04/08/14

All Podium weekend for Blomqvist at the Red Bull Ring

A fantastic weekend which saw Tom Blomqvist hit the podium three times, as he took on the eighth event of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. After finishing in first place for race 1 of the weekend, Blomqvist managed to take the podium two more times, with races 2 and 3, coming in 2nd place. Fellow Jagonya Ayam Carlin team-mate Antonio Giovinazzi took first place for the final race. 

After the great win for Blomqvist on the Saturday, the second race began on Sunday morning with Blomqvist on the front row of the grid beside pole position team mate Giovinazzi.  Giovinazzi got a good start off the line and kept his first place position but unfortunately, Blomqvist lost the battle for second to Antonio Fuoco and had to settle for third by the end of lap

As the trio lead the race, it was all action for fellow competitors Jordan King and Max Verstappen who made contact causing King in the sister Carlin car to spin, resulting in deployment of the safety car. Shortly after the restart, the safety car had to make a second appearance as Dennis van de Laar took a spin. After this restart, the gap left by Giovinazzi behind the safety car was greater than regulations allow and he was therefore given a drive-through penalty, however he did not come in as instructed and was given a 20 seconds time penalty; a decision which had serious consequences for his race. As a result, Fuoco took the win for race 2, with Blomqvist now coming in 2nd place. 

Blomqvist said, “I feel really sorry for my team-mate Antonio Giovinazzi, because he was quick and would have deserved this success. My start wasn’t perfect and when I was between Lucas Auer and Antonio Fuoco in the second corner, Antonio was able to overtake me. I was left without a chance.”

The third and final race of the weekend took place on Sunday afternoon. Blomqvist was second on the grid again alongside Giovinazzi and after a great start, beat his team mate to turn 1 to take the lead but Giovinazzi fought hard to regain the position and once back at the front, proved difficult to pass and Blomqvist had to settle for second. 

Felix Rosenqvist retired early on from the race as he spun into the gravel trap. A safety car was then brought out on lap 3, after a collision which ended the race for Alexander Toril. After the restart Blomqvist was still behind Giovinazzi, and it stayed the same way up until the end. Giovinazzi took first place while Blomqvist came behind in second. Yet another podium finish for the 20-year-old Brit this weekend.


Overjoyed with the weekend events, Blomqvist said, “Our team Jagonya Ayam with Carlin has done a tremendous job, we secured first and second place. Antonio showed a perfect performance, he has deserved this win. For me, things went really well and I am very happy with our performance.”

Tom Blomqvist will next be seen from the 15th of August, at the Nurburgring in Germany for the 9th round of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship.