Zandvoort European Formula 3: Rosenqvist and Giovinazzi share poles

Felix Rosenqvist pipped Antonio Giovinazzi to the fastest time in second Zandvoort Formula 3 European Championship qualifying, but the Swede only earned one of the two pole positions on offer

Zandvoort European Formula 3: Rosenqvist and Giovinazzi share poles

While Rosenqvist will start at the front for race two, he was unable to get anything like a clear lap thereafter and will line his Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes up third for Sunday's finale.

Instead, it was Giovinazzi who topped the second-fastest laps, meaning he takes pole for the third race with his Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen.

The majority of the field, in a departure with the F3 norm, headed for new tyres halfway through the session on a Zandvoort track that is extremely grippy this weekend.

Rosenqvist instantly eclipsed Giovinazzi's earlier best, which stood as pole for race three, while the Italian had to return to the pits to fix a problem with the left-front tyre.

Once he was back on track, he set a lap just nine thousandths slower than Rosenqvist's best.

"I feel like I won the lottery!" said Rosenqvist. "For me it's just stupid - there are too many cars.

"Three times I had similar sector one and two times [to his pole lap], and then in sector three some guy completely on purpose blocks you.

"I think we could have easily done two poles - I could have gone three tenths quicker."

While the leading duo were half a second clear of the rest, Markus Pommer continued his good weekend with third fastest for the Motopark team, while his second-best lap was good enough to give him his first European F3 front-row spot for Sunday.

Jake Dennis was another couple of tenths adrift of the German, heading Prema team-mate Lance Stroll as they took fourth and fifth respectively for races two and three.

Championship leader Charles Leclerc, who suffered earlier in first qualifying with tyres that went off after just one lap, continued a below-par outing with Van Amersfoort Racing to take sixth for race two, and is only 10th on the third-race grid.

Lotus F1 junior Alexander Albon (Signature) and George Russell (Carlin) occupy the fourth row for both races, with Albon grabbing seventh for race two and Russell taking that spot for race three.

Sergio Sette Camara provided further proof of the form of Motopark - which won the Masters of F3 here last year with Max Verstappen - by qualifying ninth, with the Brazilian improving to sixth for race three.

Maximilian Gunther took 10th on the grid for race two, but the Norisring winner could only plant his Mucke Motorsport car 14th for race three.

His top-10 spot for that race is taken by the improved Ryan Tveter, the Carlin-run American lining up ninth.

RACE TWO QUALIFYING TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Felix Rosenqvist Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m29.713s -
2 Antonio Giovinazzi Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m29.722s 0.009s
3 Markus Pommer Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m30.239s 0.526s
4 Jake Dennis Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m30.426s 0.713s
5 Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m30.450s 0.737s
6 Charles Leclerc Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 1m30.503s 0.790s
7 Alexander Albon Signature Dallara/Volkswagen 1m30.663s 0.950s
8 George Russell Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m30.666s 0.953s
9 Sergio Sette Camara Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m30.679s 0.966s
10 Maximilian Guenther KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 1m30.701s 0.988s
11 Santino Ferrucci KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 1m30.792s 1.079s
12 Callum Ilott Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m30.866s 1.153s
13 Ryan Tveter Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m30.942s 1.229s
14 Dorian Boccolacci Signature Dallara/Volkswagen 1m30.994s 1.281s
15 Gustavo Menezes Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m31.308s 1.595s
16 Raoul Hyman Team West-Tec F3 Dallara/Mercedes 1m31.311s 1.598s
17 Brandon Maisano Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m31.311s 1.598s
18 Tatiana Calderon Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m31.326s 1.613s
19 Matt Solomon Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m31.348s 1.635s
20 Michele Beretta KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 1m31.380s 1.667s
21 Arjun Maini Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 1m31.430s 1.717s
22 Mikkel Jensen KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 1m31.489s 1.776s
23 Nabil Jeffri Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m31.508s 1.795s
24 Sam MacLeod Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m31.529s 1.816s
25 Pietro Fittipaldi Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 1m31.570s 1.857s
26 Kang Ling KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 1m31.698s 1.985s
27 Fabian Schiller Team West-Tec F3 Dallara/Mercedes 1m31.793s 2.080s
28 Nicolas Pohler Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m31.954s 2.241s
29 Alessio Lorandi Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 1m32.287s 2.574s
30 Andy Chang Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 1m32.386s 2.673s
31 Matt Rao Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 1m32.968s 3.255s
32 Mahaveer Raghunathan Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m33.029s 3.316s
33 Zhi Cong Li Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 1m33.335s 3.622s
- Julio Moreno ThreeBond with T-Sport Dallara/NBE 1m31.233s 1.520s

RACE THREE QUALIFYING TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Antonio Giovinazzi Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m30.065s -
2 Markus Pommer Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m30.262s 0.197s
3 Felix Rosenqvist Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m30.289s 0.224s
4 Jake Dennis Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m30.433s 0.368s
5 Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m30.480s 0.415s
6 Sergio Sette Camara Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m30.763s 0.698s
7 George Russell Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m30.926s 0.861s
8 Alexander Albon Signature Dallara/Volkswagen 1m31.001s 0.936s
9 Ryan Tveter Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m31.044s 0.979s
10 Charles Leclerc Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 1m31.185s 1.120s
11 Santino Ferrucci KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 1m31.202s 1.137s
12 Dorian Boccolacci Signature Dallara/Volkswagen 1m31.208s 1.143s
13 Maximilian Guenther KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 1m31.359s 1.294s
14 Raoul Hyman Team West-Tec F3 Dallara/Mercedes 1m31.499s 1.434s
15 Callum Ilott Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m31.524s 1.459s
16 Gustavo Menezes Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m31.611s 1.546s
17 Michele Beretta KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 1m31.723s 1.658s
18 Sam MacLeod Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m31.725s 1.660s
19 Tatiana Calderon Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m31.735s 1.670s
20 Matt Solomon Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m31.757s 1.692s
21 Fabian Schiller Team West-Tec F3 Dallara/Mercedes 1m31.924s 1.859s
22 Arjun Maini Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 1m32.019s 1.954s
23 Nabil Jeffri Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m32.034s 1.969s
24 Mikkel Jensen KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 1m32.148s 2.083s
25 Nicolas Pohler Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m32.237s 2.172s
26 Alessio Lorandi Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 1m32.403s 2.338s
27 Andy Chang Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 1m32.458s 2.393s
28 Pietro Fittipaldi Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 1m32.637s 2.572s
29 Kang Ling KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 1m32.822s 2.757s
30 Brandon Maisano Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m32.840s 2.775s
31 Mahaveer Raghunathan Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m33.053s 2.988s
32 Zhi Cong Li Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 1m33.662s 3.597s
33 Matt Rao Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 1m34.124s 4.059s
- Julio Moreno ThreeBond with T-Sport Dallara/NBE 1m31.288s 1.223s

shares
comments
European F3 Zandvoort: Antonio Giovinazzi takes first pole of 2015

Previous article

European F3 Zandvoort: Antonio Giovinazzi takes first pole of 2015

Next article

European F3 Zandvoort: Antonio Giovinazzi wins in opening race

European F3 Zandvoort: Antonio Giovinazzi wins in opening race
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