FIA European Formula 3 Championship veteran Felix Rosenqvist was in sublime form on Saturday as he led from start-to-finish to win race two at Hockenheim.
The Swede, driving for Prema Powerteam, was unstoppable as he led away from pole position to win ahead of Van Amersfoort Racing’s Charles Leclerc by 9.065s and thus become the first two-time winner in 2015.
Leclerc had a relatively quiet race in second, while Antonio Giovinazzi completed the podium places for Jagonya Ayam with Carlin, with the Italian having to fight past the Mücke Motorsport machine of Maximilian Günther with just a handful of laps remaining to keep up his record of finishing on the podium in every race this season.
Behind Günther was Callum Ilott of Carlin, with the Red Bull-backed driver having a strong race, giving Giovinazzi a hard time in the opening few laps before holding off Santino Ferrucci of Mücke Motorsport until the flag.
Markus Pommer of Motopark was on course to finish seventh, but slowed significantly on the final lap and falling all the way down to seventeenth, allowing Gustavo Menezes of Jagonya Ayam with Carlin into seventh, with the American driver getting the better of a race-long battle with the Signature entry of Alexander Albon.
George Russell secured his first points of the weekend in ninth place for Carlin, while Prema Powerteam’s Brandon Maisano took the final point in tenth after passing Mikkel Jensen of Mücke Motorsport with a few laps to go.
The other two Prema Powerteam drivers had disappointing starts to the race, with Jake Dennis stalling on the dummy grid and having to start from the pit lane, while Lance Stroll was spun around on the opening lap at the hairpin by Ferrucci, dropping to the back of the field. Both recovered well but the points were well out of reach, with Stroll fourteenth and Dennis fifteenth at the chequered flag.
Hockenheim Race 2 Result
|1||1||Felix Rosenqvist||SWE||Prema Powerteam||34m17.939s|
|2||7||Charles Leclerc||MON||Van Amersfoort Racing||+9.065s|
|3||3||Antonio Giovinazzi||ITA||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||+12.888s|
|4||28||Maximilian Gunther||GER||Mucke Motorsport||+16.576s|
|6||5||Santino Ferrucci||USA||Mucke Motorsport||+23.058s|
|7||4||Gustavo Menezes||USA||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||+31.552s|
|10||24||Brandon Maisano||FRA||Prema Powerteam||+34.679s|
|11||27||Mikkel Jensen||DEN||Mucke Motorsport||+39.781s|
|12||11||Fabian Schiller||GER||Team West-Tec F3||+40.495s|
|13||38||Raoul Hyman||RSA||Team West-Tec F3||+41.182s|
|14||25||Lance Stroll||CAN||Prema Powerteam||+46.975s|
|15||2||Jake Dennis||GBR||Prema Powerteam||+48.935s|
|16||14||Matt Rao||GBR||Fortec Motorsports||+52.141s|
|18||31||Hongwei Cao||CHN||Fortec Motorsports||+54.623s|
|20||12||Pietro Fittipaldi||BRZ||Fortec Motorsports||+55.319s|
|23||18||Nicolas Pohler||GER||Double R Racing||+59.621s|
|24||6||Michele Beretta||ITA||Mucke Motorsport||+1m01.124s|
|25||23||Sergio Sette Camara||BRZ||Motopark||+1m04.807s|
|26||19||Matt Solomon||HKG||Double R Racing||+1m06.095s|
|27||17||Julio Moreno||ECU||Threebond with T-Sport||+1m06.870s|
|28||35||Kang Ling||CHN||Mucke Motorsport||+1m09.835s|
|29||32||Zhi Cong Li||CHN||Fortec Motorsports||+1m17.488s|
|30||8||Alessio Lorandi||ITA||Van Amersfoort Racing||+1m27.960s|
|31||34||Mahaveer Raghunathan||IND||Motopark||+1 Lap|
|32||20||Dorian Boccolacci||FRA||Signature||+1 Lap|
|RET||26||Ryan Tveter||USA||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||3 Laps|
|RET||29||Arjun Maini||IND||Van Amersfoort Racing||0 Laps|
|DNS||15||Nicolas Beer||DEN||EuroInternational||0 Laps|