Click to view our fantastic subscription offers

Instant access to the F1 paddock

You have 10 views remaining

You have read 5 stories this month. After 15, you will need to register or subscribe.

Register with us for free to view 60 stories a month.

Or subscribe to AUTOSPORT+ for unlimited news stories and access to our exclusive subscriber-only content.

Our commitment to quality journalism

We've introduced metered access to AUTOSPORT which will ensure that the majority of our visitors can continue to view the site for free. But we think that is worth a small investment from those who use it most, so that we can continue to send the leading experts in their field to motor racing paddocks all over the world to break the latest news and produce the most compelling interviews and race reports.

Every visitor gets 15 free page views per month. Once you reach the limit you can register to get 60 views or choose one of our value-for-money subscription packages to continue viewing and to get additional access to a range of features including:

  • Unlimited access to AUTOSPORT with news and views from the paddock
  • Enjoy AUTOSPORT+: subscriber-only analysis, comment and top-quality pictures
  • Get AUTOSPORT magazine in a digital format on your computer or iPad every week
  • Full access to FORIX - the world's best motorsport statistics website

We greatly appreciate your continued support to keep AUTOSPORT at the forefront of motorsport coverage, and we look forward to welcoming you as a new subscriber.


Glenn Freeman
AUTOSPORT.com Editor

autosport.com
Search:
Find out more about our subscriptions
  AUTOSPORT+ LOGIN AUTOSPORT Plus  
Username:
Password:
F3 NEWS 

Pau Euro F3: Tom Blomqvist beats Esteban Ocon in race two epic

Tom Blomqvist denied Esteban Ocon in a thrilling second race of the Formula 3 European Championship weekend at Pau.

Blomqvist, who started the wet race fourth on the grid, was gifted second place by accidents ahead, and then made the most of a late safety car to squeeze past Ocon in a brave round-the-outside move in the flat-out left-hand kink leading into Parc Beaumont.

Ocon, who had dominated the weekend, led the race after the safety-car start, but Felix Rosenqvist began reeling him in after the Lotus F1 Junior inflicted slight damage to his car on the kerb at the final chicane. The Swede attacked the Frenchman on the uphill climb to the Pont Oscar hairpin on the 14th lap, jinking to the outside, but he tripped over the early-braking Ocon's right-rear wheel and crashed into the barriers.

Two laps earlier, Max Verstappen had spun backwards into the tyre wall at the exit of the Foch chicane after running in third place, elevating Blomqvist to second.

Ocon's Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes was clearly struggling after the contact with Rosenqvist and, with Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen stablemate Jake Dennis breathing down his neck, Blomqvist began closing the gap.

A safety car, caused when Ed Jones hit the barriers entering Parc Beaumont, put Blomqvist right onto Ocon's tail, and just two laps remained when the race went green.

Ocon made an excellent restart, but Blomqvist was all over him through Pont Oscar and the following Lycee hairpin before making his move.

From then on, Ocon had to do a stout defending job to keep Dennis, Antonio Giovinazzi and Dennis van de Laar at bay, but held on to claim second place.

Blomqvist, for whom this was the second win since he was picked up for this season by the Indonesian Jagonya Ayam scheme, said: "It was quite difficult and there wasn't too much grip. I was struggling a little bit compared to Felix and Esteban.

"I heard on the radio that Esteban was struggling, but it was pretty difficult to get by because there isn't much room around here."

A chain-reaction incident behind the leading quintet after the restart ended with Mitch Gilbert taking sixth place - without a front wing.

Nicholas Latifi, who had stormed up the order from 14th on the grid, passed Gilbert at the restart for sixth. Half a lap later the Canadian was in the barriers, while Jordan King and Antonio Fuoco stalled in the drama and could not restart.

Meanwhile, John Bryant-Meisner, Riccardo Agostini, Gustavo Menezes and Michele Beretta were all delayed and incurred varying amounts of damage.

Lucas Auer and Felix Serralles crept through the mayhem to seventh and eighth, while Roy Nissany and Hector Hurst found themselves elevated into the final points positions, having been 17th and 16th respectively when the race restarted.

Results - 22 laps:

Pos  Driver              Team/Car                         Time/Gap
 1.  Tom Blomqvist       Carlin Dallara-VW              35m36.291s
 2.  Esteban Ocon        Prema Dallara-Merc                +4.551s
 3.  Jake Dennis         Carlin Dallara-VW                 +4.652s
 4.  Antonio Giovinazzi  Carlin Dallara-VW                 +4.910s
 5.  Dennis Van de Laar  Prema Dallara-Merc                +5.419s
 6.  Mitchell Gilbert    Fortec Dallara-Merc               +9.334s
 7.  Lucas Auer          Mucke Dallara-Merc                +9.601s
 8.  Felix Serralles     West-Tec Dallara-Merc            +10.089s
 9.  Roy Nissany         Mucke Dallara-Merc               +16.847s
10.  Hector Hurst        West-Tec Dallara-Merc            +18.577s
11.  Jon Bryant-Meisner  Fortec Dallara-Merc              +20.202s
12.  Michele Beretta     Eurointernational Dallara-Merc   +30.469s
13.  Gustavo Menezes     Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW        +34.013s
14.  Riccardo Agostini   Eurointernational Dallara-Merc   +34.637s
15.  Felipe Guimaraes    Double R Dallara-Merc              +1 lap
16.  Alexander Toril     T-Sport Dallara-NBE                +1 lap
17.  Nicholas Latifi     Prema Dallara-Merc                +2 laps
18.  Jordan King         Carlin Dallara-VW                 +2 laps
19.  Antonio Fuoco       Prema Dallara-Merc                +2 laps

Retirements:

     Edward Jones        Carlin Dallara-VW                 16 laps
     Tatiana Calderon    Jo Zeller Dallara-Merc            15 laps
     Jules Szymkowiak    Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW         15 laps
     Felix Rosenqvist    Mucke Dallara-Merc                13 laps
     Sean Gelael         Carlin Dallara-VW                 13 laps
     Max Verstappen      Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW         11 laps
     Richard Goddard     T-Sport Dallara-NBE                7 laps
Subs
  More news  
    advertisement
  RELATED LINKS
Read the AUTOSPORT Digital Edition
Visit the autosport.com shop
See highlights from 60 years of AUTOSPORT
  FOLLOW AUTOSPORT ON
FOLLOW AUTOSPORT ON TWITTER
Breaking news feed
Live commentary feed
  RELATED STORIES
Rosenqvist cruises to victory at Pau
Ocon completes Pau pole sweep
Ocon wins eventful Pau F3 opener
Ocon wins epic Verstappen pole fight
Ocon beats Verstappen in F3 practice
Haymarket