Hungaroring European F3: Tom Blomqvist charges to race one win
|By Andrew van Leeuwen||Saturday, May 31st 2014, 10:01 GMT|
Tom Blomqvist took a commanding win in the first Formula 3 European Championship race of the weekend at the Hungaroring.
The Carlin driver took over the lead from polesitter Esteban Ocon on the run down to the first corner, and while Ocon was able to shadow Blomqvist for the first half a dozen laps, the Briton put in a series of quick laps mid-way through the race to stretch the gap out to more than five seconds.
That proved to be sufficient to produce a comfortable win, the final margin back to second-placed Ocon being 4.8 seconds at the finish.
Felix Rosenqvist finished third after a quiet race, having inherited the final spot on the podium from Max Verstappen six laps into proceedings when the Dutchman was sidelined with a mechanical problem.
Rosenqvist's Mucke team-mate Lucas Auer did make a late play for third, closing to within a second several laps from the end, but Rosenqvist was able to manage the gap and keep the Austrian off the podium.
Jordan King finished fifth for Carlin, ahead of Jules Szymkowiak, who recorded his best finish in European F3 by some margin.
However, Szymkowiak did have some help in the latter stages when Antonio Fuoco and Gustavo Menezes, who had been running sixth and seventh respectively, were handed drive-through penalties for exceeding track limits.
Fuoco, who made a poor getaway from fourth on the grid, wound up having to take two trips down the pitlane, picking up a second penalty for crossing the white line when re-joining the track after serving the first and finished 19th.
Felix Serralles and Dennis van de Laar also benefited from Fuoco and Menezes being penalised, finishing seventh and eighth, while Mitchell Gilbert and Sean Gelael rounded out the points-paying positions.
Jake Dennis, meanwhile, finished 11th, just one position short of scoring a point after starting at the back of the grid thanks to a driveshaft failure in Friday's qualifying session.
Follow the second Hungaroring Euro F3 qualifying session as it happens on AUTOSPORT Race Centre Live from approximately 3:15pm UK time on Saturday
Results - 21 laps: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Tom Blomqvist Carlin Dallara-VW 2. Esteban Ocon Prema Dallara-Mercedes +4.897s 3. Felix Rosenqvist Mucke Dallara-Mercedes +13.180s 4. Lucas Auer Mucke Dallara-Mercedes +14.517s 5. Jordan King Carlin Dallara-VW +17.592s 6. Jules Szymkowiak Van Amersfoot Dallara-VW +34.332s 7. Felix Serralles West-Tec Dallara Mercedes +36.090s 8. Dennis van de Laar Prema Dallara-Mercedes +39.033s 9. Mitch Gilbert Fortec Dallara-Mercedes +42.057s 10. Sean Gelael Carlin Dallara-VW +42.765s 11. Jake Dennis Carlin Dallara-VW +43.241s 12. Alexander Toril T-Sport Dallara-NBE +44.817s 13. Felipe Guimares Double R Dallara-Mercedes +46.140s 14. John Bryant-Meisner 0Fortec Dallara-Mercedes +49.346s 15. Roy Nissany Mucke Dallara-Mercedes +49.986s 16. Spike Goddard T-Sport Dallara-NBE +51.521s 17. Gustavo Menezes Van Amersfoot Dallara-VW +55.888s 18. Hector Hurst West-Tec Dallara Mercedes +1m05.790s 19. Antonio Fuoco Prema Dallara-Mercedes +1m06.397s 20. Tatiana Calderon Zeller Dallara-Mercedes +1m19.632s 21. Sandro Zeller Zeller Dallara-Mercedes +1m24.898s 22. Nicholas Latifi Prema Dallara-Mercedes +1m35.591s 23. Antonio Giovinazzi Carlin Dallara-VW +2 laps Retirements: Max Verstappen Van Amersfoot Dallara-VW 6 laps Michele Beretta EuroInternational Dallara-Mercedes 0 laps