Champion Rosenqvist tops Hockenheim free practice

Felix Rosenqvist was quickest in practice ahead of the final FIA European Formula 3 Championship round of 2015 at Hockenheim.

The Swede, already confirmed as the champion with three races of the season remaining, led the way in his Prema Powerteam entry in the second of the two twenty-minute sessions around a dull and drying Hockenheim circuit.

Rosenqvist set a time of 1m32.241s to take top spot, with team-mate Lance Stroll over four tenths of a second back in second position, while Charles Leclerc ended third for Van Amersfoort Racing.

Jake Dennis was fourth for Prema Powerteam ahead of Mikkel Jensen in the leading Mücke Motorsport entry, while the fourth and final Prema entry of German Maximilian Günther, making his first appearance for the team having earlier in the season racing for Mücke, was sixth.

George Russell was seventh for Carlin ahead of fellow Briton Alexander Sims, who is racing in the championship for only the second time in 2015 for Hitech GP, who are using this as another test event ahead of a full time entry next season having already competing with Sims in Portimao.

Signature driver Alexander Albon and Carlin’s Red Bull-backed Callum Ilott completed the top ten overall on the day, with drivers setting their best time in the second session.

Ilott had been quickest in the first session, but times were considerably slower, with his best time of 1m35.106s well down on the times seen in FP2. Leclerc ended second ahead of Motopark’s Sergio Sette Camara, with Antonio Giovinazzi of Jagonya Ayam with Carlin and Markus Pommer of Motopark completing the top five.

Giovinazzi caused a red flag during the second session when he spun his car at the Sachskurve, finding himself beached in the gravel trap as a result.

There were two additional driver changes ahead of the season finale, with Sam MacLeod and Mahaveer Raghunathan both leaving Motopark, with Thai driver Tanart Sathienthirakul, racing this season in the EuroFormula Open championship with Team West-Tec F3, replacing Raghunathan in the #33 entry.

Hockenheim Free Practice Result (Combined)

11Felix RosenqvistSWEPrema Powerteam1m36.868s1m32.241s
225Lance StrollCANPrema Powerteam1m35.689s1m32.646s
37Charles LeclercMONVan Amersfoort Racing1m35.149s1m32.669s
42Jake DennisGBRPrema Powerteam1m36.630s1m32.775s
527Mikkel JensenDENMucke Motorsport1m36.144s1m32.787s
624Maximilian GuntherGERPrema Powerteam1m36.022s1m32.810s
710George RussellGBRCarlin1m37.213s1m32.866s
839Alexander SimsGBRHitech GP1m35.604s1m32.893s
921Alexander AlbonTHASignature1m37.160s1m32.898s
1030Callum IlottGBRCarlin1m35.106s1m33.064s
114Gustavo MenezesUSAJagonya Ayam with Carlin1m36.390s1m33.253s
128Alessio LorandiITAVan Amersfoort Racing1m37.215s1m33.289s
1334Markus PommerGERMotopark1m35.348s1m33.313s
1429Arjun MainiINDVan Amersfoort Racing1m37.053s1m33.334s
1520Dorian BoccolacciFRASignature1m35.571s1m33.438s
1623Sergio Sette CamaraBRZMotopark1m35.259s1m33.543s
1722Nabil JeffriMAYMotopark1m37.172s1m33.635s
1826Ryan TveterUSAJagonya Ayam with Carlin1m37.471s1m33.715s
1938Raoul HymanRSATeam West-Tec F31m38.446s1m33.762s
2012Pietro FittipaldiBRZFortec Motorsports1m35.884s1m33.800s
219Tatiana CalderonCOLCarlin1m36.172s1m33.824s
225Santino FerrucciUSAMucke Motorsport1m41.404s1m33.909s
2314Matt RaoGBRFortec Motorsports1m38.379s1m33.949s
246Michele BerettaITAMucke Motorsport1m36.728s1m33.987s
2532Zhi Cong LiCHNFortec Motorsports1m38.723s1m34.251s
263Antonio GiovinazziITAJagonya Ayam with Carlin1m35.262s1m34.355s
2717Julio MorenoECUThreebond with T-Sport1m37.203s1m34.414s
2831Wing Chung ChangCHNFortec Motorsports1m38.808s1m34.468s
2919Matt SolomonHKGDouble R Racing1m37.878s1m34.727s
3018Nicolas PohlerGERDouble R Racing1m37.002s1m34.991s
3133Tanart SathienthirakulTHAMotopark1m39.222s1m35.004s
3240Harald SchelegelmilchLATArtLine Engineering1m40.482s1m35.588s
3341Marvin DienstGERArtLine Engineering1m39.807s1m37.619s