Nurburgring hat trick secures Rosenqvist the title

Felix Rosenqvist finally achieved a unique Grand Slam in Formula 3 by securing the 2015 FIA European Formula 3 Championship title with victory in the third race of the Nurburgring weekend in Germany.

The Swede became the first driver to secure the title on top of winning the Macau Grand Prix, the Masters of F3 and the Grand Prix de Pau, and lead home a Prema Powerteam 1-2-3-4 in race three despite four safety car interruptions.

For Antonio Giovinazzi to have taken the battle to the final race weekend of the season, the Italian would have either have beaten or finished second to Rosenqvist, but an first lap pit stop for repairs ended his chances, having been collected by an errant Mikkel Jensen at the first corner, with the Mücke Motorsport driver out on the spot.

The four safety cars meant Giovinazzi was able to catch up the pack, but could do no better than thirteenth position, meaning the Jagonya Ayam with Carlin driver will have to fight Charles Leclerc and Jake Dennis for second place in the championship.

Behind Rosenqvist, Lance Stroll and Nick Cassidy completed the podium, and complete with Dennis’ fourth place meant Prema Powerteam locked out the top four places in the race.

Leclerc took his Van Amersfoort Racing entry to fifth, ahead of Markus Pommer of Motopark, with Santino Ferrucci completing a trio of seventh place finishes this weekend in Germany for Mücke Motorsport.

Callum Ilott took eighth for Carlin ahead of Sergio Sette Camara of Motopark, who enjoyed a good battle with George Russell of Carlin, who took the final point on offer.

The safety car was first deployed when Nicolas Pohler crashed his Double R Racing machine into Alessio Lorandi’s Van Amersfoort Racing, with the second to clear up a crash between Motopark’s Sam MacLeod and Fortec Motorsports’ Matt Rao.

The third safety car intervention was to recover Dorian Boccolacci’s stranded Signature car at the outside of turn one after he made a rash move on Ryan Tveter, who was lucky to keep going, while the fourth and final safety car was to clear up a crash between Lorandi and Tatiana Calderon of Carlin.

Nurburgring Race 3 Result

11Felix RosenqvistSWEPrema Powerteam35m25.406s
225Lance StrollCANPrema Powerteam+0.900s
324Nick CassidyNZLPrema Powerteam+1.663s
42Jake DennisGBRPrema Powerteam+2.418s
57Charles LeclercMONVan Amersfoort Racing+3.186s
634Markus PommerGERMotopark+3.718s
75Santino FerrucciUSAMucke Motorsport+4.377s
830Callum IlottGBRCarlin+5.257s
923Sergio Sette CamaraBRZMotopark+5.654s
1010George RussellGBRCarlin+6.473s
1121Alexander AlbonTHASignature+7.003s
1222Nabil JeffriMAYMotopark+8.394s
133Antonio GiovinazziITAJagonya Ayam with Carlin+8.663s
144Gustavo MenezesUSAJagonya Ayam with Carlin+9.197s
1535Felix SerrallesPUEMucke Motorsport+9.593s
1629Arjun MainiINDVan Amersfoort Racing+10.608s
176Michele BerettaITAMucke Motorsport+10.614s
1812Pietro FittipaldiBRZFortec Motorsports+10.954s
1919Matt SolomonHKGDouble R Racing+11.320s
2032Zhi Cong LiCHNFortec Motorsports+12.003s
2126Ryan TveterUSAJagonya Ayam with Carlin+12.377s
2233Mahaveer RaghunathanINDMotopark+12.488s
2340Harald SchelegelmilchLATArtLine Engineering+13.281s
RET8Alessio LorandiITAVan Amersfoort RacingRetired
RET9Tatiana CalderonCOLCarlinRetired
RET20Dorian BoccolacciFRASignatureRetired
RET38Raoul HymanRSATeam West-Tec F3Retired
RET36Sam MacLeodGBRMotoparkRetired
RET14Matt RaoGBRFortec MotorsportsRetired
RET18Nicolas PohlerGERDouble R RacingRetired
RET17Julio MorenoECUThreebond with T-SportRetired
RET27Mikkel JensenDENMucke MotorsportRetired
EXC31Wing Chung ChangCHNFortec MotorsportsExcluded