucci triumphed in a scrap with Carlin's Red Bull junior Callum Ilott for seventh, while Sergio Sette Camara repassed George Russell on the final one-lap sprint to the finish, after Russell had earlier pulled off an outstanding pass on the Brazilian around the outside of Turns 2 and 3.

The first safety car came when Nicolas Pohler outbraked Peter Li into the short-circuit hairpin, but clattered into Alessio Lorandi, Pohler's car getting stranded on the outside of the track.

The second appeared after Sam MacLeod spun exiting the Mercedes Arena and was smacked into by the unsighted Matt Rao. The third occurred when Dorian Boccolacci punted Ryan Tveter at Turn 1, Boccolacci getting stuck on the outside.

And the final came when Lorandi - who served a five-place grid penalty for punting Nabil Jeffri out in race two - tangled with Tatiana Calderon at the final corner.

Meanwhile, Andy Chang was banned from participation for overtaking under the safety car in race two.

RACE THREE RESULT

Pos Driver Team Car Laps Gap
1 Felix Rosenqvist Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 21 35m25.406s
2 Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 21 0.900s
3 Nick Cassidy Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 21 1.663s
4 Jake Dennis Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 21 2.418s
5 Charles Leclerc Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 21 3.186s
6 Markus Pommer Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 21 3.718s
7 Santino Ferrucci KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 21 4.377s
8 Callum Ilott Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 21 5.257s
9 Sergio Sette Camara Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 21 5.654s
10 George Russell Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 21 6.473s
11 Alexander Albon Signature Dallara/Volkswagen 21 7.003s
12 Nabil Jeffri Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 21 8.394s
13 Antonio Giovinazzi Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 21 8.663s
14 Gustavo Menezes Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 21 9.197s
15 Felix Serralles KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 21 9.593s
16 Arjun Maini Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 21 10.608s
17 Michele Beretta KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 21 10.614s
18 Pietro Fittipaldi Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 21 10.954s
19 Matt Solomon Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 21 11.320s
20 Zhi Cong Li Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 21 12.003s
21 Ryan Tveter Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 21 12.377s
22 Mahaveer Raghunathan Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 21 12.488s
23 Harald Schlegelmilch ArtLine Engineering ARTTech/NBE 21 13.281s
- Alessio Lorandi Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 13 Retirement
- Tatiana Calderon Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 13 Retirement
- Dorian Boccolacci Signature Dallara/Volkswagen 11 Retirement
- Raoul Hyman Team West-Tec F3 Dallara/Mercedes 8 Retirement
- Sam MacLeod Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 7 Retirement
- Matt Rao Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 7 Retirement
- Nicolas Pohler Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 2 Retirement
- Julio Moreno ThreeBond with T-Sport Dallara/NBE 1 Retirement
- Mikkel Jensen KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 0 Retirement
- Andy Chang Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 0 Excluded

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

Pos Driver Points
1 Felix Rosenqvist 453
2 Antonio Giovinazzi 362.5
3 Charles Leclerc 356.5
4 Jake Dennis 333
5 Lance Stroll 198
6 George Russell 191
7 Alexander Albon 168
8 Maximilian Guenther 118
9 Markus Pommer 110.5
10 Mikkel Jensen 101.5
11 Santino Ferrucci 89
12 Gustavo Menezes 65
13 Callum Ilott 53.5
14 Brandon Maisano 53
15 Sergio Sette Camara 50.5
16 Nick Cassidy 43
17 Pietro Fittipaldi 32
18 Arjun Maini 27
19 Dorian Boccolacci 27
20 Alessio Lorandi 26
21 Raoul Hyman 12.5
22 Ryan Tveter 2
23 Sam MacLeod 2
24 Fabian Schiller 2
25 Nabil Jeffri 2

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