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Blomqvist takes maiden FIA F3 win on home turf at Silverstone

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
Photo: FIA Formula 3 European Championship

Photo: FIA Formula 3 European Championship

British racer Tom Blomqvist delighted the local fans at Silverstone by taking his first race victory in European F3 from pole position in the opening race of the 2014 season.

The Jagonya Ayam with Carlin racer controlled the race from the very start and was untroubled at the front throughout despite a safety car disruption.

Fellow front row starter Esteban Ocon held on to second at the start, while Jordan King made his way up to third from sixth on the grid throughout the opening lap. Further down the field, there were some incidents, as Max Verstappen picked up front wing damage and had to pull into the pits, while rookies Alex Toril and Michele Beretta came together and were left stranded in the gravel.

The race was put under safety car due to the latter incident and, when the track went back to green flag, Blomqvist got an excellent restart to keep the lead. Ocon, meanwhile, came under pressure from King, who was briefly ahead of the Frenchman on the main straight, but wound up settling for third into turn one.

From that point on, race leader Blomqvist kept a good deal of distance between him and his chasers and would comfortably cross the line in first. Ocon had to fend off further attacks from King, but kept second, with the Carlin man rounding out the podium.

Ferrari junior Antonio Fuoco enjoyed a solid debut in the series in fourth, while Lucas Auer managed to overtake Nicholas Latifi after the restart to claim an eventual fifth.

The Canadian struggled for pace but ultimately kept a number of drivers at bay to take sixth. Felix Serralles overhauled Ed Jones for seventh, while Felix Rosenqvist saw off Felipe Guimaraes to take ninth, despite having made contact with Spike Goddard earlier on in the race.

Race results
Pos. Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Tom Blomqvist Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 18 laps in 36:31.379
2 Esteban Ocon Prema Powerteam +2.107
3 Jordan King Carlin +3.052
4 Antonio Fuoco Prema Powerteam +4.624
5 Lucas Auer kfzteile24 Mucke Motorsport +8.504
6 Nicholas Latifi Prema Powerteam +11.287
7 Felix Serralles Team West-Tec F3 +12.447
8 Ed Jones Carlin +13.578
9 Felix Rosenqvist kfzteile24 Mucke Motorsport +14.131
10 Felipe Guimaraes Double R Racing +17.708
11 Dennis van de Laar Prema Powerteam +19.242
12 Antonio Giovinazzi Jagonya Ayam with Carlin +21.104
13 Mitchell Gilbert Fortec Motorsports +26.003
14 Spike Goddard ThreeBond with T-Sport +26.680
15 Sean Gelael Jagonya Ayam with Carlin +27.831
16 Gustavo Menezes Van Amersfoort Racing +28.466
17 Jake Dennis Carlin +29.310
18 John Bryant-Meisner Fortec Motorsports +29.907
19 Jules Szymkowiak Van Amersfoort Racing +31.063
20 Roy Nissany kfzteile24 Mucke Motorsport +32.951
21 Riccardo Agostini EuroInternational +33.379
22 Hector Hurst Team West-Tec F3 +37.001
23 Tatiana Calderon Jo Zeller Racing +39.559
Not classified
Max Verstappen Van Amersfoort Racing +17 laps
Alexander Toril ThreeBond with T-Sport +18 laps
Michele Beretta EuroInternational +18 laps