Monza European F3: Felix Rosenqvist completes pole hat-trick

Felix Rosenqvist completed his third qualifying clean sweep in four Formula 3 European Championship rounds this season by taking a double pole in the second session at Monza

Monza European F3: Felix Rosenqvist completes pole hat-trick

The veteran Swede didn't have quite as clear a track as he enjoyed in the first session, but still made the most of it to take yet another pole position in his Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes.

While Rosenqvist's main title rivals struggled in the first qualifying session, Charles Leclerc and Antonio Giovinazzi came good in the late-afternoon second outing to take second and third respectively for both races.

Leclerc and Giovinazzi were mired in the same clump of traffic for the early laps, but wriggled their respective Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara-Volkswagen and Carlin Dallara-VW out of the chaos, with Leclerc finishing 0.160 seconds adrift of Rosenqvist.

"It was a little bit worse track position but I had a lot of championship contenders behind me, and I didn't want to give them a tow," said Rosenqvist, who as he did earlier set three laps quicker than anyone else's best.

"I pushed hard to overtake, and then I had one lap on my own and another with a small slipstream - I tried to do something spectacular after that but realised I couldn't go any quicker!"

Jake Dennis couldn't quite repeat his first-session form, the double Pau winner taking a brace of fourth-fastest times in his Prema machine.

Next up were Mucke Motorsport twins Mikkel Jensen and Santino Ferrucci, the Dane and the American once again buddying up to give each other a tow and earning themselves fifth and sixth positions respectively for race two, and vice versa for race three.

Once again Prema pair Brandon Maisano and Lance Stroll were both in the top 10, taking seventh and ninth respectively, while between them was an eye-opening eighth fastest for Double R Racing's Matt Solomon, by far the Hong Kong racer's best effort yet.

Motopark's Markus Pommer completes the top 10 on the grid for race two.

The lower reaches of the top 10 on the grid for race three were filled by Maisano, Pommer, Carlin runner Gustavo Menezes and Mucke man Maximilian Gunther.

RACE TWO GRID:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Felix Rosenqvist Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m43.417s -
2 Charles Leclerc Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 1m43.577s 0.160s
3 Antonio Giovinazzi Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m43.707s 0.290s
4 Jake Dennis Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m43.722s 0.305s
5 Mikkel Jensen KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 1m43.812s 0.395s
6 Santino Ferrucci KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 1m43.968s 0.551s
7 Brandon Maisano Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m44.003s 0.586s
8 Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m44.029s 0.612s
9 Markus Pommer Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m44.057s 0.640s
10 Gustavo Menezes Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m44.064s 0.647s
11 Sergio Sette Camara Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m44.115s 0.698s
12 Pietro Fittipaldi Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 1m44.145s 0.728s
13 Maximilian Guenther KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 1m44.173s 0.756s
14 George Russell Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m44.235s 0.818s
15 Fabian Schiller Team West-Tec F3 Dallara/Mercedes 1m44.302s 0.885s
16 Alexander Albon Signature Dallara/Volkswagen 1m44.336s 0.919s
17 Sam MacLeod Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m44.406s 0.989s
18 Julio Moreno ThreeBond with T-Sport Dallara/NBE 1m44.480s 1.063s
19 Raoul Hyman Team West-Tec F3 Dallara/Mercedes 1m44.491s 1.074s
20 Nabil Jeffri Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m44.507s 1.090s
21 Alessio Lorandi Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 1m44.543s 1.126s
22 Callum Ilott Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m44.543s 1.126s
23 Ryan Tveter Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m44.588s 1.171s
24 Tatiana Calderon Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m44.639s 1.222s
25 Artur Janosz EuroInternational Dallara/Mercedes 1m44.640s 1.223s
26 Arjun Maini Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 1m44.852s 1.435s
27 Facu Regalia EuroInternational Dallara/Mercedes 1m44.899s 1.482s
28 Michele Beretta KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 1m44.922s 1.505s
29 Martin Cao Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 1m44.954s 1.537s
30 Mahaveer Raghunathan Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m45.059s 1.642s
31 Kang Ling KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 1m45.117s 1.700s
32 Nicolas Pohler Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m45.191s 1.774s
33 Dorian Boccolacci Signature Dallara/Volkswagen 1m45.262s 1.845s
34 Matt Rao Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 1m45.347s 1.930s
- Matt Solomon Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m44.016s 0.599s

RACE THREE GRID:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Felix Rosenqvist Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m43.447s -
2 Charles Leclerc Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 1m43.587s 0.140s
3 Antonio Giovinazzi Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m43.900s 0.453s
4 Jake Dennis Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m43.936s 0.489s
5 Santino Ferrucci KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 1m43.997s 0.550s
6 Mikkel Jensen KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 1m44.027s 0.580s
7 Brandon Maisano Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m44.132s 0.685s
8 Markus Pommer Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m44.138s 0.691s
9 Gustavo Menezes Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m44.178s 0.731s
10 Maximilian Guenther KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 1m44.227s 0.780s
11 Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m44.260s 0.813s
12 George Russell Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m44.266s 0.819s
13 Pietro Fittipaldi Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 1m44.283s 0.836s
14 Fabian Schiller Team West-Tec F3 Dallara/Mercedes 1m44.311s 0.864s
15 Raoul Hyman Team West-Tec F3 Dallara/Mercedes 1m44.526s 1.079s
16 Nabil Jeffri Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m44.529s 1.082s
17 Sam MacLeod Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m44.611s 1.164s
18 Ryan Tveter Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m44.658s 1.211s
19 Tatiana Calderon Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m44.672s 1.225s
20 Artur Janosz EuroInternational Dallara/Mercedes 1m44.714s 1.267s
21 Callum Ilott Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m44.749s 1.302s
22 Julio Moreno ThreeBond with T-Sport Dallara/NBE 1m44.819s 1.372s
23 Arjun Maini Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 1m44.907s 1.460s
24 Martin Cao Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 1m45.010s 1.563s
25 Alessio Lorandi Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 1m44.609s 1.162s
26 Mahaveer Raghunathan Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m45.072s 1.625s
27 Kang Ling KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 1m45.224s 1.777s
28 Nicolas Pohler Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m45.346s 1.899s
29 Matt Solomon Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m44.531s 1.084s
30 Sergio Sette Camara Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m44.330s 0.883s

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