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May 04, 2014 - 03:54 PM
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Giovinazzi Storms To The Podium
Posted by: newsla on May 04, 2014 - 03:47 PM
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Giovinazzi Storms To The Podium


Antonio Giovinazzi drove a flawless race this morning to claim a second place podium finish in the fifth race of the 2014 FIA Formula Three European Championship. The Italian racer had clear air ahead of him off the line and moved up to second where he remained until the end. Team mate Blomqvist, who had been the dominant force in yesterday’s qualifying session picked a multitude of cars off as he came home in fourth. Gelael was unlucky to get tapped into a spin early on which ruined his race and saw him finish in 20th. The drivers now have just a few short hours before the third and final race of the weekend gets underway in Hockenheim, Germany.

 

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The drama unfolded before the race had even started when pole sitter Max Verstappen pulled to the side of the track before even arriving in his grid slot. Unable to start from his position the gap on the grid gave Giovinazzi the perfect run into the first corner. The Italian racer tried to make the most of it however Esteban Ocon, who also had clear air ahead, had matched his start and claimed the lead. Giovinazzi briefly fought with Ed Jones in the sister Carlin car however made sure to claim second position for his own.

Having dominantly taken a double pole position yesterday afternoon, but later been penalised for an engine change, Blomqvist started the race from 11th on the grid with a lot of work ahead in the 35 minute race. Off the line and over the opening laps Blomqvist made sure to play it safe and let the race come to him.

Meanwhile it was a different turn of events for Gelael who found himself in the wars in the opening laps when Spike Goddard left him no room as they entered the hairpin. Goddard turned sharply in on Gelael and tapped him in to the spin – as a result the Indonesian fell back through the grid finding he now had a lot of work to do to recover.

As the race continued Blomqvist began to make his move and start his progression through the field. Over the next few laps the Jagonya Ayam with Carlin racer overtook Jake Dennis, Felix Rosenqvist and Nicholas Latifi on his way to fifth position before a safety car came out in the final stages. Unable to continue his progress as the safety car returned to the pits Blomqvist was happy to take the flag in fifth.

However at the front Giovinazzi had been quickly catching race leader Esteban Ocon at a rate of knots and although he was all over the back of him at times he was unable to make the move and eventually came home to take a fantastic second place podium for the Jagonya Ayam with Carlin team.

Sadly for Gelael his earlier woes left him with too much work to do, despite this he was able to recover and gain places and took the flag in 20th overall.

Giovinazzi said of his podium, ‘I’m so pleased to be on the podium after a tough race yesterday. It’s so nice to have the chance to show the pace that we’ve had all weekend. I focused on the start and although it looked as though I was faster than Esteban [Ocon] I wasn’t able to take the position. However I couldn’t be happier with the car and with the team – our aim now is to do the same again this afternoon.’


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