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FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 6, race 1, Norisring (D)

A turbulent race with Tom Blomqvist as a surprising winner-

Track: Norisring
Winner: Tom Blomqvist (Eurointernational)
Pole position: Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport)
Temperature air / track: 27.7 °C / 29.7 °C
Weather: sunny, warm

British driver Tom Blomqvist (Eurointernational) became the surprising winner of an action-packed 16th season round of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship at the 2.3 kilometres long Norisring. The son of former world rally champion Stig Blomqvist benefited from the fact that twelve drivers were given a 20 seconds’ time penalty after the race for not having sufficiently reduced their speed when the yellow flags were out. Harry Tincknell (Carlin) was classified second from André Rudersdorf (ma-con), who scored his maiden podium finish in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. In the drivers’ standings, Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam), who came fifth in the race, remains in the lead.

Raffaele Marciello took the lead at the start from Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport), who had started from pole position. As Rosenqvist raced under appeal due to a fuel sample after qualifying that didn’t comply with the regulations, he is not classified until the appeal has been dealt with. After 39 laps, Marciello still wasn’t able to celebrate his victory. Due to being too fast under yellow flags and the subsequent penalty, he was relegated from first to fifth place. For all drivers involved, the infringement would have resulted into a drive-through penalty, but as the penalties only occurred just before the end of the race, the drive-through penalties were converted into 20 seconds’ penalties. 

Alex Lynn (Prema Powerteam), Lucas Auer (Prema Powerteam), Félix Serrallés (Fortec Motorsports), Alexander Sims (ThreeBond with T-Sport) and Luis Felipe Derani (Fortec Motorsports), who initially finished scond to seventh, lost their positions due to the 20 seconds’ penalties. Not only race winner Blomqvist, Tincknell and Rudersdorf benefited from this, but also Eddie Cheever (Prema Powerteam), who was promoted to fourth, and Sandro Zeller (Jo Zeller Racing), who scored his first points in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. 

There were not only countless yellow flags, the safety car also had to be deployed twice in this race. Mitchell Gilbert (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) and Sean Gelael (Double R Racing) caused the first safety car intervention with a collision, the two lady racers Tatiana Calderón (Double R Racing) and Michela Cerruti (Romeo Ferraris) triggered the second safety car phase by another collision.

Tom Blomqvist (Eurointerntional) 
“For me, victory really comes as a surprise. I only was told that I had won the race after the prize-giving ceremony. Of course, I am happy with the points, although being declared as the winner in spite of not having been first across the line.”

Harry Tincknell (Carlin)
“For me, being up here is a huge surprise, too. As always at the Norisring, it was an action-packed race. Indeed there were many yellow flags and we were told about the correct behaviour under yellow during the drivers’ briefing. Therefore, I made sure that I really backed off when the yellow flags were out.”

André Rudersdorf (ma-con)
“Of course, my maiden podium finish in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship is great. With so many spectators and a great atmosphere, the Norisring is unique. In the race, I tried to avoid any big risks. That this is the result, is fantastic!”


FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 3, race 1, Hockenheim (D)

Raffaele Marciello dominates in the rain…

Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) was unbeatable in the seventh season round of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. The Italian, a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy, could even afford himself a spin at the rain-soaked 4.574 kilometres long Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg and still won with a margin of 14.834 seconds from Félix Serrallés (Fortec Motorsports). Tom Blomqvist (Eurointernational) was classified third. With his fourth season victory, Marciello extended his lead in the drivers’ standings to 57.5 points.

From pole position, Raffaele Marciello already took the lead at the start and returned from the first lap with a margin of over five seconds already. In the process, he also benefited from a spin from Lucas Auer (Prema Powerteam) in the first corner after the start, after which the Austrian dropped back to ninth. Second-placed Alex Lynn (Prema Powerteam) also spun on the opening lap and dropped to the back of the field. On the first lap already, Félix Serrallés emerged as the main rival of Marciello. That was not to change during the 19 laps of the race, the Fortec driver finished second in spite of pressure from Tom Blomqvist. 

Behind the drivers on the podium, Sven Müller (ma-con) ended up fourth in the rain race as the best-placed German in the 29-strong field. Halfway through the race, he overtook Harry Tincknell (Carlin) and safely brought fourth place home. For Müller, this was his best season result to date in his home race. Josh Hill (Fortec Motorsports) finished sixth ahead of Auer and Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport), who is still second in the drivers’ standings. William Buller (ThreeBond with T-Sport) and guest driver Daniil Kvyat (Carlin) rounded out the top ten. 

Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) 
“Personally, I don’t care whether I am driving in the rain or on a dry track. However, I think that our car is particularly good in the rain. I had a hairy moment when I spun at the first corner. I was lucky not to hit the wall and to continue without any problems. I have a pretty comfortable lead in the drivers’ standings, but the season is still long and nothing has been decided yet.”

Félix Serrallés (Fortec Motorsports)
“It was a good race and I am very happy with my maiden podium finish of this year. I reckon that we, as a new team in the series, first had to get used to the tyres. Now, we definitely are working into the right direction. Nevertheless, Raffaele was much too fast for me today.”

Tom Blomqvist (Eurointernational)
“I am happy with third place. Of course, I was slightly lucky as well that two drivers spun in front of me. After that, I think that I was slightly faster than Félix, but I didn’t find a way past.”