Spa European F3: Felix Rosenqvist leads strike-delayed practice

Felix Rosenqvist comfortably topped the sole free practice session for this weekend's Formula 3 European Championship round at Spa

Spa European F3: Felix Rosenqvist leads strike-delayed practice

With the championship mired in controversy over driving and officiating standards during the past three weeks, the F3 field once again found their running cut short in the Ardennes.

This time, however, it was owing to an on-track strike by Spa circuit workers, delaying the start of the meeting by an hour and a half and causing the F3 practice to be trimmed from its usual brace of 40-minute sessions to a single hour of running.

With an ambient temperature only just nudging into double figures and the circuit damp off line after morning rain, times were relatively slow.

Rosenqvist and his Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes led the way for the majority of the session, despite the Swede being one of those to take to the Les Combes escape road in slippery conditions.

Charles Leclerc nosed in front into the final quarter of the session with a series of quick laps, the Monegasque relatively early of the frontrunners to fit fresh tyres to his Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara-Volkswagen.

But the rookie had no answer to Rosenqvist's final salvo, which put the F3 veteran to the top of the times.

A quick late run from Carlin's championship leader Antonio Giovinazzi lifted him to second right at the end of the session, 0.231 seconds adrift of Rosenqvist, with Leclerc ending up third.

Jake Dennis (Prema) - the final member of this year's 'big four' - also lifted himself up the order in the late stages, despite not running new tyres, to take fourth.

Prema rookie Lance Stroll had been third until the final few minutes, but ended up being demoted to seventh in the dying moments of the session by Fortec Motorsport's Pietro Fittipaldi and Motopark-run Sam MacLeod - the Scot had run second through much of the middle stages.

Raoul Hyman picked up where he led off at Monza, the South African earning bragging rights among the trio of BRDC Formula 4 graduates to place his Team West-Tec car in eighth place.

Next up was Mikkel Jensen, who looked the most comfortable of the Mucke Motorsport quintet to take ninth, as Carlin's George Russell rounded out the top 10.

Alexander Albon and Markus Pommer also faded from the leading runners, dropping to 11th and 14th and sandwiching Americans Gustavo Menezes and Santino Ferrucci.

The EuroInternational team is absent this weekend after team boss Antonio Ferrari was unable to secure a driver to commit to the next three rounds.

PRACTICE TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Felix Rosenqvist Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 2m11.362s - 18
2 Antonio Giovinazzi Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m11.593s 0.231s 19
3 Charles Leclerc Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 2m11.639s 0.277s 22
4 Jake Dennis Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 2m11.974s 0.612s 21
5 Pietro Fittipaldi Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 2m12.030s 0.668s 21
6 Sam MacLeod Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 2m12.031s 0.669s 18
7 Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 2m12.088s 0.726s 21
8 Raoul Hyman Team West-Tec F3 Dallara/Mercedes 2m12.137s 0.775s 21
9 Mikkel Jensen KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 2m12.146s 0.784s 19
10 George Russell Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m12.439s 1.077s 20
11 Alexander Albon Signature Dallara/Volkswagen 2m12.483s 1.121s 21
12 Gustavo Menezes Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m12.544s 1.182s 19
13 Santino Ferrucci KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 2m12.567s 1.205s 20
14 Markus Pommer Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 2m12.624s 1.262s 23
15 Callum Ilott Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m12.651s 1.289s 19
16 Ryan Tveter Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m12.660s 1.298s 20
17 Tatiana Calderon Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m12.665s 1.303s 19
18 Alessio Lorandi Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 2m12.669s 1.307s 20
19 Maximilian Guenther KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 2m12.960s 1.598s 18
20 Matt Rao Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 2m12.998s 1.636s 21
21 Brandon Maisano Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 2m13.053s 1.691s 21
22 Arjun Maini Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 2m13.201s 1.839s 21
23 Michele Beretta KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 2m13.342s 1.980s 18
24 Fabian Schiller Team West-Tec F3 Dallara/Mercedes 2m13.489s 2.127s 16
25 Sergio Sette Camara Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 2m13.498s 2.136s 17
26 Julio Moreno ThreeBond with T-Sport Dallara/NBE 2m13.653s 2.291s 19
27 Nabil Jeffri Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 2m13.855s 2.493s 18
28 Nicolas Pohler Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 2m13.917s 2.555s 21
29 Dorian Boccolacci Signature Dallara/Volkswagen 2m13.929s 2.567s 20
30 Matt Solomon Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 2m14.194s 2.832s 22
31 Martin Cao Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 2m14.608s 3.246s 17
32 Kang Ling KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 2m15.054s 3.692s 17
33 Mahaveer Raghunathan Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 2m16.569s 5.207s 19


shares
comments
Ex-F1 driver Gerhard Berger slams European F3 officialdom

Previous article

Ex-F1 driver Gerhard Berger slams European F3 officialdom

Next article

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

Spa European F3: Felix Rosenqvist dodges rain to take race one pole
Load comments
How F2 and F3's flawed format changes could prove shortlived Plus

How F2 and F3's flawed format changes could prove shortlived

After a chaotic 2020, marred by the coronavirus pandemic, the FIA brought in radical changes to Formula 2 and 3. But less than 12 months later, there are talks of them being reversed after all did not go to plan…

FIA F2
Sep 9, 2021
How the latest 'son of' youngster found his feet in F3 Plus

How the latest 'son of' youngster found his feet in F3

After a promising start to his single-seater racing career, life in the Formula 1 feeder series gave Jack Doohan a reality check. But, following a year of learning and toiling, the driver with one of the most famous surnames on the Formula 3 grid isn’t feeling the weight of expectation pushing down too hard on him any longer

FIA F3
Jun 30, 2021
The Monaco win that started another triple crown Plus

The Monaco win that started another triple crown

30 years ago, victory in the Monaco Grand Prix-supporting Formula 3 race – then a showpiece invitational event – began a young Jorg Muller’s pursuit of a unique set of street circuit wins that he’d later complete at Macau and Pau

FIA F3
May 21, 2021
How two F3 stars face new challenges from very different perspectives Plus

How two F3 stars face new challenges from very different perspectives

ART Grand Prix team-mates Frederik Vesti and Juan Manuel Correa's paths to the 2021 FIA Formula 3 Championship grid couldn’t have been further apart, but both are using the same focus for different goals

FIA F3
May 5, 2021
Why Correa's return is the feelgood story racing needed Plus

Why Correa's return is the feelgood story racing needed

Juan Manuel Correa has had a long road to recovery from that horrific day at Spa in 2019. ART's decision to give him his race return in FIA Formula 3 in 2021 is a victory in itself, but his determination will surely - in time - have him fighting for bigger things

FIA F3
Feb 2, 2021
Why Piastri's F3 title was better than results suggested Plus

Why Piastri's F3 title was better than results suggested

F3 rookie Oscar Piastri only just snatched the 2020 title with Prema Racing, but the setbacks he overcame to do so suggest that Renault's next Australian talent is one destined for the top

FIA F3
Jan 12, 2021
The ground-effect wonder behind a generation of F1 stars Plus

The ground-effect wonder behind a generation of F1 stars

Recently named as Autosport's greatest single-seater, Ralt's RT3 launched a plethora of superstar drivers through the early 1980s, and established the constructor as the go-to place for your single-seater weapon

FIA F3
Dec 8, 2020
The Macau GP's greatest moments Plus

The Macau GP's greatest moments

Coronavirus restrictions mean this weekend's Macau GP will have a very different feel, with the usual F3 jamboree replaced by Chinese F4. But in past years, the event has provided some seminal moments in the careers of future world champions

FIA F3
Nov 20, 2020