Teenager bags Macau podium and could be set for Formula One drive with Mclaren
PUBLISHED: 13:29 01 December 2010
TEENAGER Tom Blomqvist delivered another stellar performance by charging to a podium finish in a one-off appearance at the Macau round of the Formula BMW Pacific Championship.
Despite being compromised in qualifying and starting tenth, the 16-year-old followed up his 2010 championship success in Formula Renault UK by putting in a mature drive around the treacherous Guia Circuit.
The third place finish was capped off with a fastest lap which underlined his raw speed.
“Honestly, after qualifying I was quite upset as I really felt we should have been on pole. The number of crashes and yellow flags here in Macau is like nowhere else. It really messed up our quali,” said Blomqvist.
“That said, it is has been a really good learning curve and on Sunday we showed what we were capable of by coming through the pack. The circuit is really amazing and I cannot wait to come back.”
Blomqvist will now focus on an F3 testing programme in preparation for the 2011 season.
The Saffron Walden based driver is also waiting to see if he has been successful in the prestigious McLaren Autosport BRDC Award.
Should he win, he would become the youngest ever winner and collect not only £100,000 but also a Vodafone McLaren Mercedes F1 test.