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Posted by: newsla on May 02, 2014 - 03:42 PM
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Giovinazzi The Pace Setter In Germany


Antonio Giovinazzi has started his weekend in the best possible way after finishing both FIA Formula Three European free practice sessions as the fastest man on track in Hockenheim, Germany. Tom Blomqvist and Sean Geleal added to a strong team showing on track finishing in third and 11th respectively during the first 40 minute session. The second session was a slightly more subdued affair initially and saw Blomqvist finish in fifth while Gelael was 13th. Giovinazzi however made sure to make his mark during both sessions and left the track with the time to beat as the drivers now prepare for qualifying later this afternoon.

 

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The Jagonya Ayam with Carlin drivers took to a dry circuit today for the first of two free practice sessions which, as usual, were separated by a quick five minute break before track action resumed. The first session saw the Jagonya Ayam with Carlin drivers make a steady start as they got up to speed on track in what was the first opportunity to get their cars on circuit in Hockenheim.

As the lights went green all three drivers were quick to place a time on the board and get up to speed. Blomqvist was the first of the three men to make a mark and jumped up to second overall in the opening half of the session while Giovinazzi was lying in 11th overall and Gelael was running in 26th before the cars came in for a quick change of Hankook tyres.

As the drivers went out on another run Blomqvist was pushing hard and had moved up to fifth position before briefly dropping to sixth. However the British racer continued with his strong efforts throughout the remainder of the first practice session and ended third overall.

Gelael was also making solid progress on his latest run and had moved up to a strong ninth position however as the times dropped further in the final few minutes the Indonesian racer was to end up just outside the top ten in 11th.

Meanwhile Giovinazzi had been on a quick lap and was making his mark on the timing screens; moving up to fourth position with just over five minutes of the session remaining the Italian pushed even harder on his final laps and stole the top spot for his own. His lap time, a 1:34.019, would hold until the end ensuring that he would finish the session in the top position.

After a short five minute break, in which the drivers talked to their engineers and the mechanics refuelled the cars, the three Jagonya Ayam with Carlin drivers were back out on track for the second practice session. Giovinazzi continued where he had left off just minutes previously and was an early pacesetter, setting a top five time, while Blomqvist and Gelael remained just outside of the top 10 as the mid-way point approached.

With a quick change of tyres complete the three Volkswagen powered Dallara cars made their way back to the circuit for their final runs which as expected were quicker than the previous session. Giovinazzi was one of the first to make a serious move and was soon at the very top of the timing screens.

Giovinazzi remained relatively unchallenged throughout the remainder of the practice session and finished having set the fastest time as the flag fell. Reflecting on his session he said, ‘It was a very good session for me and the car felt perfect out on track so I’m really pleased with our efforts. We know we can do well in qualifying and we hope for three good races this weekend. Overall, I’d say that everything worked well and we head to qualifying in the best possible way.’

Blomqvist made his way up to third in the final minutes however was unlucky to fall to fifth as the session came to its conclusion. He said of practice, ‘We were there or there about throughout both sessions today so we know the car is looking good here. It’s fantastic that Antonio is quick because that gives us a good reference to work on as we head into qualifying. I think the track will continue to develop this afternoon as it was quite green when we started but I’m feeling good and looking forward to see what qualifying brings for the team.’

Gelael was also one of a number of drivers to make a strong improvement over the course of running. With almost every flying lap the young Indonesian improved and moved his way up to 13th overall. Gelael said, ‘The car felt really good for me and the chemistry was really there today. I feel I’ve improved driving in the car, the team worked hard too and I think the results are showing. We will continue to push ready for qualifying this afternoon.’

Qualifying gets underway 18.35 local time this afternoon.


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