Hockenheim Euro F3: Felix Rosenqvist dominates qualifying

Formula 3 European champion Felix Rosenqvist dominated the opening qualifying session at the Hockenheim finale to claim pole position for the opening race

Hockenheim Euro F3: Felix Rosenqvist dominates qualifying

Rosenqvist and the flotilla of sister Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes circulated together and kept their powder dry for the first 12 of the 20 minutes, before the Swede unleashed four hot laps that were quicker than the best anyone else could manage.

He ended up 0.348 seconds clear of new team-mate Maximilian Gunther, with Lance Stroll and Jake Dennis completing a 1-2-3-4 for Prema.

"Most of the time we were in a good [track] position," said Rosenqvist, "although there was an awkward moment in the middle of the session when I caught the Carlin guys in front and I didn't want to disturb my team-mates behind."

Gunther, on his first outing with Prema after extricating himself from Mucke Motorsport, took the second front-row spot of his rookie season by a tiny fraction, with Stroll, Dennis and Alexander Sims all within six hundredths.

BMW GT factory driver Sims, on only his and the new Hitech Grand Prix team's second F3 outing together, set purple sector-two times on both his last two laps, but could not match the Prema drivers in the other two sectors so had to settle for fifth.

Mikkel Jensen took sixth place in his Mucke Motorsport car, edging out Charles Leclerc - the Van Amersfoort Racing driver in a battle for second in the championship with Dennis and Antonio Giovinazzi - by just five thousandths.

Markus Pommer was eighth fastest for Motopark, with Giovinazzi the fastest of the Carlin squadron in ninth, and Alexander Albon (Signature) pipping George Russell for the final spot in the top 10.

Meanwhile, Red Bull junior Callum Ilott anchored the times, stopping before he had chance for a hot lap with suspension damage.

QUALIFYING RESULTS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Felix Rosenqvist Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m31.771s
2 Maximilian Guenther Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 0.348s
3 Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 0.354s
4 Jake Dennis Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 0.387s
5 Alexander Sims Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 0.401s
6 Mikkel Jensen KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 0.554s
7 Charles Leclerc Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 0.559s
8 Markus Pommer Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 0.646s
9 Antonio Giovinazzi Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 0.718s
10 Alexander Albon Signature Dallara/Volkswagen 0.789s
11 George Russell Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 0.814s
12 Sergio Sette Camara Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 0.920s
13 Arjun Maini Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 0.949s
14 Raoul Hyman Team West-Tec F3 Dallara/Mercedes 0.950s
15 Gustavo Menezes Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1.032s
16 Alessio Lorandi Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 1.054s
17 Dorian Boccolacci Signature Dallara/Volkswagen 1.186s
18 Nabil Jeffri Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1.244s
19 Pietro Fittipaldi Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 1.372s
20 Michele Beretta KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 1.385s
21 Santino Ferrucci KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 1.402s
22 Ryan Tveter Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1.433s
23 Tatiana Calderon Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1.475s
24 Julio Moreno ThreeBond with T-Sport Dallara/NBE 1.547s
25 Matt Rao Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 1.780s
26 Zhi Cong Li Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 1.810s
27 Matt Solomon Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1.913s
28 Andy Chang Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 2.231s
29 Tanart Sathienthirakul Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 2.273s
30 Nicolas Pohler Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 2.430s
31 Harald Schlegelmilch ArtLine Engineering ARTTech/NBE 2.707s
32 Marvin Dienst ArtLine Engineering ARTTech/NBE 2.742s
33 Callum Ilott Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 6.140s


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