Felix Rosenqvist has taken an important stride forward in his fight for a maiden FIA European Formula 3 title after claiming victory in race two at Portimao and wrestling the championship lead from Antonio Giovinazzi.

The Prema Powerteam driver stamped his authority on the race by leading into the first turn and managed two safety car periods to record his eighth win of the year.

Coupled with Giovinazzi continuing to struggle at the Algarve circuit, the Swede was handed top spot in the drivers' championship after the Italian could only salvage eighth place.

It was another near-flawless race for Prema Powerteam who took a clean sweep of the podium places with race one winner Jake Dennis second and Lance Stroll in third.

Gustavo Menezes acted as the Prema trio's nearest competition to finish fourth with British driver George Russell rounding out the top five.

Pietro Fittipaldi continued his rise through the ranks with a solid sixth place finish ahead of top rookie Charles Leclerc, Giovinazzi and Mikkel Jensen, as Santino Ferrucci completed the points-paying positions.

Rosenqvist now holds a 13.5-point advantage in the championship standings over Giovinazzi with one race remaining at Portimao on Sunday.

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