Rosenqvist heads Prema 1-2-3 to extend European F3 points lead

FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 9, race 2, Portimão (POR)

Felix Rosenqvist claimed his second win of the Algarve European Formula 3 Championship weekend to extend his points lead from title rival Antonio Giovinazzi.

The Swede converted pole and controlled an early safety car restart to score his ninth win of the campaign, leading home team-mates Jake Dennis and Lance Stroll for Prema’s second 1-2-3 finish of the weekend.

Rosenqvist started cleanly, leading away as Dennis jumped Stroll on the run down to Turn 1 on the opening lap, with the Ferrari Academy racer forced to defend third from Carlin’s George Russell.

Further down the field there was contact between Maximilian Gunther and Marcus Pommer, with the pair both eliminated on the spot, prompting an early safety car.

Rosenqvist nailed the restart to cruise home for the win, as Dennis and Stroll held station in second and third.

Russell, unable to keep pace with the leading trio of Prema cars, came home fourth ahead of Motopark’s Sergio Sette Camara.

Fortec’s Pietro Fittipladi continued his strong form from Saturday to cross the line in sixth, equalling his best finish of the season.

Charles Leclerc soaked up late pressure from Giovinazzi to beat the one-time points leader to seventh.

Series returnee Nick Cassidy recorded his first points finish of the weekend in ninth, while Dorian Boccolacci rounded out the top 10 for Signature.

Alexander Sims impressed, hauling the new Hitech GP entry from the back of the grid to finish 13th, narrowly outside the points.

Alexander Albon, who was excluded from qualifying on Friday, failed to repeat his heroics from race two, coming home well down the order in 24th.

Image courtesy of FIA Formula 3 European Championship

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