Hockenheim European F3: Marciello claims title as Rosenqvist wins again

Ferrari protege Raffaele Marciello wrapped up the Formula 3 European Championship by finishing fourth in race two at Hockenheim, despite title rival Felix Rosenqvist winning the race

Hockenheim European F3: Marciello claims title as Rosenqvist wins again

Marciello started the race second in his Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes and ran third during the early stages after being beaten into Turn 1 by team-mate Alex Lynn.

While Lynn stuck with Rosenqvist initially, he soon fell back from the Mucke Motorsport man, who did all he could to keep the title fight alive with a three-second victory - his 10th of the season.

So comfortable was Marciello's position that he even let fellow Prema driver Lucas Auer through for the final podium spot before the end, safe in the knowledge that fourth would be enough.

Harry Tincknell was again the best of the Volkswagen-powered drivers in fifth for Carlin with Sven Muller right behind him for Van Amersfoort Racing.

Antonio Giovinazzi continued his impressive weekend's work with a career-best seventh spot - Double R's best result of the year in European F3.

Jordan King, Dennis van de Laar and Eddie Cheever completed the top 10, the latter passing Pipo Derani for the spot during the early stages of the race.

Felix Serralles and Kevin Korjus were both given drive-through penalties for exceeding track limits, and found themselves racing together afterwards.

Their battle came to a head on lap 15 when the pair collided heading towards the Spitzkehre, causing significant rear-end damage to the Estonian's T-Sport car and forcing it to retire on the asphalt run-off.

Fortec driver Serralles, who ran wide onto the same piece of track, then hit the stationary car as he began to accelerate out of run-off and launched it into the air. The Puerto Rican then became airborne himself as he drove over a Ludwig kerb on his way back to the track.

Results - 22 laps: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap  1. Felix Rosenqvist Mucke Dallara-Merc 34m51.886s 2. Alex Lynn Prema Dallara-Merc +03.570s 3. Lucas Auer Prema Dallara-Merc +07.372s 4. Raffaele Marciello Prema Dallara-Merc +15.361s 5. Harry Tincknell Carlin Dallara-VW +22.011s 6. Sven Muller Van Amersfoot Dallara-VW +22.464s 7. Antonio Giovinazzi Double R Dallara-Merc +23.684s 8. Jordan King Carlin Dallara-VW +24.244s 9. Dennis van de Laar Van Amersfoot Dallara-VW +25.686s 10. Eddie Cheever Prema Dallara-Merc +26.412s 11. Pipo Derani Fortec Dallara-Merc +27.150s 12. Tom Blomqvist Eurointernational Dallara-Merc +27.609s 13. Nicholas Latifi Carlin Dallara-VW +28.747s 14. John Bryant-Meisner Fortec Dallara-Merc +32.470s 15. Roy Nissany Mucke Dallara-Merc +38.089s 16. Lucas Wolf URD Dallara-Merc +38.719s 17. Mitchell Gilbert Mucke Dallara-Merc +41.407s 18. Jann Mardenborough Carlin Dallara-VW +42.118s 19. Michael Lewis Mucke Dallara-Merc +43.515s 20. Spike Goddard T-Sport Dallara-Nissan +49.857s 21. Nick Cassidy Carlin Dallara-VW +51.148s 22. Tatiana Calderon Double R Dallara-Merc +51.935s 23. Sandro Zeller Zeller Dallara-Merc +54.748s 24. Sean Gelael Double R Dallara-Merc +57.661s 25. Stefano Coletti Ma-con Dallara-VW +1m18.909s Retirements:  Felix Serralles Fortec Dallara-Merc 13 laps Kevin Korjus T-Sport Dallara-Nissan 13 laps Andre Rudersdorf Ma-con Dallara-VW 11 laps
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