“In Victory and Defeat”
Tom Blomqvist was the big winner of a subdued final weekend of the 2014 FIA European F3 Championship.
The 20-year-old ended his stint in the European Championship by securing 2nd in the title race ahead of future star Max Verstappen.
While the 17-year-old Max struck with a win in Race One, the Dutch teen’s efforts were hampered in Friday evening’s second qualifying session, dropping him to the lower reaches of the top ten for the final two races.
Blomqvist on the other hand took two poles and with a win in the second race, the job was almost done. There was still the matter of the finale and while Blomqvist fell behind Lucas Auer and Jordan King, Verstappen was nowhere near close enough to apply pressure.
It never felt like it mattered. Already crowned as champion, Esteban Ocon and his Prema Powerteam compatriots rarely featured, while Verstappen’s assured future in Formula One means his final position in the standings is irrelevant.
Blomqvist may have won the battle against Verstappen, but the “Son of Stig” has no set plans for 2015 and precious little money with which to bargain with, Blomqvist may find himself on the outside looking in, despite his successes.