Felix Rosenqvist survived four safety car interventions and the race-long attention of Alexander Albon to secure his thirteenth victory of his championship-winning FIA European Formula 3 Championship season at Hockenheim on Sunday.
The Swede jumped into the lead at the start as pole-sitting Prema Powerteam team-mate Jake Dennis gambled on wet weather tyres on a damp track, with Signature driver Albon moving from fifth on the grid into second.
Despite Albon’s best efforts, Rosenqvist maintained his lead until the chequered flag, with the race ending behind the fourth of the safety car appearances following debris on the circuit left by Santino Ferrucci’s broken front wing after the American collided with one of his rivals.
Championship runner-up Antonio Giovinazzi secured the final place on the podium for Jagonya Ayam with Carlin after taking advantage of a small mistake by Hitech Grand Prix’s Alexander Sims to take the position as the Briton attacked Albon for second.
Callum Ilott claimed fifth for Carlin ahead of Prema Powerteam’s Maximilian Günther, while Dennis moved back up to seventh at the chequered flag after making a pit stop to remove his wet weather tyres and switch to dries. This also enabled the Briton to claim third place in the championship ahead of Charles Leclerc, who could only finish twenty-first after also gambling on wet tyres at the start.
Mikkel Jensen secured eighth for Mücke Motorsport despite having the end flap of his front wing damaged early in the race, while team-mate Michele Beretta finally broke into the top ten, finishing ninth.
Tatiana Calderon crossed the line in tenth for Carlin but was handed a post-race penalty for spinning Alessio Lorandi of Van Amersfoort Racing at the Spitzkehre just as the final safety car was brought out, promoting Raoul Hyman into the points for Team West-Tec F3.
The first of the four safety cars was caused by a collision between Nicolas Pohler and Pietro Fittipaldi that left the Fortec Motorsports driver stranded on track, while a clash between George Russell and Matt Rao caused the second.
A collision between Wing Chung Chang and Nabil Jeffri brought the safety car out a third time before Ferrucci’s debris caused the final one.
Hockenheim Race 3 Result
|1||1||Felix Rosenqvist||SWE||Prema Powerteam||35m27.859s|
|3||3||Antonio Giovinazzi||ITA||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||+0.862s|
|4||39||Alexander Sims||GBR||Hitech GP||+1.050s|
|6||24||Maximilian Gunther||GER||Prema Powerteam||+2.615s|
|7||2||Jake Dennis||GBR||Prema Powerteam||+2.991s|
|8||27||Mikkel Jensen||DEN||Mucke Motorsport||+4.825s|
|9||6||Michele Beretta||ITA||Mucke Motorsport||+5.634s|
|10||38||Raoul Hyman||RSA||Team West-Tec F3||+7.289s|
|11||23||Sergio Sette Camara||BRZ||Motopark||+8.645s|
|12||8||Alessio Lorandi||ITA||Van Amersfoort Racing||+9.092s|
|13||4||Gustavo Menezes||USA||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||+10.267s|
|14||19||Matt Solomon||HKG||Double R Racing||+10.430s|
|15||18||Nicolas Pohler||GER||Double R Racing||+11.549s|
|16||17||Julio Moreno||ECU||Threebond with T-Sport||+13.158s|
|17||29||Arjun Maini||IND||Van Amersfoort Racing||+14.507s|
|18||14||Matt Rao||GBR||Fortec Motorsports||+14.812s|
|19||32||Zhi Cong Li||CHN||Fortec Motorsports||+16.006s|
|20||31||Wing Chung Chang||CHN||Fortec Motorsports||+16.678s|
|21||7||Charles Leclerc||MON||Van Amersfoort Racing||+18.371s|
|RET||5||Santino Ferrucci||USA||Mucke Motorsport||Retired|
|RET||40||Harald Schelegelmilch||LAT||ArtLine Engineering||Retired|
|RET||25||Lance Stroll||CAN||Prema Powerteam||Retired|
|RET||41||Marvin Dienst||GER||ArtLine Engineering||Retired|
|RET||12||Pietro Fittipaldi||BRZ||Fortec Motorsports||Retired|
|RET||26||Ryan Tveter||USA||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||Retired|