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Further Points In Red Flag Disrupted Race
Posted by: newsla on Jun 01, 2014 - 04:06 PM
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Further Points In Red Flag Disrupted Race


Antonio Giovinazzi and Tom Blomqvist have secured further points in the final race of the FIA Formula Three European Championship weekend in Hungary. Both drivers had started from within the top ten and drove solid races to maintain their points paying positions. Sean Gelael once again made his way up the grid however his progress was halted while, when running in 13th overall, a safety car and subsequent red flag brought the race to an early conclusion due to the change in climatic conditions.

 

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It was once again a clean start for the Jagonya Ayam with Carlin drivers however Blomqvist, who had looked quick out of the box, found himself just blocked as the cars made their way down to the first corner; by the end of the first lap Giovinazzi was sixth, Blomqvist 8th and Gelael 17th.

Track limits were once again the talking point of the race; many drivers were handed black and white flags and subsequently drive through penalties. However soon enough the talk changed to that of the imminent rain on the horizon – despite the dark looming clouds the weather seemed to hold the worst back with just a few drops in the opening laps.

By the mid-point, Giovinazzi began to make his move and set the fastest first sector – the Italian racer would continue to show his speed in this particular sector over the rest of the race. However bigger news soon came when Felix Rosenqvist, who had been running in second overall, was handed a drive through penalty; as a result this moved Giovinazzi up to fifth, Blomqvist seventh and Gelael 15th.

Over the next few laps Blomqvist became one of the few drivers who managed an overtaking manoeuvre. Leaving his braking until the very last minute he stormed in to turn one placing his car perfectly to take sixth position from Felix Serralles.

Gelael meanwhile was also latched on to the gearbox of Mitch Gilbert however before he even had the opportunity to make his move, Gilbert was himself given a drive through penalty which moved the Jagonya Ayam with Carlin driver up to 14th.

Soon enough the clouds which had been threatening rain opened and the track conditions changed; as a result some drivers ran wide and lost positions. By this point the race director believed that a safety car was the only viable option for the race to continue however after just a few minutes the race was red flagged – marking its early conclusion. Giovinazzi and Blomqvist picked up further points for fifth and sixth respectively while Gelael’s progress through the field was halted by the decision and he finished the race in 13th overall.

Giovinazzi said of his race, ‘It was another good race for us. I tried to pass Max [Verstappen] at the first corner but couldn’t make it stick and was behind him from then on. The speed was good but when the rain came everything changed. I could see Tom [Blomqvist] chasing me after he got past Felix [Serralles] but the race was ended and we once again picked up strong points. It’s been another good weekend for both me and for the whole team so I’m happy with our progress.’

Gelael added, ‘I had a really good start off the line but I wasn’t able to capitalise on it as we headed into the first corner. We were fast throughout the race however I was held up by Mitch Gilbert and so lost sight of the cars ahead of him. When he pitted, I was able to close the gap but couldn’t gain a position until the rain came and people struggled.

We finished 13th from our starting position of 18th so I’m happy to have gained positions again as it’s nice to improve in the races.’


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