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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!”

F3 EC

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

Guest driver Daniil Kvyat surprises with pole position…

Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) claimed two of the three pole positions for the three races of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship at the 4.574 kilometres long Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg. Thus, the Italian got himself into a good position to further extend his lead in the drivers’ standings. Alex Lynn (Prema Powerteam) will be starting next to him in the first race. Tom Blomqvist (Eurointernational) is second on the grid for the second race. In second qualifying, Daniil Kvyat (Carlin) came to the fore in the final second. The guest driver demoted his team-mate Jordan King (Carlin) to second. 

Starting grid for race 1
Raffaele Marciello (1:33.623 minutes) was involved in a thrilling battle for first place with Lucas Auer (Prema Powerteam, 1:33.776 minutes), Sven Müller (ma-con, 1:33.974 minutes) and Alex Lynn (1:33.745 minutes). Eventually, the Italian came out on top. The protégé of the Ferrari Driver Academy and the current FIA Formula 3 European Championship points’ leader was 0.122 seconds faster than his team-mate Alex Lynn. Lucas Auer scored another success for the Prema Powerteam by finishing third. Tom Blomqvist (1:33.832 minutes), Félix Serrallés (Fortec Motorsports, 1:33.841 minutes) and Sven Müller rounded out the first six positions.

Starting grid for race 2
In the ranking for the second-fastest laps, Raffaele Marciello (1:33.685 minutes) also came out on top. The 18-year old ended up ahead of Tom Blomqvist (1:33.938 minutes), who was second. For the driver of the Red Bull Junior Team and his team Eurointernational, this is the best qualifying result to date in the 2013 FIA Formula 3 European Championship season. Lucas Auer (1:34.015 minutes) repeated third place from Félix Serrallés (1:34.040 minutes), Sven Müller (1:34.094 minutes) and Josh Hill (Fortec Motorsports, 1:34.214 minutes). 

Starting grid for race 3
In second qualifying, the starting grid positions for the third race were determined. Daniil Kvyat (1:33.367 minutes) only toppled Jordan King (1:33.418 minutes) fron first place in the final stages. Thus, the Russian is the first guest driver to claim a fastest qualifying time in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. With Kvyat and King, two Carlin drivers are on the front row of the grid on Sunday. After an excursion by Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport, 1:33.536 minutes), qualifying was interrupted for a while. Although he wasn’t able to take part anymore in the final six minutes, he kept his fourth place from Lucas Auer (1:33.486 minutes) until the end. Félix Serrallés (1:33.574 minutes) and Alex Lynn (1:33.583 minutes) followed in fifth and sixth place. 

Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam)
“In first qualifying, the car was great and I am happy with my two pole positions. In the second part, however, I had some problems with my car and therefore, it didn’t go so well anymore. That is a pity, but when I win the two races in which I am starting from pole, I have scored a lot of points, too.”

Daniil Kvyat (Carlin)
“Being on pole position for my maiden Formula 3 race is really great and a special feeling. I am very happy. My lap was mega. I am especially happy that I have beaten some drivers who already have been in Formula 3 for three years. I am feeling really well and everything fits well.

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Maiden Euro Series’ victory for William Buller

William Buller (Carlin) celebrated a premiere at the 4.326 kilometres long Red Bull Ring in the Austrian province of Styria: for the first time, he won a Formula 3 Euro Series race. The Brit was followed home by Michael Lewis (Prema Powerteam) and Tom Blomqvist (ma-con Motorsport). For Blomqvist, who contests his first season in the Euro Series, it was his maiden podium finish. In the drivers’ standings, Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam), who finished ninth in the eighth round of the season, remains in the lead with a total of 99 points.

While William Buller led the field from lights to flag, there were hard position fights in the midfield. From second down to tenth place, the young drivers frequently attacked each other and provided first-class entertainment for the spectators. Eventually, American driver Michael Lewis defended his second place, which he had already taken at the start. Tom Blomqvist also brought third place home, finishing ahead of the best-placed rookie Sven Müller (Prema Powerteam) and guest driver Jazeman Jaafar (Carlin).

William Buller (Carlin): “I am very happy to have won this race. I was able to benefit from my pole position and take the lead right away. Since the race meeting at Brands Hatch a fortnight ago, when the Prema Powerteam’s cars were superior to ours, we have improved and now, we will go on from here.”

Michael Lewis (Prema Powerteam): “Of course, I would rather have won, but there are also a lot of valuable points for finishing second. Just after the start, I had almost overtaken Will Buller, but I was on the outside in the first corner and I stayed second. After that, I was particularly careful not to be too fast when the yellow flags were out, because I certainly didn’t want to risk a penalty.”

Tom Blomqvist (ma-con Motorsport): “So far, the weekend at Red Bull Ring has been going well. We decided to compete in the Euro Series at a very late stage and therefore hardly had any time to prepare prior to the season opener at Hockenheim. Considering all that, a podium finish here is a great result. We have all been working hard to achieve this.

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Formula 3 Euro Series back in the UK

Following a one-year break, the Formula 3 Euro Series is going to return to Brands Hatch, this weekend. The races held at the 1.929-kilometre Indy circuit of the former Formula 1 venue located south of London will be contested by 18 Formula 3 vehicles, including the one of the current Formula 3 Euro Series Championship leader Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam). The fourth, fifth and sixth races of the Euro Series season – with rounds four and six also being a part of the FIA European Formula 3 Championship – can be followed live with English commentary via the live-stream coverage at the official Formula 3 Euro Series website.

While Juncadella would love to extend his championship lead, Carlos Sainz (Carlin), the currently second-placed driver, will try hard to close the gap to his compatriot. Sainz’ team, Carlin, has fond memory of Brands Hatch: three years ago, the circuit located not far from the team headquarters was the venue of the only Carlin win in the Euro Series to date – courtesy of Brendon Hartley. Meanwhile, Juncadella also can look back on a Brands Hatch success: in 2011, as Euro Series rookie, he secured a podium.

In addition to the regular Formula 3 Euro Series entrants, there will be four guest drivers contesting the 2012 season’s only Euro Series event on British soil: the two Britons Harry Tincknell (Carlin) and Geoff Uhrhane (Double R Racing) as well as Jazeman Jaafar (Carlin) and Fahmi Ilyas (Double R Racing) from Malaysia.

Tom Blomqvist (ma-con Motorsport): “I’m looking forward to my home event in England. I have fond memories of the short Brands Hatch circuit as I succeeded in securing my British Formula Renault 2.0 title there, in 2010. And I’m particularly delighted as my grandpa will make the trip from New Zealand to Brands Hatch to attend the race weekend. He is a kind of my lucky charm. Whenever he witnesses me racing on site, things are running particularly well, for me.”

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Photo: Tom Blomqvist

Tom Blomqvist. Quick & Confident

Tom Blomqvist burst upon the racing scene last year taking the title in the very competitive Michelin Formula Renault UK series. The 16-year old son of Stig, of Audi Quattro and world rally championship fame, grew up racing karts in New Zealand.

Call him the next Super Swede or Quick Kiwi, one thing is for sure, we will be seeing his name in the top tier of results frequently. F1weekly would like to thank him for taking the time to answer our questions. We wish him all the best in his racing career.

Q: Congratulations on winning the Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship. What were your expectations before the season started?

A: Thank you. I had high expectations coming into the championship after some strong winter testing times and the way the pre-season testing went. My main ambition was to win the championship.

Q: Three wins and 12 podiums, what was the most memorable race?

A: To be honest my most memorable race was probably the first race of the season at Thruxton. It was raining and I was starting second. I had a collision on the first lap and I was in last place. I managed to work my way up to 5th place by the end of the race. It was definitely my most exciting race. I don’t think I passed that many cars for the rest of the season combined.


Photo: Tom Blomqvist

Q: You took the championship lead in the penultimate round at Silverstone; was there a moment during the season where you had given up the title hunt to play safe and finish in the top three?

A: I had never given up the championship hunt but there was a stage where we were considering another year in Formula Renault UK. But I continued to work hard and so did the team and in the end we got the result we deserved.

Q: Before the Brands Hatch season finale you and Lewis Williamson were tied on points; did you experience extra butterflies before and during the race?

A: Before the weekend I was quite confident but not over confident as I knew Lewis was quick around Brands and the Manor car worked well there. I was confident I could out-qualify him though and around that track it is near impossible to pass. Fortunately for me I put it on the front row for both races but I certainly felt a little bit more tension before the final race. That was only going to be normal for a championship decider.

Q: How much did you develop as a racing driver by working with Fortec team, a very successful operation headed by ex-F3 driver Richard Dutton?

A: It was a tough year as we were probably on the back foot at the start of the season. I had to fight and push extra hard and that definitely helped when it came down to a head to head fight at the final round of the season. I learnt a lot last year and I will continue to learn and try to develop into a top driver.

Q: You have raced in Sweden and New Zealand how is the level of competition in these places compared to jolly olde England?

A: I’ve never actually raced cars in New Zealand only karts, but racing in England is different there are a lot more good drivers who can be quick and win whereas in Sweden and New Zealand there is only a select few.

Q: You raced at Macau last year in Formula BMW Pacific and placed an impressive third; how was that deal with Euro International put together, and your impression of the Guia circuit?

A: Well really the whole idea of competing in that race was to learn the circuit for the coming season in Formula 3. That track was pretty wicked, I have never seen anything like it and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I can’t wait to get back out there in a Formula 3 car.


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Q: Papa “Stig” was very successful in rallying, why did you choose single-seater racing as a career move?

A: It just felt like the natural step for me after having a career in karts. I never had the desire to be a rally driver like my father and although I have had a go in one I don’t think I will step away from the race track any day soon.

Q: What is the best motorsports advice you have received from your dad?

A: He’s quite a chilled out guy and doesn’t say a lot. Although he is always willing to help he doesn’t bother me too much and lets me get on with myself. I’m always open to his suggestions and advice.

Q: How much is he involved in guiding and managing your career at this stage?

A: He plays a background role. He’s involved but he’s not involved in the day to day running of my career. He has a lot of contacts in the sport so he still plays an important role and I’m extremely appreciative of that.

Q: How long were you in karting and what were the highlights of your karting career?

A: I raced karts for six years, my first meeting was at the end of 2002 and I stopped prior to moving up to Europe in 2009. My highlights were in my JICA days and I managed to win a few titles during the season.

Q: In winter months you are planning to do some driving on frozen lakes in Sweden how is this coming along and what can you learn from this which can be applied to single-seater racing?

A: I love skidding around on the ice, its great fun and a good tool to develop car control. Driving on ice is completely different to driving on a race track in a single-seater. But that single-seater is not glued to the track and it does move around and you have to be able to control that to be confident and quick. Practicing car control can only help me to develop more.

Q: Are you are stepping into British Formula 3 this season; how much change will there be in your physical training.

A: I’ll be stepping into Formula 3, I can’t tell you exactly which championship yet. I have had to alter my training a little. The car is more physical to drive than a Formula Renault especially on the neck and arms which has been my focus over the break. I want to be most prepared so that I can focus entirely on driving the car.

Q: Do you follow American racing series like Indy Cars or NASCAR?

A: I follow Indy car and NASCAR but I don’t watch every race as I didn’t get it on the channels I had at home last year, but I always read the write ups in the weekly Autosport. My goal is Formula 1 but I have definitely considered racing in the States.

Q: Please tell us about Tom Blomqvist away from racing; your interest in music, food and what other sports you enjoy apart from racing?

A: I’m quite chilled to be honest but I certainly love my music and food. I’m a big fan of Italian; I think every race driver loves Italian food to be fair. I love my training and I always make time for it as I know how important it is to be physically strong enough to drive and it’s only going to get harder as I move up the ladder. I love getting out on my road bike; generally the weather is perfect for it down here in New Zealand over summer.

For more information on this rising star please visit www.tomblomqvist.com

— Nasir Hameed

Racing and rallying regards.