Rosenqvist dominates again at the Nurburgring

by Paul Hensby

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

11Felix RosenqvistSWEPrema Powerteam35m51.337s
23Antonio GiovinazziITAJagonya Ayam with Carlin+4.956s
325Lance StrollCANPrema Powerteam+9.153s
42Jake DennisGBRPrema Powerteam+10.539s
57Charles LeclercMONVan Amersfoort Racing+14.509s
624Nick CassidyNZLPrema Powerteam+15.550s
75Santino FerrucciUSAMucke Motorsport+16.551s
810George RussellGBRCarlin+16.964s
930Callum IlottGBRCarlin+17.954s
1027Mikkel JensenDENMucke Motorsport+18.813s
1123Sergio Sette CamaraBRZMotopark+21.828s
1229Arjun MainiINDVan Amersfoort Racing+22.328s
1334Markus PommerGERMotopark+22.929s
1421Alexander AlbonTHASignature+25.302s
159Tatiana CalderonCOLCarlin+26.680s
1626Ryan TveterUSAJagonya Ayam with Carlin+27.186s
1720Dorian BoccolacciFRASignature+28.069s
1814Matt RaoGBRFortec Motorsports+32.280s
1938Raoul HymanRSATeam West-Tec F3+34.265s
2017Julio MorenoECUThreebond with T-Sport+36.622s
2136Sam MacLeodGBRMotopark+37.030s
2222Nabil JeffriMAYMotopark+37.402s
2332Zhi Cong LiCHNFortec Motorsports+40.116s
246Michele BerettaITAMucke Motorsport+40.525s
2518Nicolas PohlerGERDouble R Racing+46.605s
2633Mahaveer RaghunathanINDMotopark+47.958s
2740Harald SchelegelmilchLATArtLine Engineering+1 Lap
RET19Matt SolomonHKGDouble R RacingRetired
RET4Gustavo MenezesUSAJagonya Ayam with CarlinRetired
RET31Wing Chung ChangCHNFortec MotorsportsRetired
RET35Felix SerrallesPUEMucke MotorsportRetired
RET8Alessio LorandiITAVan Amersfoort RacingRetired
RET12Pietro FittipaldiBRZFortec MotorsportsRetired

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