Blomqvist Wins in Austria but Verstappen Penalised


Tom Blomqvist took his fourth win of the 2014 FIA European Formula 3 Championship season in race one at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.

The Briton, driving for the Jagonya Ayam with Carlin team, held off the challenge of his Italian team-mate Antonio Giovinazzi, but Van Amersfoort Racing’s Max Verstappen was handed a post-race five second penalty that saw him drop from third to fifth and hand his podium place to Jake Dennis of Carlin.

Blomqvist controlled the race throughout, only coming under attack from Giovinazzi when he made a small mistake on the ninth lap, but the Briton repelled the Italian and went onto win by 4.089s.

It was a crazy start to the race for Verstappen after colliding with Championship leader Esteban Ocon at the first corner that saw the Prema Powerteam driver spin to the back of the field. Stewards deemed that no penalty should be applied for that incident. The penalty applied to the Dutchman was for being deemed to have overtaken Ocon’s Prema team-mate Antonio Fuoco while off the track at turn two, thus gaining an illegal advantage.

Dennis and Felix Rosenqvist of Mucke Motorsport were embroiled in an almost race long battle for what would ultimately become third place, with the Briton making the decisive move on the Swede with seven laps to go.

Fuoco would end up sixth, holding off Gustavo Menezes of Van Amersfoort Racing and Jordan King of Carlin for most of the race, with Menezes finishing on the Ferrari Driver Academy driver’s tail, while King lost time on the final lap and dropped to ninth behind Prema Powerteam’s Dennis van de Laar.

Lucas Auer took the final point for Mucke Motorsport after taking a five-place grid penalty from his Moscow Raceway clash with King. Nicholas Latifi was running in the top ten early in the race before a spin, before ultimately clashing with Van Amersfoort Racing’s Jules Szymkowiak that resulted in both drivers retiring. Latifi will go into tomorrow’s second race of the weekend with a five-place grid penalty as a result of the incident.

Championship leader Ocon could only recover to thirteenth after his first lap spin, but will be buoyed by the penalty handed to Verstappen as it lessens the point’s gain the Dutchman would have received.

Red Bull Ring Race 1 Result

POS DRIVER NAT TEAM TIME/Laps
1 Tom Blomqvist GBR Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 34m22.248s
2 Antonio Giovinazzi ITA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin +4.089s
3 Jake Dennis GBR Carlin +11.750s
4 Felix Rosenqvist SWE Mucke Motorsport +13.187s
5* Max Verstappen NED Van Amersfoort Racing +13.671s
6 Antonio Fuoco ITA Prema Powerteam +15.652s
7 Gustavo Menezes USA Van Amersfoort Racing +16.416s
8 Dennis van de Laar NED Prema Powerteam +20.375s
9 Jordan King GBR Carlin +20.970s
10 Lucas Auer AUT Mucke Motorsport +21.531s
11 Roy Nissany ISR Mucke Motorsport +27.718s
12 Sean Galael INO Jagonya Ayam with Carlin +28.487s
13 Esteban Ocon FRA Prema Powerteam +29.038s
14 Felix Serralles PUE Team West-Tec F3 +31.778s
15 Tatiana Calderon COL Jo Zeller Racing +32.554s
16 Hector Hurst GBR Team West-Tec F3 +43.387s
17 Alexander Toril ESP ThreeBond with T-Sport +43.788s
18 Sandro Zeller SWI Jo Zeller Racing +46.608s
19 Alfonso Celis Jr MEX Fortec Motorsports +46.950s
20 John Bryant-Meisner SWE Fortec Motorsports +49.174s
21 Richard Goddard AUS ThreeBond with T-Sport +53.067s
22 Michele Beretta ITA EuroInternational +1m05.641s
RET Santino Ferrucci USA EuroInternational 19 Laps
N/C Ed Jones UAE Carlin +7 Laps
RET Nicholas Latifi CAN Prema Powerteam 14 Laps
RET Jules Szymkowiak NED Van Amersfoort Racing 13 Laps

*5 Second Penalty*