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Points And Heartbreak In Budapest
Posted by: newsla on Jun 01, 2014 - 01:55 PM
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Points And Heartbreak In Budapest

It was a morning of mixed emotions for the Jagonya Ayam with Carlin drivers around the Hungaroring with Tom Blomqvist and Antonio Giovinazzi taking points away from the second race of the weekend however a drive through penalty ruined Sean Gelael’s race. The second race of the FIA Formula Three European Championship weekend saw a relatively uneventful 21 laps of on-track action with most positions decided off the line and as a result of multiple drive through penalties.


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Following the second qualifying session yesterday afternoon Blomqvist lined up sixth on the grid, Giovinazzi was seventh and Gelael 18th as the second race of the weekend got underway. Off the line there were few changes however it was apparent that a jump start for other drivers would soon change the order. With these penalised immediately, Blomqvist and Giovinazzi moved back up to their starting places in their Volkswagen powered Dallara cars.

Gelael meanwhile had gained positions over the course of the opening lap and was up to 15th position. Having gained multiple places and finishing in the points on Saturday morning the young Indonesian was keen to replicate this. However he ran wide at the mid-point of the race and lost a few positions - despite this he recovered well to continue with his racing.

Over the course of the 21 laps there were very few position changes occurring through overtaking on track – changes mainly occurred when drive through penalties, this time for not respecting track limits, were handed down to a variety of drivers. Sadly Gelael was one of these to suffer in the latter stages of the race; when he had completed his penalty he was running down in 21st.

Meanwhile Blomqvist and Giovinazzi had been enjoying an incident free race with little pressure from those around them. They both benefited from a drive through penalty which was handed down to Max Verstappen which moved them up the grid. As a result, when the chequered flag fell Blomqvist was fifth and Giovinazzi sixth – both claiming more strong championship points. Unfortunately Gelael ran out of time and was unable to progress following his difficult race and came home in 21st overall.

Speaking of his race Blomqvist said, ‘Off the start I picked a decent line through the first few corners but found that I was stuck behind Max [Verstappen] and the guys ahead got away from us. However I got a bit lucky when he was handed a drive through penalty so I gained a position from there. I was able to catch but couldn’t overtake ahead. Overall it’s good to get some more points from today.’

Giovinazzi added, ‘It was an ok race for us today, we know we can improve and that we have the speed for the next race. We’ll have to see what happens but it’s good to consistently pick up points.’

Sean Gelael said, ‘Today was very frustrating for me. I had a good start off the line and was running in a group of cars however made a slight mistake and ran wide so I lost positions. After that I was given the drive through which was tough so we couldn’t really do anything from there. There’s another race this afternoon though so we’ll see what happens.’

The third and final race of the weekend will start 16.50 local time.

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