Nurburgring F3: Felix Rosenqvist wins again in race two

Felix Rosenqvist won again in the second race of the Formula 3 European Championship weekend at the Nurburgring to continue his dominant weekend

Nurburgring F3: Felix Rosenqvist wins again in race two

Once again the title favourite made a perfect getaway, and he also aced two safety-car restarts in a race that was more dramatic than the earlier event.

The Swede initially led the sister Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes of rookie team-mate Lance Stroll, but Stroll was noticeably less sharp than his experienced team leader at the restarts.

At the second one, Antonio Giovinazzi saw his opportunity and barrelled down the inside of Stroll at the final corner to muscle his Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen into second place.

"I made a little mistake at the chicane [when Rosenqvist hit the throttle]," said Stroll. "I defended a bit, then went back to the racing line, but his last-minute move was really impressive. Fair play to him."

But there was no way Giovinazzi could stop Rosenqvist, who extended his advantage to almost five seconds by the finish.

"I had my better tyres in this race, so I could just put my foot down and get good lap times in the middle of the race," said the winner.

"Then my engineer said I had no threat and I was able to enjoy the nice car I was driving."

Jake Dennis, who was third on the grid behind Prema team-mates Rosenqvist and Stroll, lost out in a three-wide battle for second into Turn 1, and held fourth for the remainder of the race.

Likewise, Charles Leclerc was fifth throughout in his Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara-VW, with Nick Cassidy making it all four Prema cars in the top six.

The result means Rosenqvist now leads Giovinazzi by 65.5 points, and only needs to be 75 in front after Sunday's race to become champion one round early; Leclerc is now 81.5 behind, while Dennis has dropped out of mathematical contention.

A win for Rosenqvist on Sunday will give him the title, as long as Giovinazzi (who starts third) does not finish second.

Cassidy had come under a bit of pressure before the first safety car from Santino Ferrucci, but the Mucke Motorsport driver had to turn his attentions to holding off George Russell's Carlin machine in the late stages, Russell having zapped Mikkel Jensen at the first restart.

As Jensen ran wide he was also passed by Callum Ilott for ninth, with the points-scoring positions remaining unchanged for the rest of the race.

The first safety car was caused when Alessio Lorandi ploughed into Nabil Jeffri at Turn 1, and then parked his car with deranged suspension in the runoff at Turn 3. The second was caused when Gustavo Menezes sailed into the gravel trap at Turn 1 at the first restart.

RACE TWO RESULT

Pos Driver Team Car Laps Gap
1 Felix Rosenqvist Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 24 35m51.337s
2 Antonio Giovinazzi Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 24 4.956s
3 Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 24 9.153s
4 Jake Dennis Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 24 10.539s
5 Charles Leclerc Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 24 14.509s
6 Nick Cassidy Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 24 15.550s
7 Santino Ferrucci KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 24 16.551s
8 George Russell Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 24 16.964s
9 Callum Ilott Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 24 17.954s
10 Mikkel Jensen KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 24 18.813s
11 Sergio Sette Camara Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 24 21.828s
12 Arjun Maini Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 24 22.328s
13 Markus Pommer Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 24 22.929s
14 Alexander Albon Signature Dallara/Volkswagen 24 25.302s
15 Tatiana Calderon Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 24 26.680s
16 Ryan Tveter Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 24 27.186s
17 Dorian Boccolacci Signature Dallara/Volkswagen 24 28.069s
18 Matt Rao Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 24 32.280s
19 Raoul Hyman Team West-Tec F3 Dallara/Mercedes 24 34.265s
20 Julio Moreno ThreeBond with T-Sport Dallara/NBE 24 36.622s
21 Sam MacLeod Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 24 37.030s
22 Nabil Jeffri Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 24 37.402s
23 Zhi Cong Li Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 24 40.116s
24 Michele Beretta KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 24 40.525s
25 Nicolas Pohler Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 24 46.605s
26 Mahaveer Raghunathan Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 24 47.958s
27 Harald Schlegelmilch ArtLine Engineering ARTTech/NBE 23 1 Lap
- Andy Chang Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 12 Retirement
- Pietro Fittipaldi Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 11 Retirement
- Gustavo Menezes Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 8 Retirement
- Felix Serralles KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 6 Retirement
- Matt Solomon Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 5 Retirement
- Alessio Lorandi Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 4 Retirement


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