Hockenheim European F3: Rosenqvist wins wild finale

Felix Rosenqvist bowed out of his Formula 3 European Championship in style with victory in a chaotic final race at Hockenheim, which featured four safety cars

Hockenheim European F3: Rosenqvist wins wild finale

With the circuit damp, poleman Jake Dennis copied the strategy of Charles Leclerc - his rival for third in the championship - in opting for wet-weather tyres, and barring a miracle shower neither would make progress on a drying circuit.

With second-on-the-grid Antonio Giovinazzi on the wet side of the track, Rosenqvist took advantage to burst into the lead in his Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes.

A great first lap from fifth qualifier Alexander Albon elevated his Signature Dallara-Volkswagen to second, and the Anglo-Thai put Rosenqvist under serious pressure before the first safety car after five laps.

Albon, his tyre pressures too high, then faded with degradation to the rears and was thankful that the cautions allowed him to hang onto second.

Alexander Sims was another early mover, rising from ninth to third on lap one in the Hitech GP squad's Dallara-Mercedes.

Later in the race, Sims challenged Albon only to lose momentum, allowing the Carlin Dallara-VW of Giovinazzi to take the final podium position.

Sims hung on for fourth, while Callum Ilott did a great job in his Red Bull-backed Carlin car to win a battle with Maximilian Gunther for fifth.

Most of those who started on wets took advantage of the first safety car to pit, and Dennis was able to claw his way back to seventh, while Leclerc made a late stop and finished near the tail of the field.

Mikkel Jensen was running strongly in fifth, despite damage to his front wing, only to run wide at the Spitzkehre hairpin and drop to eighth.

That put him one spot ahead of Mucke Motorsport team-mate Michele Beretta, who finally scored his first points after two years of trying with ninth.

Slick pit work from the Carlin crew leapfrogged Tatiana Calderon above other pitters and she ran 10th.

Then Alessio Lorandi attacked late in the race, passing her into the Spitzkehre.

Calderon nerfed him into a spin and finished 10th, only to earn a time penalty in lieu of a drive-through, promoting Raoul Hyman to the final point.

The first safety car was caused when Pietro Fittipaldi collided with Nicolas Pohler and got stuck on a kerb.

The next came when George Russell went into the gravel after being clipped by Matt Rao, and Tanart Sathienthirakul was also stranded with damage after a separate collision.

The third was when Nabil Jeffri got stuck in the gravel after a collision with Andy Chang, and the fourth was for debris, with the race finishing under caution.

RESULTS - 18 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Felix Rosenqvist Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 35m27.859s
2 Alexander Albon Signature Dallara/Volkswagen 0.511s
3 Antonio Giovinazzi Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 0.862s
4 Alexander Sims Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 1.050s
5 Callum Ilott Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2.019s
6 Maximilian Guenther Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 2.615s
7 Jake Dennis Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 2.991s
8 Mikkel Jensen KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 4.825s
9 Michele Beretta KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 5.634s
10 Raoul Hyman Team West-Tec F3 Dallara/Mercedes 7.289s
11 Sergio Sette Camara Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 8.645s
12 Alessio Lorandi Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 9.092s
13 Gustavo Menezes Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 10.267s
14 Matt Solomon Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 10.430s
15 Nicolas Pohler Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 11.549s
16 Julio Moreno ThreeBond with T-Sport Dallara/NBE 13.158s
17 Arjun Maini Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 14.507s
18 Matt Rao Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 14.812s
19 Zhi Cong Li Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 16.006s
20 Andy Chang Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 16.678s
21 Markus Pommer Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 20.579s
22 Tatiana Calderon Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 36.667s
23 Charles Leclerc Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 38.371s
24 Dorian Boccolacci Signature Dallara/Volkswagen 52.361s
- Santino Ferrucci KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes Retirement
- Nabil Jeffri Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen Retirement
- Harald Schlegelmilch ArtLine Engineering ARTTech/NBE Retirement
- George Russell Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen Retirement
- Tanart Sathienthirakul Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen Retirement
- Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes Retirement
- Marvin Dienst ArtLine Engineering ARTTech/NBE Retirement
- Pietro Fittipaldi Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes Retirement
- Ryan Tveter Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen Retirement

FINAL CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

Pos Driver Points
1 Felix Rosenqvist 508
2 Antonio Giovinazzi 412.5
3 Jake Dennis 377
4 Charles Leclerc 363.5
5 Lance Stroll 231
6 George Russell 203
7 Alexander Albon 187
8 Maximilian Guenther 152
9 Mikkel Jensen 117.5
10 Markus Pommer 116.5
11 Santino Ferrucci 91
12 Callum Ilott 65.5
13 Gustavo Menezes 65
14 Sergio Sette Camara 57.5
15 Brandon Maisano 53
16 Nick Cassidy 43
17 Pietro Fittipaldi 32
18 Arjun Maini 27
19 Dorian Boccolacci 27
20 Alessio Lorandi 26
21 Raoul Hyman 14.5
22 Michele Beretta 4
23 Ryan Tveter 2
24 Sam MacLeod 2
25 Fabian Schiller 2
26 Nabil Jeffri 2

TEAMS' CHAMPIONSHIP:

Pos Team Points
1 Prema Powerteam 912
2 Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 532.5
3 Van Amersfoort Racing 464.5
4 Carlin 362.5
5 KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport 326
6 Signature 278
7 Motopark 196.5
8 Fortec Motorsports 54
9 Team West-Tec F3 51.5
10 Double R Racing 3
11 Hitech GP 1

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