Another dominant display from Formula 3 veteran Felix Rosenqvist saw him take his second victory of the day in race two at the Nurburgring and edge the Swedish driver closer to the championship on Saturday.
Rosenqvist survived an aborted start and two safety car periods to take the win, although main championship rival Antonio Giovinazzi claimed second after an opportunistic overtake on Lance Stroll on the second restart.
Jagonya Ayam with Carlin racer Giovinazzi had been on the tail of Stroll’s Prema Powerteam machine up until then, and passed the Canadian heading into the final corner on the restart, but was unable to get close to race winner Rosenqvist in another Prema entry.
Jake Dennis recovered from his poor opening race to claim fourth in a third Prema entry, although he is now mathematically out of contention for the championship.
Charles Leclerc remains in contention having finished fifth for Van Amersfoort Racing, although he needs to outscore Rosenqvist during Sunday’s final race to ensure he remains in the hunt heading to Hockenheim for the series finale next month.
Leclerc did confirm himself as the winner of the rookie championship with the result, although he will be disappointed to be so far back from Rosenqvist in the championship, especially after such a brilliant start to the season when he finished on the podium in eight of the first nine races.
The fourth and final Prema Powerteam entry of Nick Cassidy was sixth ahead of Santino Ferrucci of Mücke Motorsport, while George Russell of Carlin finished eighth after a good battle with team-mate Callum Ilott and Mücke Motorsport’s Mikkel Jensen, who claimed the final two places inside the top ten.
The first of the safety cars was called out for a clash between Alessio Lorandi of Van Amersfoort Racing and Nabil Jeffri of Motopark that left the Italian stranded just off the track with a broken suspension and the Malaysian driver down the order after a spin.
The second was to extract Gustavo Menezes’ Jagonya Ayam with Carlin machine from the turn one gravel trap after the American racer ran straight on heading into the corner, just avoiding the barrier.
Nurburgring Race 2 Result
|1||1||Felix Rosenqvist||SWE||Prema Powerteam||35m51.337s|
|2||3||Antonio Giovinazzi||ITA||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||+4.956s|
|3||25||Lance Stroll||CAN||Prema Powerteam||+9.153s|
|4||2||Jake Dennis||GBR||Prema Powerteam||+10.539s|
|5||7||Charles Leclerc||MON||Van Amersfoort Racing||+14.509s|
|6||24||Nick Cassidy||NZL||Prema Powerteam||+15.550s|
|7||5||Santino Ferrucci||USA||Mucke Motorsport||+16.551s|
|10||27||Mikkel Jensen||DEN||Mucke Motorsport||+18.813s|
|11||23||Sergio Sette Camara||BRZ||Motopark||+21.828s|
|12||29||Arjun Maini||IND||Van Amersfoort Racing||+22.328s|
|16||26||Ryan Tveter||USA||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||+27.186s|
|18||14||Matt Rao||GBR||Fortec Motorsports||+32.280s|
|19||38||Raoul Hyman||RSA||Team West-Tec F3||+34.265s|
|20||17||Julio Moreno||ECU||Threebond with T-Sport||+36.622s|
|23||32||Zhi Cong Li||CHN||Fortec Motorsports||+40.116s|
|24||6||Michele Beretta||ITA||Mucke Motorsport||+40.525s|
|25||18||Nicolas Pohler||GER||Double R Racing||+46.605s|
|27||40||Harald Schelegelmilch||LAT||ArtLine Engineering||+1 Lap|
|RET||19||Matt Solomon||HKG||Double R Racing||Retired|
|RET||4||Gustavo Menezes||USA||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||Retired|
|RET||31||Wing Chung Chang||CHN||Fortec Motorsports||Retired|
|RET||35||Felix Serralles||PUE||Mucke Motorsport||Retired|
|RET||8||Alessio Lorandi||ITA||Van Amersfoort Racing||Retired|
|RET||12||Pietro Fittipaldi||BRZ||Fortec Motorsports||Retired|