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“FIA F3: Double pole for Blomqvist”

October 17, 2014

Blomqvist took double-pole at Hockenheim. © FIA F3 Media Service.

Blomqvist took double-pole at Hockenheim. © FIA F3 Media Service.

Jagonya Ayam with Carlin driver Tom Blomqvist struck back at rival Max Verstappen when he claimed the final two pole positions of the FIA European F3 season this evening.

Blomqvist, who is battling Verstappen for the runner-up spot in the championship, destroyed the opposition with two laps in the 1’31s range – the only driver to do so today.

Blomqvist’s initial run – a 1:31.987s – had already set the Anglo-Kiwi almost three-tenths ahead of his nearest rival and teammate Antonio Giovinazzi, but a spectacular late effort scrubbed another 0.170s from that time.

It marked a good session too for Giovinazzi who backed up his 2nd place start for Race 2, with a 4th place qualifying for Race 3, while Mücke’s Lucas Auer collected a 3rd (Race 2) and a 2nd (Race 3).
With the end of a tough season approaching, Felix Rosenqvist showed some metal by twice qualifying in the top five, surrounded either way by Jordan King. Series champion Esteban Ocon twice secured 6th, while Prema Powerteam teammate Antonio Fuoco nabbed two 7th’s.

The surprise of the session was Zeller/Mücke racer Tatiana Calderon who recorded the 8th best time for Race 2 and will line-up just ahead of Max Verstappen.
Indeed in an unusual scene, Verstappen will also start from 8th in Rcae 3 – a stark contrast to the earlier qualifying session, where the van Amersfoort driver took pole.

The session was briefly red flagged when Roy Nissany spun off in the final sequence of corners, only for the Israelite to rejoin under his own steam once the qualifying had been neutralised.

2014 FIA European F3 Championship (Rd 11, Grid Race 2)
Pos Driver              Team/Engine                 Time/Gap
 1. Tom Blomqvist       Jagonya Ayam Carlin-VW      1:31.817
 2. Antonio Giovinazzi  Jagonya Ayam Carlin-VW        +0.335
 3. Lucas Auer          Mucke-Merc                    +0.428
 4. Jordan King         Carlin-VW                     +0.586
 5. Felix Rosenqvist    Mucke-Merc                    +0.597
 6. Esteban Ocon        Prema Powerteam-Merc          +0.605 
 7. Antonio Fuoco       Powerteam-Merc                +0.616
 8. Tatiana Calderon    Zeller/Mucke-Merc             +0.937
 9. Max Verstappen      van Amersfoort-VW             +1.015
10. Sean Gelael         Jagonya Ayam Carlin-VW        +1.023
11. Roy Nissany         Mucke-Merc                    +1.105
12. Gustavo Menezes     van Amersfoort-VW             +1.133
13. Dennis van de Laar  Powerteam-Merc                +1.183
14. Ed Jones            Carlin-VW                     +1.222
15. Felix Serralles     Team West-Tec-Merc            +1.360 
16. Santino Ferrucci    Fortec-Merc                   +1.504
17. Jules Szymkowiak    van Amersfoort-VW             +1.574
18. Jake Dennis         Carlin-VW                     +1.655
19. Spike Goddard       T-Sport-NBE                   +2.073
20. Alexander Toril     T-Sport-NBE                   +2.077
21. Stefano Coletti     EuroInternational-Merc        +2.211 
22. Michele Beretta     EuroInternational-Merc        +2.545
23. Sandro Zeller       Zeller –Merc                  +2.580
24. Andy Chang          Team West-Tec-Merc            +2.631
25. Nick Cassidy        T-Sport-NBE                {no time}



2014 FIA European F3 Championship (Rd 11, Grid Race 3)
Pos Driver              Team/Engine                 Time/Gap
 1. Tom Blomqvist       Jagonya Ayam Carlin-VW      1:31.987
 2. Lucas Auer          Mucke-Merc                    +0.299
 3. Felix Rosenqvist    Mucke-Merc                    +0.442
 4. Antonio Giovinazzi  Jagonya Ayam Carlin-VW        +0.558
 5. Jordan King         Carlin-VW                     +0.682
 6. Esteban Ocon        Prema Powerteam-Merc          +0.723 
 7. Antonio Fuoco       Powerteam-Merc                +0.776
 8. Max Verstappen      van Amersfoort-VW             +0.859
 9. Sean Gelael         Jagonya Ayam Carlin-VW        +0.861
10. Gustavo Menezes     van Amersfoort-VW             +1.126
11. Ed Jones            Carlin-VW                     +1.214
12. Roy Nissany         Mucke-Merc                    +1.343
13. Felix Serralles     Team West-Tec-Merc            +1.346 
14. Dennis van de Laar  Powerteam-Merc                +1.369
15. Jules Szymkowiak    van Amersfoort-VW             +1.405
16. Tatiana Calderon    Zeller/Mucke-Merc             +1.469
17. Santino Ferrucci    Fortec-Merc                   +1.526
18. Jake Dennis         Carlin-VW                     +1.640
19. Spike Goddard       T-Sport-NBE                   +1.962
20. Alexander Toril     T-Sport-NBE                   +2.025
21. Stefano Coletti     EuroInternational-Merc        +2.101 
22. Andy Chang          Team West-Tec-Merc            +2.563
23. Michele Beretta     EuroInternational-Merc        +2.571
24. Sandro Zeller       Zeller –Merc                  +2.576
25. Nick Cassidy        T-Sport-NBE                {no time}
© FIA F3 Media Service.

© FIA F3 Media Service.

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