18/08/14

Double podium for Blomqvist at Nurburgring!

Another good weekend for Tom Blomqvist as he finishes the weekend with two podiums and a top five finish at the Nurburgring, Germany’s oldest circuit, as the FIA European Formula 3 championship continued.

On a rain-soaked track, the weekend’s first qualifying saw Blomqvist place 8th and as race one got underway, conditions were still wet but parts of the track were drying. Blomqvist managed to climb his way up to 5th position after dropping to 11th while running on slick tyres and starting on the wet side of the track before pushing back for a top five finish, with team mate Antonio Giovinazzi finishing on the podium in third.

Qualifying for races 2 and 3 was postponed until Sunday due to lengthy barrier repairs on the circuit. When qualifying finally got the green flag, Blomqvist managed to take double pole positions for both races 2 and 3. 

Blomqvist said after his qualifying, “To be honest, the track wasn’t that good this morning, it was quite slippery. In the car, I didn’t have the feeling that it could be enough to claim pole position. Therefore, it is all the more beautiful that I still managed to get two pole positions. I have only one goal for today’s two races: I want to win.”

Starting in pole position for race 2 of the weekend, Blomqvist bogged down off the start and was overtaken by Max Verstappen and teammate Antonio Giovinazzi. Blomqvist then battled for third position as Esteban Ocon applied pressure behind but Blomqvist kept his position. By lap 20, lead driver Verstappen suffered with engine failure which gave Giovinazzi the lead. When the chequered flag dropped Giovinazzi finished in first with Blomqvist behind in second for a strong team result.

Blomqvist said, “On one hand, I am happy with second place, because it brings many points. On the other hand it is also disappointing because I started from pole position and, of course, I wanted to win. The problem was my start which wasn’t good.”

For the final race of the weekend, Blomqvist was again in pole position for the start. However, there was contact at the first corner as Felix Rosenqvist tried to overtake on the inside of Blomqvist and bumped off the apex into Blomqvist’s car. Blomqvist was lucky as Rosenqvist was forced to pit for a wing replacement. A further incident involved championship leader Ocon, Giovinazzi and Nicholas Latifi coming together and were all forced out of the race along with Dennis van de Laar which brought out the safety car. 

Blomqvist had Lucas Auer on his tail from the beginning of the restart, taking the lead at the fourth turn. A few laps later Blomqvist battled for the lead, got past but ran deep, allowing Auer to continue his lead. This is how the final race ended, Auer took first and Blomqvist took to the podium again in second.  

Next for Blomqvist will be in October, as the FIA European F3 championship takes place in Italy at the Imola racetrack.