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Felix Rosenqvist wins – Charles Leclerc wraps up rookie title

26.09.15
Felix Rosenqvist (Prema Powerteam) also won the second FIA Formula 3 European Championship race at the Nürburgring sprint circuit.

The Swede won from Antonio Giovinazzi (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) and Lance Stroll (Prema Powerteam). With his eleventh win of the season, Rosenqvist extended his points’ lead in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship drivers’ standings on second-placed Antonio Giovinazzi to 65.5 points. Behind Jake Dennis (Prema Powerteam), Charles Leclerc (Van Amersfoort Racing) took the chequered flag in fifth place and thus wrapped up the rookie title with four races remaining.

Starting from pole position, Felix Rosenqvist took the lead from Lance Stroll and Antonio Giovinazzi. On lap two already, Félix Serrallés (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) and Pietro Fittipaldi (Fortec Motorsport) collided, after which both drivers headed into the pits. Three laps later, Alessio Lorandi (Van Amersfoort Racing) and Nabil Jeffri (Motopark) collided, as did Julio Moreno (ThreeBond with T-Sport) and Matt Solomon (Double R Racing). After that, race control sent the safety car out. Racing resumed on lap six, but only after a few metres, Gustavo Menezes (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) slid into the gravel trap at the first corner, which was the reason for the second safety car intervention. Rosenqvist also remained in the lead at the second restart, while Antonio Giovinazzi attacked Lance Stroll and overtook the Canadian for second place. With Rosenqvist ahead of Giovinazzi and Stroll, the top three crossed the finish line after 24 laps of racing.

Behind the trio on the podium, Jake Dennis, Charles Leclerc, Nick Cassidy (Prema Powerteam), Santino Ferrucci (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) and George Russell (Carlin) followed in fourth to eighth place. Due to an engine change, the Brit had to change his second place on the grid for twelfth position in accordance with the regulations, which already minimised his chances of a podium finish prior to the race. Callum Ilott (Carlin) and Mikkel Jensen (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) rounded out the top ten.

Felix Rosenqvist (Prema Powerteam): “From my point of view, the race was equally good as the first. I had a good start and a good first few laps. The two restarts were okay as well. Then, I pulled a gap, until my engineer told me on the radio that I could back off a bit.”

Antonio Giovinazzi (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin): “My start was good and I was able to overtake Jake Dennis in the first corner already. I had almost overtaken Lance as well, but he had a better exit of the corner and thus was able to defend his second place. At the restart, I concentrated on having a good exit from the final chicane. When Lance made a mistake at the second restart, I attacked. Now, I hope that I will perhaps be able to overtake Felix in tomorrow’s race to keep the battle for the title open. I know that it will be very difficult, but I won’t give up.”

Lance Stroll (Prema Powerteam): “Being on the podium again is nice. At the start, I was able to hold on to my second place, although Antonio was already attacking me. Then, I had the impression that I was able to keep up with Felix. Unfortunately, I made an error at the second restart, from which Antonio benefitted. After that, I managed to bring third place home.”

Race 2 Results