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Podium For Blomqvist But Heartbreak For Giovinazzi
Posted by: newsla on Aug 03, 2014 - 03:17 PM
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Podium For Blomqvist But Heartbreak For Giovinazzi


It was a race of mixed emotions for the Jagonya Ayam with Carlin team in Austria as Tom Blomqvist added to his previous victory over the course of the weekend with a podium position for second place. However the race was marred by a drive through penalty for race leader Antonio Giovinazzi in the closing laps which demoted him down the order despite dominating the field from the very start. Team mate Sean Gelael meanwhile enjoyed a strong race with multiple battles for positions which saw him move up the grid and in to seventh overall.

 

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Having clinched a front row lock out in yesterday’s qualifying session Giovinazzi headed a Jagonya Ayam with Carlin one-two as he placed his car on pole position in anticipation of the second race of the weekend. Blomqvist lined up next to him while Gelael started the race in 14th position.

Off the line the excitement began immediately with Giovinazzi launching in to the lead however Lucas Auer ran wide and came up alongside Blomqvist which in turn left the latter vulnerable to the overtaking Antonio Fuoco; as a result Blomqvist was in third by the end of the first lap.

The positions remained the same over the next few laps for the Jagonya Ayam with Carlin drivers until a safety car was released on track to deal with the stricken car of Jordan King in the sister Carlin car. This was the first of what would eventually be three safety cars which would shape the race for the win.

Gelael began to enjoy a variety of different battles for positions and had soon moved his way to the fringe of a top ten finish. The Indonesian racer continued to push hard throughout three safety car restarts and, thanks to his hard work, was soon running in eighth position overall.

However on the third safety car restart Giovinazzi’s race was sadly to be turned on its head. Despite pulling huge gaps throughout the race and dealing with the restarts well he was handed a drive through penalty which the stewards would serve retrospectively to the race conclusion. This heart-breaking decision saw the race win taken away from him.

This tough news for the team in turn elevated Blomqvist up into second position overall and Gelael into a fantastic seventh. Speaking of his podium, Blomqvist said, ‘It was a pretty messy race and my start wasn’t great so I could get attacked from there; I tried fighting Fuoco ahead but couldn’t take him. It’s great to be on the podium though after our win yesterday however it’s a shame that Antonio [Giovinazzi] wasn’t up here with me. It’s more important points for the championship fight which is the main thing so I’m pleased with my result.’

Gelael said of the race, ‘Our pace was really good even though getting off the line wasn’t the best, but because we had the speed we could recover really well. We were able to catch the group in front which made for some great overtaking however it was probably one of the more difficult races of my career because there was so much work to do – but it was very rewarding. For the final race I think we can continue the momentum and aggressiveness and get another strong result.’


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