Although Raffaele Marciello crossed the line in first place in the opening race of the FIA F3 European Championship at the Norisring, the Italian was handed a penalty after the finish. Thus, victory went to Tom Blomqvist.
The first race of the FIA Formula 3 Championship at the Norisring was an incident-packed one. Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) made a perfect start and he took the lead in the first corner from pole sitter Felix Rosenqvist. The Italian then drove a faultless race and saw the chequered flag in first place. Behind, there were several incidents among his pursuers and the safety car was deployed twice.
One of the neutralisation periods decided the outcome of the race as 12 drivers were given a 20-second penalty after the finish for not respecting the yellow flags. Thus victory went to Tom Blomqvist (Eurointernational) followed by Harry Tincknell (Carlin), André Rudersdorf (ma-con), Eddie Cheever (Prema Powerteam) and Marciello.
“It’s sure I’d liked to have won on the track but I won’t say no to this victory!” smiled Blomqvist. “It’s very rare to finish eighth and then be declared the winner. Honestly, I lost ground on the others during the yellow flag period. I was a bit upset after the race, but as things have turned out I was right to follow orders. It’s my first win of the season, but it’s not the most satisfying one. Now I have to score my first real victory!”
Felix Rosenqvist doesn’t appear in the classification. After qualifying the Swede was sent to the back of the grid by the stewards following a problem after the analysis of a fuel sample. The team has appealed this decision so he was allowed to start from pole and will be included - or not - in the classification depending on the outcome of the appeal.