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Engine change penalty for Blomqvist gives Verstappen double pole

by Peter Allen
Max Verstappen

Photo: FIA F3 European Championship

Tom Blomqvist will not start races two and three of the FIA F3 European Championship round at Hockenheim from pole position after receiving a ten-place grid drop for the next three races as the result of an engine change.

Max Verstappen inherits pole position for races two and three at the German circuit having been P2 in the classification for both fastest and second-fastest times in the second qualifying session on Saturday afternoon.

Blomqvist will have to start both races from 1tth place, and the punishment for his engine change will also continue into the first race at Pau next weekend. Blomqvist had been 0.359 seconds clear of Verstappen in an otherwise close qualifying session.

Esteban Ocon – who has a five-point advantage over Blomqvist at the head of the standings – will join single-seater rookie Verstappen on the front row for both races on Sunday with Antonio Giovinazzi third. Ed Jones and Felix Rosenqvist will start fourth for race two and three respectively.

Pos Race 1? Pos Race 2
1 Max Verstappen 1 Max Verstappen
2 Esteban Ocon 2 Esteban Ocon
3 Antonio Giovinazzi 3 Antonio Giovinazzi
4 Ed Jones 4 Felix Rosenqvist
5 Antonio Fuoco 5 Antonio Fuoco
6 Felix Rosenqvist 6 Ed Jones
7 Lucas Auer 7 Lucas Auer
8 Felix Serralles 8 Dennis van de Laar
9 Nicholas Latifi 9 Jake Dennis
10 Jake Dennis 10 Nicholas Latifi
11 Tom Blomqvist 11 Tom Blomqvist
12 Dennis van de Laar 12 John Bryant-Meisner
13 Mitchell Gilbert 13 Felix Serralles
14 John Bryant-Meisner 14 Mitchell Gilbert
15 Gustavo Menezes 15 Sean Gelael
16 Jules Szymkowiak 16 Gustavo Menezes
17 Sean Gelael 17 Jules Szymkowiak
18 Alexander Toril 18 Richard Goddard
19 Jordan King 19 Jordan King
20 Richard Goddard 20 Alexander Toril
21 Felipe Guimaraes 21 Felipe Guimaraes
22 Riccardo Agostini 22 Riccardo Agostini
23 Roy Nissany 23 Michele Beretta
24 Tatiana Calderon 24 Roy Nissany
25 Sandro Zeller 25 Tatiana Calderon
26 Michele Beretta 26 Sandro Zeller
27 Hector Hurst 27 Hector Hurst