Rosenqvist takes race one pole in Monza

Felix Rosenqvist stormed to another pole position on Friday as he took top spot for race one of the FIA European Formula 3 Championship round at the Autodromo Nazionale de Monza.

The Swedish driver took his fifth official pole position of the season (he lost two further pole positions at Silverstone due to a technical infringement) with a best time of 1m43.766s, which was 0.183s faster than his Prema Powerteam team-mate Jake Dennis.

Dennis will drop five places on the grid however following the post-race penalty received in the previous round in Pau for causing a collision, so Santino Ferrucci will start of the front row for the first time in his European Formula 3 career in the leading Mücke Motorsport machine, with the young American the only other driver other than the two Prema drivers to get beneath 1m44s during the session.

Alexander Albon was fourth quickest in the session for Signature, ahead of Raoul Hyman of Team West-Tec F3, while Lance Stroll of Prema Powerteam will share the third row of the grid with Mücke Motorsport’s Mikkel Jensen.

Dennis will start seventh after his penalty alongside championship leader Antonio Giovinazzi, with the Jagonya Ayam with Carlin driver set to have his work cut out for him if he wants to continue his 100% record of finishing on the podium this season.

George Russell was ninth quickest for Carlin ahead of Charles Leclerc of Van Amersfoort Racing, who will be disappointed to be only tenth.

Two other drivers will take grid penalties in Monza, with Signature’s Dorian Boccolacci taking the final ten-place penalty for an engine change that unfortunately happened during the Pau weekend, while Alessio Lorandi of Van Amersfoort Racing will drop ten places in all three races this weekend for the same reason.

Monza Race 1 Qualifying Times

11Felix RosenqvistSWEPrema Powerteam1m43.766s
22Jake DennisGBRPrema Powerteam1m43.949s
35Santino FerrucciUSAMucke Motorsport1m43.970s
421Alexander AlbonTHASignature1m44.027s
538Raoul HymanRSATeam West-Tec F31m44.052s
625Lance StrollCANPrema Powerteam1m44.174s
727Mikkel JensenDENMucke Motorsport1m44.201s
83Antonio GiovinazziITAJagonya Ayam with Carlin1m44.204s
910George RussellGBRCarlin1m44.259s
107Charles LeclercMONVan Amersfoort Racing1m44.269s
1112Pietro FittipaldiBRZFortec Motorsports1m44.328s
1224Brandon MaisanoFRAPrema Powerteam1m44.340s
1329Arjun MainiINDVan Amersfoort Racing1m44.411s
1419Matt SolomonHKGDouble R Racing1m44.453s
1534Markus PommerGERMotopark1m44.466s
1626Ryan TveterUSAJagonya Ayam with Carlin1m44.470s
1723Sergio Sette CamaraBRZMotopark1m44.485s
188Alessio LorandiITAVan Amersfoort Racing1m44.561s
1928Maximilian GuntherGERMucke Motorsport1m44.585s
2030Callum IlottGBRCarlin1m44.748s
2117Julio MorenoECUThreebond with T-Sport1m44.749s
2215Artur JanoszPOLEuroInternational1m44.750s
2320Dorian BoccolacciFRASignature1m44.777s
244Gustavo MenezesUSAJagonya Ayam with Carlin1m44.844s
256Michele BerettaITAMucke Motorsport1m44.867s
2636Sam MacLeodGBRMotopark1m44.884s
2735Kang LingCHNMucke Motorsport1m44.944s
2814Matt RaoGBRFortec Motorsports1m44.952s
2911Fabian SchillerGERTeam West-Tec F31m45.020s
3018Nicolas PohlerGERDouble R Racing1m45.108s
319Tatiana CalderonCOLCarlin1m45.140s
3231Hongwei CaoCHNFortec Motorsports1m45.273s
3322Nabil JeffriMAYMotopark1m45.339s
3416Facu RegaliaARGEuroInternational1m45.357s
3533Mahaveer RaghunathanINDMotopark1m45.426s