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Giovinazzi Qualifies On The Front Row
Posted by: newsla on May 03, 2014 - 06:13 AM
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Giovinazzi Qualifies On The Front Row


Antonio Giovinazzi will start from the front row of the grid, in second, following a tightly fought and strong qualifying from the Jagonya Ayam with Carlin team in the FIA Formula Three European Championship first qualifying session of the weekend. Team mate Tom Blomqvist will line up tomorrow morning in sixth while Sean Gelael will start from 23rd on the grid. Giovinazzi continued his strong form from earlier and was once again one of the drivers to beat around the German circuit.

 

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Jagonya Ayam with Carlin enjoyed two strong practice sessions earlier today in which Giovinazzi set the quickest time. The Italian was lit up and seemed to be thoroughly enjoying the challenges that the Hockenheimring had to offer him when it came to qualifying ahead of the first race of the weekend.

Very few cars took to the track in the opening minutes however when the field began to make their move it was a case of the times dropping at a pace. Gelael made sure to get an early benchmark time in and moved his Volkswagen powered Dallara car up into fifth position in the early minutes. However Giovinazzi and Blomqvist seemed content to wait before setting their flying laps and with ten minutes of the session complete there were very few times on the board.

When Blomqvist took his chance he made it pay and moved himself up from 13th to first before coming under pressure from those around him as the times fell further. Giovinazzi was one of those to challenge; the Jagonya Ayam with Carlin driver pushed and knocked Blomqvist from the top.

Gelael meanwhile had been continuing his progress throughout the day and was pushing hard to gain positions on the field. However the Indonesian racer ran out of time and will start the first race of the weekend from 23rd where he will make sure to fight for positions in a style similar to that he displayed at Silverstone last time out.

At the front Giovinazzi was still holding the top spot however his time was just beaten a couple of minutes from the end by Lucas Auer – which as a result will mean that the Jagonya Ayam with Carlin driver will start the first race of the weekend on the front row in second. Blomqvist remained a consistent driver throughout the qualifying session and will line up in fifth position overall.

Giovinazzi said of his front row start, ‘Today has been a really good and strong day for me and for the team. We knew from this morning that the car had pace and that we would be able to do something here. I was on provisional pole until three minutes from the end so although it’s a shame to lose that I’m very happy with lining up second. Tomorrow, we aim to get off the line quickly, focus and see what happens.’

The first race of the weekend will commence at 12.10 local time.

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