Red Bull junior Tom Blomqvist sets sights on more podiums after consistent start to season
PUBLISHED: 18:20 20 May 2013 | UPDATED: 15:36 22 May 2013
SAFFRON Walden’s Tom Blomqvist wants to build on his consistent start to the season by adopting a more aggressive mentality in his chase for further podium finishes.
The Red Bull Junior driver brought his Eurointernational car home in 6th in race one and two at Brands Hatch on Saturday before completing a solid points-scoring weekend with a 5th in the final event on Sunday.
“Two sixth places and a fifth has given me good points again but I want podiums and wins,” Blomqvist told the Reporter afterwards. “I was a bit more aggressive in the second race than I was in the first, when I got boxed in at the start, but it’s so difficult to overtake here unless someone makes a mistake.”
The weekend was dominated by the Italian Prema Powerteam, whose drivers locked out the front row of the grid and the podium spots for two of the three races.
Dunmow’s Alex Lynn had a hat-trick of pole positions and also collected his maiden victory of the season in the opening event, before championship leader Raffaelle Marciello demonstrated why he holds a convincing lead in the title race with wins in races two and three.
He was later disqualified from the final event after stewards found a technical infringement with his car and the victory handed to teammate Lucas Auer.
“Prema have been practically unbeatable here with their drivers finishing in the top three in each race and they’re the ones we need to catch,” Blomqvist added. “But I feel like we’re making progress and I got everything out of the car I could.
“I don’t think I’m a slower driver than them, I’ve just got to keep working hard and keep pushing.
“The team are doing a fantastic job and we are exceeding expectations, so you’ve got to be realistic at times. Prema have four cars, four engineers and four times the brain power because I’m the only driver for this team, but at the same we have set ourselves high expectations and we want to win.
“We go to the Red Bull Ring next, where I’ve had some good results, and then have some time to do a bit of testing and try out new parts in the wind tunnel – which we’ve not had a chance to do yet.”
Starting 7th in race one, Blomqvist was stuck behind fellow Brit Harry Tincknell for the entire race but moved up to 6th by virtue of Sven Muller’s retirement from 3rd.
A better start from the same spot in the second event meant the Red Bull protégé got the better of Tincknell into the first corner but that was as good as it got despite him running Felix Rosenqvist close for 5th.
Sunday’s race was littered with drive through penalties for speeding under yellow flags, while other incidents in front of him meant Blomqvist came home 6th once again after starting 11th on the grid. He was then moved up to 5th with Marciello’s disqualification.
It still leaves the Italian 77.5 points clear of Rosenqvist in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship – with Blomqvist 6th on 88.5 points. Next up the drivers head to the Red Bull Ring in Austria on the weekend of May 31-June 2.