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Giovinazzi Leads The Way In Austria
Posted by: newsla on Aug 01, 2014 - 04:38 PM
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Giovinazzi Leads The Way In Austria

Antonio Giovinazzi has topped both Free Practice sessions around the Red Bull Ring in Austria as the Jagonya Ayam with Carlin team are back in action for the eighth round of the FIA Formula Three European Championship. Giovinazzi had been the man to beat throughout the duration of both sessions, putting himself in the perfect position ahead of this afternoon’s qualifying session. Team mate Tom Blomqvist was also a top six finisher while Sean Gelael ended the second and faster session in 14th.


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After rain showers at the circuit yesterday it was a dry track to which the drivers took to for their opening laps. Giovinazzi and Blomqvist were two drivers fighting for the top spot in the opening minutes however it was Giovinazzi who came out on top as the first session reached its conclusion. Blomqvist had set the fourth fastest time and Gelael, who had suffered a puncture in the early stages, was working his way up the time sheets and was 18th overall.

As ever the drivers had just five minutes in between the sessions in which to refuel and have a brief discussion about their programmes with their respective engineers. In the opening minutes it was once again Giovinazzi who was looking like the man to beat. He soon began to make his way back up the order and had set the second quickest time.

Meanwhile Gelael was using the second 40 minute session to his advantage and had moved his Volkswagen powered Dallara car up in to the top ten with Blomqvist in 18th. Over the next few laps the positions would continue to change as the times dropped making this session the faster of the two.

Giovinazzi continued his good form in Austria and was soon back as the fastest man on track – a position he would hold until the flag fell. Blomqvist meanwhile had moved up to sixth and Gelael was in 14th. All three Jagonya Ayam drivers will be back out on track later this afternoon as they qualify for the first race of the weekend.

Reflecting on Free Practice Giovinazzi said, ‘It was a really strong session – to finish both on top is very good for us and gives us a good feeling of confidence ahead of qualifying. It’s one of my favourite tracks and in turn that meant that I really enjoyed the session so although there will be some hard racing I think we can have a good qualifying and enjoy thee strong races here.’

Team mate Gelael said, ‘I had a puncture at the very start of the session so I had to go out on a new set of tyres very early on which put me on the back foot a little. After that I was able to build the grip and work from there. There’s still a little bit more time to find however I’m happy with the car and looking forward to the rest of the weekend.’

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