Blomqvist reflects on shortest win of his career at the Norisring in Germany
PUBLISHED: 10:57 17 July 2013 | UPDATED: 10:57 17 July 2013
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SAVOURING the sweet taste of victory was short-lived for Tom Blomqvist at the weekend after a raft of driver penalties were imposed and later revoked in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship.
Having finished eighth in race one at the Norisring in Germany, the 19-year-old Saffron Walden driver was handed the win when stewards punished those in front of him for not slowing sufficiently under yellow flags.
Blomqvist reacted with shock at hearing the news, saying: “I’m not sure if this is some kind of joke...This is a joke, no?
“There were quite a few yellow flags out. You can see they’ve been strict in the past. This can’t be real. I finished eighth...” when told he was the winner at the post-race press conference.
Hours later, however, three of the drivers had their penalties reversed, while Swede Felix Rosenqvist, racing under appeal due to a fuel issue arising from post-qualifying scrutineering, was later reinstated in the results.
It meant Blomqvist was classified fifth when the dust settled.
“It was totally bizarre,” he told the Reporter. “To be given the victory having finished eighth was a bit strange and it never really felt real. But to then be told I hadn’t won was slightly gutting because you’ve been given false hope.”
In race two, the Red Bull Junior driver finished seventh – gaining one place from his starting position – before heading into the final event having qualified fourth on the grid.
Despite setting off in pursuit of Dunmow’s Alex Lynn ahead of him, Blomqvist was later forced to defend from fellow Brit Alexander Sims and Austria’s Lucas Auer. He held on to fourth as the chequered flag fell – consolidating sixth spot in the championship standings with 122.5 points.
Joining the Eurointernational racer last weekend was New Zealand race ace Nick Cassidy. The 18-year-old, who grew up racing Blomqvist in go-karts, had a promising start to life on the European circuit.
He finished the three races 16th, 11th and 11th. Speaking about his new team-mate, Blomqvist said: “We’ve been best buds since we were eight years old and used to race together in go-karts. He is very highly rated and hasn’t really been given an opportunity in Europe until now.
“It’s great for us as a team because me and Nick can push each other on between now and the end of the season. We’ll have double the amount of data to analyse to make improvements to the cars and hopefully we can win some races by the end of the year.”
He added: “I’ve won a race every other year in my career, so it would be nice to get one to boost my chances of stepping up to the next level in the future.”
The drivers return to Germany on August 16-18 as the championship heads to the Nürburgring for round seven.
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