Rosenqvist secures victory in Nurburgring opener

Felix Rosenqvist moved closer to the FIA European Formula 3 Championship title as he dominated the opening race of the Nurburgring weekend on Saturday.

Prema Powerteam driver Rosenqvist got a near perfect start, and was untroubled throughout the race, beating team-mate Nick Cassidy to the flag by 6.491s.

Cassidy was initially challenged by Callum Ilott of Carlin, but the Briton settled for third behind the Kiwi driver, with both driver securing their maiden podium finishes in the series.

A long way back in fourth was Charles Leclerc, who held off a gaggle of cars throughout the race after suffering damage to his front wing earlier in the race, with the Van Amersfoort Racing driver holding back the challenge of Mücke Motorsport’s Mikkel Jensen and Motopark’s Markus Pommer until the flag.

Santino Ferrucci of Mücke Motorsport was also on the tail of Leclerc, finishing seventh after making a good start from outside the top ten, with Arjun Maini eighth for Van Amersfoort Racing.

Canadian Lance Stroll was ninth for Prema Powerteam ahead of Antonio Giovinazzi, who could only secure the solitary point on offer for tenth after fighting past Motopark’s Sergio Sette Camara earlier in the race. Giovinazzi’s tenth place coupled with Rosenqvist’s victory means the lead in the championship has extended to 58.5 points.

Jake Dennis had a disappointing race, with the Prema Powerteam retiring early after suffering damage on the opening lap to his front wing, and then pulling into the pits while running in thirty-third and last place.

Nurburgring Race 1 Result

11Felix RosenqvistSWEPrema Powerteam34m07.623s
224Nick CassidyNZLPrema Powerteam+6.491s
330Callum IlottGBRCarlin+7.764s
47Charles LeclercMONVan Amersfoort Racing+36.405s
527Mikkel JensenDENMucke Motorsport+36.525s
634Markus PommerGERMotopark+36.992s
75Santino FerrucciUSAMucke Motorsport+37.860s
829Arjun MainiINDVan Amersfoort Racing+38.337s
925Lance StrollCANPrema Powerteam+38.878s
103Antonio GiovinazziITAJagonya Ayam with Carlin+39.326s
1123Sergio Sette CamaraBRZMotopark+42.423s
1221Alexander AlbonTHASignature+43.019s
1310George RussellGBRCarlin+43.391s
144Gustavo MenezesUSAJagonya Ayam with Carlin+48.009s
1512Pietro FittipaldiBRZFortec Motorsports+48.650s
1638Raoul HymanRSATeam West-Tec F3+50.497s
1722Nabil JeffriMAYMotopark+51.408s
1835Felix SerrallesPUEMucke Motorsport+52.835s
198Alessio LorandiITAVan Amersfoort Racing+53.331s
209Tatiana CalderonCOLCarlin+55.800s
2120Dorian BoccolacciFRASignature+56.324s
2214Matt RaoGBRFortec Motorsports+1m00.815s
2336Sam MacLeodGBRMotopark+1m02.272s
2426Ryan TveterUSAJagonya Ayam with Carlin+1m02.638s
256Michele BerettaITAMucke Motorsport+1m03.046s
2631Wing Chung ChangCHNFortec Motorsports+1m03.739s
2732Zhi Cong LiCHNFortec Motorsports+1m05.029s
2819Matt SolomonHKGDouble R Racing+1m05.895s
2917Julio MorenoECUThreebond with T-Sport+1m06.825s
3033Mahaveer RaghunathanINDMotopark+1m16.701s
3118Nicolas PohlerGERDouble R Racing+1m19.712s
3240Harald SchelegelmilchLATArtLine Engineering+1 Lap
RET2Jake DennisGBRPrema PowerteamRetired