Spa European F3: Felix Rosenqvist dodges rain to take race one pole

Felix Rosenqvist survived a rain scare to grab pole position for the first Formula 3 European Championship race of the Spa weekend

Spa European F3: Felix Rosenqvist dodges rain to take race one pole

Rosenqvist - along with fellow title contenders Antonio Giovinazzi, Charles Leclerc and Jake Dennis - languished way down the order when rain fell, predominantly at the La Source hairpin, a few minutes into the session.

Red Bull junior Callum Ilott sat atop the timing screens for the majority of the session, but the 16-year-old Briton plummeted down the order to ninth when salvation appeared for the regular frontrunners and the track dried.

Rosenqvist found himself on such a large empty piece of track that he thought the session had been red-flagged, and took his Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes to pole position by 0.238 seconds from team-mate Dennis.

"It was really slippery and my engineer said I had to make a time - it was a 2m14s and pole was in the 2m11s," said the Swede.

"Then it stopped raining and I managed to do a really good lap."

Dennis gave credit to the Prema team, with his own effort outpacing third-fastest Giovinazzi's Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen by over half a second after the Italian jumped up the order in the dying moments.

Giovinazzi's late effort demoted Pietro Fittipaldi to fourth. The Brazilian-American, still driving with his broken left hand in a splint, briefly held pole on a track where his Fortec Motorsport team often excels, but hit traffic in the last couple of laps.

The latest improver among the leading runners was Brandon Maisano, the Prema man grabbing a last-ditch fifth from Leclerc, whose Van Amersfoort Racing machine was way down outside the top 30 until the last couple of minutes.

Alexander Albon (Signature) and Santino Ferrucci (Mucke Motorsport) will share the fourth row for the opening race, with Ilott and Motopark man Markus Pommer on the fifth, just shading Silverstone winner George Russell.

RACE ONE QUALIFYING:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Felix Rosenqvist Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 2m10.173s -
2 Jake Dennis Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 2m10.411s 0.238s
3 Antonio Giovinazzi Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m10.964s 0.791s
4 Pietro Fittipaldi Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 2m11.008s 0.835s
5 Brandon Maisano Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 2m11.112s 0.939s
6 Charles Leclerc Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 2m11.121s 0.948s
7 Alexander Albon Signature Dallara/Volkswagen 2m11.172s 0.999s
8 Santino Ferrucci KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 2m11.224s 1.051s
9 Callum Ilott Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m11.240s 1.067s
10 Markus Pommer Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 2m11.244s 1.071s
11 George Russell Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m11.297s 1.124s
12 Mikkel Jensen KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 2m11.348s 1.175s
13 Raoul Hyman Team West-Tec F3 Dallara/Mercedes 2m11.370s 1.197s
14 Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 2m11.397s 1.224s
15 Sam MacLeod Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 2m11.459s 1.286s
16 Alessio Lorandi Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 2m11.465s 1.292s
17 Ryan Tveter Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m11.547s 1.374s
18 Maximilian Guenther KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 2m11.716s 1.543s
19 Gustavo Menezes Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m11.742s 1.569s
20 Sergio Sette Camara Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 2m11.802s 1.629s
21 Fabian Schiller Team West-Tec F3 Dallara/Mercedes 2m12.060s 1.887s
22 Dorian Boccolacci Signature Dallara/Volkswagen 2m12.103s 1.930s
23 Tatiana Calderon Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m12.216s 2.043s
24 Nabil Jeffri Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 2m12.394s 2.221s
25 Michele Beretta KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 2m12.470s 2.297s
26 Matt Solomon Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 2m12.528s 2.355s
27 Matt Rao Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 2m12.588s 2.415s
28 Kang Ling KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 2m12.750s 2.577s
29 Nicolas Pohler Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 2m12.772s 2.599s
30 Arjun Maini Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 2m13.051s 2.878s
31 Martin Cao Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 2m13.344s 3.171s
32 Mahaveer Raghunathan Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 2m13.426s 3.253s
33 Julio Moreno ThreeBond with T-Sport Dallara/NBE 2m18.066s 7.893s


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