Zandvoort European F3: Felix Rosenqvist dominates race two

Felix Rosenqvist took a comfortable win in the second Formula 3 European Championship race of the weekend at Zandvoort

Zandvoort European F3: Felix Rosenqvist dominates race two

The race took a while to get into its rhythm due to two early safety-car periods, but Rosenqvist was never troubled by first-race winner Antonio Giovinazzi, his closest pursuer.

Rosenqvist converted his pole position into the lead, shooting his Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes into the first corner ahead of Giovinazzi's Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen, while fast-starting Prema driver Jake Dennis tried to get around the Italian before locking up and settling into third.

But a startline clash brought out the safety car. Markus Pommer, from third on the grid, and Lance Stroll (fifth) swept across to the inside, and it resulted in contact between Stroll and championship leader Charles Leclerc.

Stroll's car hit the end of the pit barrier before ricocheting down to rest on the inside grass before the first corner, while Leclerc continued in fifth place behind Pommer.

At the restart - where an errant rescue vehicle had to dive off the track just before being swamped by the field - Rosenqvist opened a 1.251-second gap within one lap, but on the third lap under the green flag Leclerc felt something wrong with his car, which snapped on him at the high-speed Scheivlak turn, sending him into the barriers.

Leclerc's Van Amersfoort Racing team said the most likely cause was a trackrod failure as a result of the collision with Stroll, with the Monegasque taken to the medical centre with a bruised and swollen knee.

Leclerc could miss race three due to crash damage

Rosenqvist had to defend on the second restart from Giovinazzi, but 'Mr Zandvoort', twice a winner of the Masters of F3 at the Dutch circuit, soon opened up another gap and crossed the line over three seconds clear.

"It was really the first time this weekend we were able to show our pace, which was quite strong already," said Rosenqvist after a processional race.

"I don't really have any issues except the safety cars, and the truck made it a bit more exciting, but why not?!"

Pommer took another good result with fourth in his Motopark car, while Alexander Albon (Signature) and George Russell (Carlin) followed him throughout to fill the top six.

Another Motopark driver, Sergio Sette Camara, scored seventh, with Maximilian Gunther leading Mucke Motorsport team-mate Santino Ferrucci home for eighth.

The final point went to Ferrucci's fellow American Ryan Tveter, the Carlin driver beating compatriot and team-mate Gustavo Menezes to claim his first Euro F3 point.

RESULTS - 20 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Felix Rosenqvist Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 35m13.587s
2 Antonio Giovinazzi Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 3.195s
3 Jake Dennis Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 7.020s
4 Alexander Albon Signature Dallara/Volkswagen 11.350s
5 George Russell Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 13.134s
6 Sergio Sette Camara Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 15.733s
7 Maximilian Guenther KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 17.197s
8 Santino Ferrucci KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 18.907s
9 Ryan Tveter Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 19.606s
10 Gustavo Menezes Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 20.351s
11 Tatiana Calderon Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 20.871s
12 Callum Ilott Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 21.525s
13 Brandon Maisano Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 22.611s
14 Raoul Hyman Team West-Tec F3 Dallara/Mercedes 24.281s
15 Arjun Maini Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 25.063s
16 Michele Beretta KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 25.637s
17 Matt Solomon Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 26.726s
18 Mikkel Jensen KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 27.135s
19 Sam MacLeod Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 27.192s
20 Pietro Fittipaldi Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 29.446s
21 Markus Pommer Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 29.674s
22 Nabil Jeffri Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 30.468s
23 Matt Rao Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 33.535s
24 Kang Ling KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 34.126s
25 Fabian Schiller Team West-Tec F3 Dallara/Mercedes 34.551s
26 Andy Chang Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 35.979s
27 Julio Moreno ThreeBond with T-Sport Dallara/NBE 36.292s
28 Alessio Lorandi Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 37.119s
29 Nicolas Pohler Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 38.913s
30 Mahaveer Raghunathan Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 45.158s
31 Zhi Cong Li Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 46.006s
- Dorian Boccolacci Signature Dallara/Volkswagen Retirement
- Charles Leclerc Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen Retirement
- Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes Retirement


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