Red Bull Ring European F3: Rosenqvist takes pole for race one

Felix Rosenqvist will start the weekend's opening Formula 3 European Championship race at the Red Bull Ring on pole position, after leading a Prema Powerteam sweep of the top three

Red Bull Ring European F3: Rosenqvist takes pole for race one

The practice pacesetter was never far from the top of the times during the 20-minute session, and sat second to team-mate Jake Dennis entering the closing minutes.

Dennis, already up by 0.037 seconds, then improved further to 1m24.517s, only for Rosenqvist to log a 1m24.510s with just over one minute remaining.

On the next lap, Dennis went faster again through the first sector but he couldn't maintain the pace over the remainder of the lap, and Rosenqvist claimed his 18th F3 pole by 0.007s.

The Swede won all three races at the circuit in 2013.

Ferrari junior Lance Stroll was a late improver to third, adding to Prema's good start to the weekend, while championship leader Antonio Giovinazzi will start Saturday morning's opening race from fourth on the grid.

Like Dennis, Giovinazzi started his final lap well, with the fastest first sector and a personal best in the second, but he lost ground in the final corners, didn't improve to finish 0.241s off Rosenqvist.

Charles Leclerc found steady gains during the final five minutes and ended the session fifth, ahead of Sergio Sette Camara, George Russell, Alexander Albon, Markus Pommer and Gustavo Menezes.

QUALIFYING TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Felix Rosenqvist Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m24.510s -
2 Jake Dennis Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m24.517s 0.007s
3 Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m24.701s 0.191s
4 Antonio Giovinazzi Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m24.751s 0.241s
5 Charles Leclerc Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 1m24.764s 0.254s
6 Sergio Sette Camara Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m24.899s 0.389s
7 George Russell Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m24.973s 0.463s
8 Alexander Albon Signature Dallara/Volkswagen 1m24.978s 0.468s
9 Markus Pommer Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m25.035s 0.525s
10 Gustavo Menezes Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m25.040s 0.530s
11 Mikkel Jensen KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 1m25.043s 0.533s
12 Raoul Hyman Team West-Tec F3 Dallara/Mercedes 1m25.119s 0.609s
13 Callum Ilott Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m25.136s 0.626s
14 Brandon Maisano Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m25.153s 0.643s
15 Maximilian Guenther KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 1m25.322s 0.812s
16 Santino Ferrucci KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 1m25.350s 0.840s
17 Tatiana Calderon Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m25.414s 0.904s
18 Dorian Boccolacci Signature Dallara/Volkswagen 1m25.468s 0.958s
19 Fabian Schiller Team West-Tec F3 Dallara/Mercedes 1m25.606s 1.096s
20 Nabil Jeffri Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m25.719s 1.209s
21 Arjun Maini Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 1m25.746s 1.236s
22 Alessio Lorandi Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 1m25.781s 1.271s
23 Sam MacLeod Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m25.862s 1.352s
24 Michele Beretta KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 1m25.909s 1.399s
25 Andy Chang Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 1m25.913s 1.403s
26 Julio Moreno ThreeBond with T-Sport Dallara/NBE 1m25.956s 1.446s
27 Matt Solomon Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m25.984s 1.474s
28 Kang Ling KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 1m26.074s 1.564s
29 Matt Rao Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 1m26.232s 1.722s
30 Pietro Fittipaldi Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 1m26.522s 2.012s
31 Matheus Leist Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m26.563s 2.053s
32 Zhi Cong Li Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 1m26.958s 2.448s
33 Mahaveer Raghunathan Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m27.430s 2.920s

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