Spurning the F1 path for BMW and the DTM

Spurning the F1 path for BMW and the DTM

The career of British-born Tom Blomqvist had been a struggle before last year. But a cracking season in European F3 led to a starring BMW test, and now he's a DTM debutant. He talks to MARCUS SIMMONS

Once the dust cleared on Formula 3 Armageddon in last November's Macau Grand Prix, once he clambered free of the Carlin Dallara in which he was cocooned as first Esteban Ocon's broken machine veered him into the barrier as they dueled side-by-side for the lead, and then Yu Kanamaru vaulted him Evel Knievel-style before landing on the wall next to his head, the first reaction for Tom Blomqvist was acute disappointment.

But, for pretty much the first time in his four-year F3 career, the 21-year-old wasn't racing for his very future in the sport.

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