Following a strong weekend in which Tom Blomqvist claimed Jagonya Ayam with Carlin’s maiden win at Silverstone, Blomqvist, Sean Gelael and Antonio Giovinazzi now prepare to travel to Germany for the second round of the FIA Formula Three European season. After scoring points in all three races over the course of the weekend at Silverstone and currently lying second in the championship, the team are hunting more points in Germany later this week.
Blomqvist came out all guns blazing as he snatched pole position in the first event at Silverstone two weeks ago and went on to claim the team’s first win of the season. Over the course of the weekend the team worked well together in their debut and came away with a strong haul of points which sees them currently lying second in the championship to top off a good weekend.
Now the team are focused on Hockenheim, for the first of two visits that the FIA Formula Three European Championship pays to the German track, returning for the season finale in October. The Hockenheimring features 17 corners in the 4.574km configuration and is featured on the Formula One Championship for the 2014 season. This weekend, Formula Three lines up in support of the opening round of the DTM Championship – and will follow the Series over the course of the season.
Having taken a pole position and a win last time out Blomqvist said, ‘Taking the first pole and win of the season definitely fills you with confidence and I think we can continue that form this weekend; it’s a case of carrying on as we started. Carlin were strong here last year so we know we have a good car but we need to keep building over the course of the championship. Right now, there are a fair few quick guys out there but we know we can fight as well.’
Sean Gelael suffered a tough opening round to the season however managed to fight well to recover during the three races. He said of his approach to the second round, ‘We know where we are and I’ve been working in the simulator and with my engineer since Silverstone. We’re prepared for the second round and although it is a tough track I know that Carlin have had good results here in the past so we go there with a mind to improve. There’s a good feeling in the team with Tom and Antonio and also with the engineers so it’ll be nice to be back together for Hockenheim.’
Antonio Giovinazzi added, ‘Silverstone was a little bit difficult because I wasn’t able to make the most of some of my starting positions however we got on top of that for the third race of the weekend which went very well. For Hockenheim we have a good feeling and it’s a track that I enjoy racing at, so it’s going to be exciting to get back on the track.’