Leclerc gets the better of Rosenqvist for race 3 victory


Charles Leclerc got the better of Felix Rosenqvist to take victory in the third and final FIA European Formula 3 Championship race at Hockenheim on Sunday in another race hit by rain.

The race began behind the safety car due to the conditions, and it was pole sitter Rosenqvist who got away well at the start, but unlike in race two, he could not pull away from Leclerc, and on lap thirteen saw the Van Amersfoort Racing driver get passed exiting the hairpin.

The two had come close to touching a few laps earlier at the same spot, but once passed, Leclerc was able to maintain position at the front, even surviving a brief safety car period to remove Pietro Fittipaldi’s Fortec Motorsport machine from the side of the road at the Brazilian had collided with team-mate Hongwei Cao entering the Mercedes Arena.

Antonio Giovinazzi made it six podium finishes from six races with third spot for Jagonya Ayam with Carlin after inheriting the place on the final lap when Maximilian Günther spun at the first corner in the tricky conditions. The Mücke Motorsport driver ultimately finished sixth on the road.

Fourth went to Mücke Motorsport’s Mikkel Jensen ahead of another of the team’s drivers of Santino Ferrucci, but the American driver was penalised twenty seconds after forcing Lance Stroll off the road at the hairpin in an aggressive overtaking manoeuvre – the same two drivers also collided in race two.

Ferrucci’s penalty promoted Günther back up to fifth, while Prema Powerteam’s Stroll was sixth ahead of Motopark driver Markus Pommer. Jake Dennis was eighth in another of the Prema Powerteam entries, with Alexander Albon of Signature ninth ahead of Callum Ilott of Carlin, who had recovered from an early spin following a clash with Jensen.

Hockenheim Race 3 Result

POSNO.DRIVERNATTEAMTIME/LAPS
17Charles LeclercMONVan Amersfoort Racing36m03.129s
21Felix RosenqvistSWEPrema Powerteam+2.998s
33Antonio GiovinazziITAJagonya Ayam with Carlin+7.136s
427Mikkel JensenDENMucke Motorsport+8.045s
528Maximilian GuntherGERMucke Motorsport+10.940s
625Lance StrollCANPrema Powerteam+12.475s
733Markus PommerGERMotopark+13.351s
82Jake DennisGBRPrema Powerteam+14.132s
921Alexander AlbonTHASignature+15.367s
1030Callum IlottGBRCarlin+15.788s
114Gustavo MenezesUSAJagonya Ayam with Carlin+16.517s
1220Dorian BoccolacciFRASignature+18.490s
1329Arjun MainiINDVan Amersfoort Racing+20.351s
1436Sam MacLeodGBRMotopark+20.837s
1511Fabian SchillerGERTeam West-Tec F3+21.368s
1638Raoul HymanRSATeam West-Tec F3+22.048s
1724Brandon MaisanoFRAPrema Powerteam+22.857s
1810George RussellGBRCarlin+23.234s
196Michele BerettaITAMucke Motorsport+23.689s
2026Ryan TveterUSAJagonya Ayam with Carlin+23.883s
2131Hongwei CaoCHNFortec Motorsports+24.852s
2222Nabil JeffriMAYMotopark+25.256s
2319Matt SolomonHKGDouble R Racing+25.823s
2435Kang LingCHNMucke Motorsport+26.579s
259Tatiana CalderonCOLCarlin+26.920s
2617Julio MorenoECUThreebond with T-Sport+28.449s
2723Sergio Sette CamaraBRZMotopark+28.869s
285Santino FerrucciUSAMucke Motorsport+29.680s
2932Zhi Cong LiCHNFortec Motorsports+30.707s
3034Mahaveer RaghunathanINDMotopark+32.648s
3114Matt RaoGBRFortec Motorsports+47.700s
3218Nicolas PohlerGERDouble R Racing+1 Lap
RET12Pietro FittipaldiBRZFortec Motorsports12 Laps
RET8Alessio LorandiITAVan Amersfoort Racing1 Lap
DNS15Nicolas BeerDENEuroInternational0 Laps