02/06/13

Red Bull Ring race for Blomqvist

After the tight confines of the Brands Indy circuit, Red Bull Juniors Tom Blomqvist and Daniil Kvyat are both looking forward to letting loose in their FIA Formula 3 European Championship Dallaras at the Red Bull Ring this weekend. It is races 13, 14 and 15 in the season and everyone has to figure out some way of stopping Raffaele Marciello's charge away at the head of the points table.

Blomqvist, the 19-year-old Briton, lies 6th in the table, well in touch with everyone other than the leading Italian. The EuroInternational driver knows that he is certainly capable of the results that will move him up the points and has been on the podium several times in Austria.

“I'm really looking forward to getting back there, I had some good results there last year so I am confident that we can be much closer to where we should be. It's a beautiful place, a great race track and it will be fun to drive the car there and see what it can do. Brands is such a tight, closed circuit that it was hard to say if we made any progress with the car there. The team have been working hard, we've had no chance to test but I think this will be a lot more enjoyable.”

A winner at the Ring - Blomqvist

He scored 5th, 3rd and 7th in the 2012 Euro F3 races and had a pair of wins driving for the EuroInternational team in German F3 at the Red Bull Ring so has serious expectations of himself despite the incredibly high level of competition in the FIA championship. “Of course it's going to be tough, it's a very competitive series but we have to deal with that and I'm looking forward to it very much.”

Naturally exceedingly competitive he can't wait for the opportunities that the Spielberg circuit presents compared with Kent. “The track offers a lot more passing places, turns 1, 2 and 3 especially. You've got to be a bit clever where and when you do the overtaking. If you do it in the wrong place you give them the chance to get back past again. So you have to be a bit smart about it and do it where you can get away so they don't have the chance to pass you again.”

“It is a bit like Hockenheim with the aerodynamics, you need the high performance through the corners but still have to get the drive out of the slower corners,” concludes Blomqvist.