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Blomqvist inherits race one win as 12 drivers get time penalties

by Valentin Khorounzhiy

Photo: FIA F3 European Championship

EuroInternational’s Tom Blomqvist has been declared the race one winner for the European F3 round at Norisring after the man who finished first on-track, Raffaele Marciello, was given a post-race penalty among 11 other drivers.

Blomqvist finished eighth on the road and was due to inherit one place as Felix Rosenqvist found himself provisionally disqualified for a fuel issue in qualifying. However, in a race that saw multiple yellow flags in the busiest sections of the track, the top seven ahead of Blomqvist found themselves penalized for not slowing down sufficiently for the yellows, giving the Brit his first win in the series.

Among the penalized were the Prema trio of Raffaele Marciello, Alex Lynn and Lucas Auer who completed the original podium. Fortec’s Felix Serralles and Pipo Derani, Alex Sims, Nick Cassidy, Carlin teammates Jordan King and Jann Mardenborough, Mucke’s Roy Nissany?and Michael Lewis as well as local driver Lucas Wolf also received time penalties. All of the aforementioned drivers found twenty seconds added to their race clocks for not respecting double-waved yellow flags.

As such, the top ten has been completely altered from the original finishing order. Blomqvist is classified in first, ahead of Carlin’s Harry Tincknell and ma-con’s Andre Rudersdorf, who takes his first podium in the series. Eddie Cheever takes fourth ahead of his demoted teammate Marciello, with Sandro Zeller leading the other two Prema cars of Lynn and Auer in sixth. Rounding out the top ten are Serralles and Sims.

Race results
Pos. Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Tom Blomqvist EuroInternational 39 laps in 35:49.810
2 Harry Tincknell Carlin +3.551
3 Andre Rudersdorf ma-con +13.521
4 Eddie Cheever Prema Powerteam +14.925
5 Raffaele Marciello Prema Powerteam +16.320*
6 Sandro Zeller Jo Zeller Racing +17.423
7 Alex Lynn Prema Powerteam +17.498*
8 Lucas Auer Prema Powerteam +17.866*
9 Felix Serralles Fortec +18.397*
10 Alexander Sims ThreeBond/T-Sport +18.936*
11 Pipo Derani Fortec +19.811*
12 Nick Cassidy EuroInternational +22.559*
13 Jordan King Carlin +22.744*
14 Jann Mardenborough Carlin +25.444*
15 Michela Cerruti Romeo Ferraris +28.621
16 Roy Nissany Mucke Motorsport +28.783*
17 Michael Lewis Mucke Motorsport +33.936
18 Spike Goddard ThreeBond/T-Sport +2 laps
Not classified
Antonio Giovinazzi Double R Racing +5 laps
Sven Muller ma-con +5 laps
Lucas Wolf URD Rennsport +5 laps*
Nicholas Latifi Carlin +11 laps
Tatiana Calderon Double R Racing +24 laps
Dennis van de Laar Van Amersfoort +27 laps
Sean Gelael Double R Racing +33 laps
Mitchell Gilbert Mucke Motorsport +34 laps
Daniil Kvyat Carlin +38 laps
DSQ Felix Rosenqvist Mucke Motorsport

* denotes post-race time penalty of 20 seconds