Cassidy second in Nurburgring Euro F3 race behind Rosenqvist

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Felix Rosenqvist took a giant stride towards the Formula 3 European Championship title with a lights-to-flag win in the first race of the weekend at the Nurburgring.

The Swede got a good launch in his Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes to lead team-mate and fellow front-row man Nick Cassidy into the first corner, and controlled the race all the way.

Rosenqvist was a second to the good after two laps and gradually extended the advantage to win by 6.5s.

“I was just focusing on the start, because that’s 90 per cent of the race here,” said Rosenqvist.

“My start was really perfect – I think it was one of my best. I just had a feel for the car, tried to get a gap and then just maintained it.”

Far from thinking of mounting an attack on Rosenqvist, Cassidy instead had to keep a wary eye on Callum Ilott, the 16-year-old Brit taking his first F3 podium in his Red Bull-backed Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen.

Ilott appeared to be gaining with a few laps to go, but New Zealander Cassidy was able to keep him at arm’s length for the remainder of the race.

Ilott had staved off an attack from Charles Leclerc over the opening corners, but from then on Leclerc seriously lacked pace due to a damaged front wing on his Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara-VW.

A train of cars built up behind the Monegasque, as this group left a yawning chasm of half a minute to the leading trio by the finish.

But, other than a couple of wide moments at Turn 1, Leclerc rarely looked under serious threat of losing the position, with a strong defensive drive.

Mikkel Jensen (Mucke Motorsport) was the man boxed up behind Leclerc, with Motopark runner Markus Pommer in turn on his tail.

Behind them, Santino Ferrucci – thanks to a great first lap from the seventh row – was able to fend off an attack from Arjun Maini for seventh, while Lance Stroll and Antonio Giovinazzi completed the top 10.

Giovinazzi and Jake Dennis both lost out in the scramble to the first corner – Dennis clipped Ilott, damaging his front wing and forcing him into the pits, while Giovinazzi ran wide as a result of the bunching to his inside to fall initially down to 12th.

The upshot is that Rosenqvist now holds a 58.5-point lead over Giovinazzi, with 125 left on the table; Leclerc is 66.5 behind and Dennis 94 adrift.

Grid-penalised George Russell’s bid to scramble into the points was hampered by a determined defensive drive from Gustavo Menezes, which in turn led to an attack from Raoul Hyman.

Alexander Albon managed to vault ahead of all of them to scythe the gap to 11th-placed Sergio Sette Camara, with Russell in his wheeltracks at the flag.

RESULTS – 25 LAPS:

PosDriverTeamCarGap
1Felix RosenqvistPrema PowerteamDallara/Mercedes34m07.623s
2Nick CassidyPrema PowerteamDallara/Mercedes6.491s
3Callum IlottCarlinDallara/Volkswagen7.764s
4Charles LeclercVan Amersfoort RacingDallara/Volkswagen36.405s
5Mikkel JensenKFZTeile24 Mucke MotorsportDallara/Mercedes36.525s
6Markus PommerMotoparkDallara/Volkswagen36.992s
7Santino FerrucciKFZTeile24 Mucke MotorsportDallara/Mercedes37.860s
8Arjun MainiVan Amersfoort RacingDallara/Volkswagen38.337s
9Lance StrollPrema PowerteamDallara/Mercedes38.878s
10Antonio GiovinazziJagonya Ayam with CarlinDallara/Volkswagen39.326s
11Sergio Sette CamaraMotoparkDallara/Volkswagen42.423s
12Alexander AlbonSignatureDallara/Volkswagen43.019s
13George RussellCarlinDallara/Volkswagen43.391s
14Gustavo MenezesJagonya Ayam with CarlinDallara/Volkswagen48.009s
15Pietro FittipaldiFortec MotorsportsDallara/Mercedes48.650s
16Raoul HymanTeam West-Tec F3Dallara/Mercedes50.497s
17Nabil JeffriMotoparkDallara/Volkswagen51.408s
18Felix SerrallesKFZTeile24 Mucke MotorsportDallara/Mercedes52.835s
19Alessio LorandiVan Amersfoort RacingDallara/Volkswagen53.331s
20Tatiana CalderonCarlinDallara/Volkswagen55.800s
21Dorian BoccolacciSignatureDallara/Volkswagen56.324s
22Matt RaoFortec MotorsportsDallara/Mercedes1m00.815s
23Sam MacLeodMotoparkDallara/Volkswagen1m02.272s
24Ryan TveterJagonya Ayam with CarlinDallara/Volkswagen1m02.638s
25Michele BerettaKFZTeile24 Mucke MotorsportDallara/Mercedes1m03.046s
26Andy ChangFortec MotorsportsDallara/Mercedes1m03.739s
27Zhi Cong LiFortec MotorsportsDallara/Mercedes1m05.029s
28Matt SolomonDouble R RacingDallara/Mercedes1m05.895s
29Julio MorenoThreeBond with T-SportDallara/NBE1m06.825s
30Mahaveer RaghunathanMotoparkDallara/Volkswagen1m16.701s
31Nicolas PohlerDouble R RacingDallara/Mercedes1m19.712s
32Harald SchlegelmilchArtLine EngineeringARTTech/NBE1 Lap
Jake DennisPrema PowerteamDallara/MercedesRetirement

Cassidy second in Nurburgring Euro F3 race behind Rosenqvist

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