Tom Blomqvist (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) got himself into a good position for the battle for second place in the final drivers’ standings. With two positions for season races 32 and 33 of the FIA Fórmula 3 European Championship, he was fastest in second qualifying of the weekend. His fiercest rival Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing), who has already signed a Fórmula 1 contract for next season, has to make do with ninth and eighth place on the grid. On the starting grid for the 32nd race of the season, Antonio Giovinazzi (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin), Lucas Auer (Mücke Motorsport) and Jordan King (Carlin) will follow behind Blomqvist. For the final race of the season at the 4.574 kilometres long Hockemnheimring Baden-Württemberg, Auer, Felix Rosenqvist (Mücke Motorsport) and Giovinazzi will follow behind the 20-year-old Brit. Next to Blomqvist and Verstappen, Auer also still has chances to claim runner-up spot in the championship. With Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam), the FIA Fórmula 3 European Champion has already been known for a week.
Starting grid race 2
Tom Blomqvist (1:31s817), who came to Hockenheim three points down on Max Verstappen, was already on top at the halfway point, but initially had to give up that position again. He dropped back to sixth place, but then started his final attack. First of all, the young Brit improved to third place and then moved up into the lead again. On his final lap, he improved once more and was delighted with his clear pole position. Antonio Giovinazzi (1:32s152) ensured that there are two drivers of the Jagonya Ayam with Carlin team on the front row of the grid for the 32nd race. Lucas Auer (1:32s245), Jordan King (1:32s403), Felix Rosenqvist (1:32s414) and the already-crowned FIA Fórmula 3 European Champion Esteban Ocon (1:32s422) were classified in third to sixth place.
Starting grid race 3
In the classification of the second-fastest laps, Tom Blomqvist (1:31s987) was unbeatable as well. Lucas Auer (1:32s286) claimed second place from Rosenqvist (1:32s429), Giovinazzi (1:32s545), King (1:32s669) and Ocon (1:32s710).
Tom Blomqvist (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin): “Qualifying was good. Prior to the red flags that came out after Nick Cassidy had crashed, it didn’t look too good, but at that time, I had only done one lap. However, I knew that I had the speed. My car was really good and I managed to do two very good laps towards the end of the session. Of course, I am happy with that. Now, I want to enjoy the final three races of the season and I want to have fun. I like Hockenheim and in the past, I was usually quick here”.
Photo: FIA F3 Euro Series