Lucas Auer concludes his second year in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship with his third victory of the season.
Sun 19.10.14, 3:03PM
Lucas Auer (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) concluded his second year in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship with his third victory of the season. British drivers Jordan King (Carlin) and Tom Blomqvist (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) followed behind the 20-year-old Austrian. With this third place, Blomqvist also secured himself second place in the final drivers’ standings of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing), who will be racing in Formula 1 for Toro Rosso next year, finished sixth in his final race in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship ahead of Ocon. Thus, the 17-year-old Dutchman ends up third in the final drivers’ standings behind Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam), who was already crowned as the European Champion in Imola, and Blomqvist.
Initially, Tom Blomqvist took the lead, but after a few kilometres only, Lucas Auer already demoted him to second. Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) lost his third place to Jordan King on the opening lap. On the same lap, the safety car was deployed after Tatiana Calderón (Jo Zeller Racing) had missed her braking point before the hairpin and collected Félix Serrallés (Team West-Tec F3) and Jules Szymkowiak (Van Amersfoort Racing). Calderón and Serrallés retired, Szymkowiak continued after a pit stop.
Auer remained in the lead from Blomqvist and King at the restart. After only one lap, he was already 1.5 seconds clear of his first rival Blomqvist. Meanwhile, Max Verstappen tried to claim sixth place from Esteban Ocon. After a fierce battle, he eventually overtook the Frenchman on lap eleven and moved up to sixth.
In the closing stages, Jordan King found a way past Tom Blomqvist and took over second place from his fellow-Brit. Ahead of King, a buoyant Lucas Auer took the chequered flag as the winner of the race. Felix Rosenqvist and Antonio Giovinazzi (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) safely brought their fourth and fifth place home while Max Verstappen crossed the finish line in sixth place from European Champion Esteban Ocon. Sean Galeal (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin), Edward Jones (Carlin) and Dennis van de Laar (Prema Powerteam) rounded out the top ten in the final race of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship season.
Lucas Auer (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport): “This was a beautiful race. I wanted first place at all cost and I managed to get it. The overtaking move on Tom Blomqvist wasn’t so difficult, but I also had the impression that he wasn’t too aggressive because he had the drivers’ standings in mind, too. Soon after I had overtaken Tom, my car got stuck in third gear once again, but this time, it wasn’t a big problem. Concluding the season with a victory and thus showing our potential is great.”
Jordan King (Carlin): “My start was good and the first lap was very positive, too, because I was able to overtake Felix Rosenqvist. At the end of the race, I was also able to benefit from a mistake by Tom Blomqvist and take second place. I am happy with this end to my season.”
Tom Blomqvist (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin): “Lucas Auer managed to overtake me on the opening lap with a good move. Generally, our pace wasn’t as good as yesterday and therefore, there was nothing I could do against Lucas’s attack. On the penultimate lap, I made a mistake and Jordan benefited from it. I am very happy with my second place in the drivers’ standings and second place for my team Jagonya Ayam with Carlin in the teams’ championship.”
With his sixth victory of the season in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, Tom Blomqvist (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) moved up to second place in the drivers’ standings.
Sat 18.10.14, 8:08PM
At the 4.574 kilometres long Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg, he won from Antonio Giovinazzi (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) and Lucas Auer (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport). Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam), who had already secured the FIA Formula 3 European Championship title at Imola, finished fourth in the penultimate race of the season ahead of Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing).
Tom Blomqvist took advantage his pole position and shot into the lead from Lucas Auer and Antonio Giovinazzi. Antonio Fuoco (Prema Powerteam) was punted into a spin by Sean Gelael (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) in the hairpin in the first lap and dropped back to the rear of the field. Gelael had to pit but rejoined. On lap two, Max Verstappen was overtaken by Tatiana Calderón (Jo Zeller Racing), the only lady driver in the field, in the battle for seventh. The Dutchman fought back soon afterwards and overtook both Calderón and Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) to claim sixth place.
A few minutes later, Michele Beretta (Eurointernational) lost the rear wing of his car. To enable the marshals to remove wing debris from the track, the clerk of the course deployed the safety car. At the restart, Tom Blomqvist remained in the lead while Lucas Auer and Antonio Giovinazzi also held on to their positions. The order behind changed on lap 16 as Giovinazzi overtook Lucas Auer to claim back second place. While Blomqvist managed to open up a lead and Giovinazzi also built up a slight advantage over Auer towards the end of the race, the Austrian had to work to keep Esteban Ocon at bay until the finish.
The race was red-flagged just before the end following a collision between Antonio Fuoco and Jake Dennis (Carlin). Tom Blomqvist won from Antonio Giovinazzi, Lucas Auer, Esteban Ocon and Max Verstappen. Felix Rosenqvist and Roy Nissany (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport), two drivers in the kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport team finished in sixth and seventh place ahead of Tatiana Calderón, Gustavo Menezes (Van Amersfoort Racing) and Dennis van de Laar (Prema Powerteam).
Tom Blomqvist (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin): “Track conditions changed massively from the first to the second race, which was perhaps due to the rubber from the tyres of the DTM cars. Overall, this race wasn’t easy, but it went well nevertheless. After the start, I managed to open up a gap and I controlled the race. For me, it was mainly about not making any mistakes.”
Antonio Giovinazzi (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin): “I had a good start, but Lucas made an even better one. Thus, I lost second place going into the first corner, but I was able to take it back during the race. I am very happy with my second place and victory for my team-mate Tom Blomqvist.”
Lucas Auer (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport): “My start was mega. Unfortunately, my car got stuck in third gear once again during the race, so that it was relatively easy for Antonio to overtake me. We already had this problem in the first race and now we have to solve it.”
With his 10th victory of the season, Max Verstappen extended his lead over rival Tom Blomqvist . In the battle for the runner-up spot in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, Verstappen is now in front with a margin of 13 points.
Sat 18.10.14, 1:01PM
At the 4.574 kilometres long Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg, the 17-year-old Dutchman, who had already taken part in his first free practice in Formula 1, received the chequered flag in first place from Lucas Auer (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) and Tom Blomqvist. Already-crowned FIA Formula 3 European Champion Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam) finished seventh. Although the two Jagonya Ayam with Carlin drivers Blomqvist and Antonio Giovinazzi (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) finished third and fourth, Ocon’s seventh place was enough to win the FIA Formula 3 European Championship teams’ title for Prema Powerteam with two races still to go.
Max Verstappen took the lead at the start, but couldn’t really pull away from his rivals Lucas Auer and Tom Blomqvist in the opening stages. During the race, the Dutchman gradually extended his lead and scored an undisputed victory after 22 laps. Behind him, Lucas Auer, Tom Blomqvist, Antionio Giovinazzi and Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) filled second to fifth places. In the first race of the Hockenheim weekend, Esteban Ocon had slightly more work to do. Jordan King (Carlin), who was seventh after the start, overtook the Frenchman on lap nine and finished sixth ahead of the Frenchman. The battle for ninth place between Félix Serrallés (Team West-Tec F3) and Sean Gelael (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) was even more intense. For a few laps, the Indonesian was able to defend his position from the attacks of Puerto Rican Serrallés, but eventually he had to give in. Ahead of these two, Gustavo Menezes (Van Amersfoort Racing) finished eighth.
Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing): “I made a good start and the race went off okay too. We had some problems in the second qualifying session and I wasn’t happy so we made some changes on the car for the first heat. In the first few laps, Lucas and Tom were playing a waiting game behind me, but I was able to open up a slight gap and I controlled the race.”
Lucas Auer (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport): “Hockenheim is a track that suits me and my team kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport. My start was good, but then my car got stuck in a gear and I lost some ground to Max. Later on, he was quicker than me anyway.”
Tom Blomqvist (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin): “My start was good and the first few laps were positive, too. After that, I couldn’t match the speed of Lucas and Max. Now, we have to find out what was the reason for that.”