F3 European Championship: Rosenqvist poleman at Nürburgring
The current leader of FIA Formula 3 European Championship Felix Rosenqvist (Prema Powerteam) scored his 14th, 15th and 16th pole position this season. In the first qualifying session he was fastest at 3.629-km long Nürburgring circuit, with a lap time of 1:21.126. George Russell (Carlin) was second quickest, 0.152 seconds behind Rosenqvist. Nick Cassidy (Prema Powerteam) and Callum Ilott (Carlin) will start from second row in the first race tomorrow at Nürburgring, in the penultimate round of the championship.
Jake Dennis (Prema Powerteam) and Charles Leclerc (Van Amersfoort Racing) secured fifth and sixth starting place, ahead of Antonio Giovinazzi (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin), who was Rosenqvist’s fiercest rival in the battle for the title. Rosenqvist has 378 points, Giovinazzi follows with 343,5 points and third placed Leclerc has 324,5 points. Fourth placed Jake Dennis has 69 points less than the leader, but with 150 points still in the game, he was also a candidate for the championship title.
Mikkel Jensen (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport), Markus Pommer (Motopark) and Sérgio Sette Câmara (Motopark) rounded out the first ten positions at the grid for the first race. Starting position for Race 2 will be slightly different, with Rosenqvist and Russell again in the first row, but Lance Stroll and Jake Dennis will share the second row. In the qualifying session for Race 3 Rosenqvist was the fastest again, ahead of teammate Lance Stroll.
FIA Formula 3 European Championship welcomed a new squad on its grid: Artline Engineering. Russians hired an experienced Latvian driver Harald Schlegelmilch and will race with their own chassis – the ARTTech P315 – that will be powered by a Neil Brown Engineering engine. At the Nürburgring, Puerto Rican driver Félix Serrallés (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) will make his F3 European Championship comeback, after a successful season in Indy Lights.