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Race Report

FIA FORMULA 4
ITALIAN CHAMPIONSHIP, Rounds 19/20/21

Circuit: Mugello (I), Length 5.245 km, 26th/27th/28th October 2018
www.mugellocircuit.it

JENZER MOTORSPORT 2018:
Giorgio Carrara (ARG), Nazim Azman (MAL), Oliver Rasmussen (DK) & Federico Malvestiti (I)

Seasons finals in Mugello in the rain

The seventh and last event of the Italian FIA Formula 4 Championship took place at the demanding Mugello circuit (I). The weather was reasonably good on Friday and Saturday, but on Sunday it turned autumnally rainy. 30 drivers signed up for the season finale. You can follow the races live on sporttube.tv.

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Qualifying

Saturday, 27/10/18, 09.00 – 09.40, Weather: Overcast, 18°C

The rules allow for two qualifying sessions of 15 minutes, with a 10-minute break in between. The Qualifying 1 times determine the grid for Race 1 and the times from Qualifying 2 determine the grid for Race 2. The starting order for Race 3 is based on the 2nd best lap time of each driver in either of the two qualifying sessions.

Results Qualifying 1 & Grid for Race One
1st Enzo Fittipaldi (BRA) Prema 1:47.546
2nd Gianluca Petecof (BRA) Prema 1:47.601
3rd Leonardo Lorandi (I) Bhaitech 1:47.634
6th Federico Malvestiti (I) Jenzer Motorsport 1:47.798
7th Giorgio Carrara (ARG) Jenzer Motorsport 1:47.912
17th Oliver Rasmussen (DK) Jenzer Motorsport 1:48.755
20th Nazim Azman (MAL) Jenzer Motorsport 1:49.024

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Results Qualifying 2 & Grid for Race Two
1st Enzo Fittipaldi (BRA) Prema 1:46.780
2nd Olli Caldwell (GB) Prema 1:46.920
3rd Gianluca Petecof (BRA) Prema 1:47.003
5th Giorgio Carrara (ARG) Jenzer Motorsport 1:47.219
7th Federico Malvestiti (I) Jenzer Motorsport 1:47.310
17th Oliver Rasmussen (DK) Jenzer Motorsport 1:47.989
26th Nazim Azman (MAL) Jenzer Motorsport 1:49.110

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Grid for Race Three
1st Enzo Fittipaldi (BRA) Prema 1:46.984
2nd Gianluca Petecof (BRA) Prema 1:47.256
3rd Olli Caldwell (GB) Prema 1:47.262
4th Federico Malvestiti (I) Jenzer Motorsport 1:47.343
5th Giorgio Carrara (ARG) Jenzer Motorsport 1:47.368
16th Oliver Rasmussen (DK) Jenzer Motorsport 1:48.083
25th Nazim Azman (MAL) Jenzer Motorsport 1:49.410

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FIA Formula 4 Italian Championship

Race One (28 minutes + 1 lap)

Saturday, 27/10/18, 13.10, Weather: Cloudy, 21°C

Federico and Giorgio made good starts and held onto 6th and 7th places respectively. As Fittipaldi and Lorandi clashed, there was change at the front. Federico was all over Estner and battling for 3rd place when his car suddenly ran out of power and he rolled to a halt on the side of the circuit just before the end. After the race, it turned out that his turbo had failed. Giorgio fought with Alatalo and finally claimed an excellent 5th place after a hard race. Oliver improved right from the start and drove a good race, making up places in the second half of the race and crossing the finish line in a good 13th place. Nazim ran wide in one of the early corners and lost momentum, rejoining in 26th place and then managing to work his way back up lap by lap, finally taking the chequered flag in 18th place.

Race One Results
1st Gianluca Petecof (BRA) Prema 31:01.515  
2nd Olli Caldwell (GB) Prema Gap 2.591
3rd Andreas Estner (D) Van Amersfoort Gap 10.859
5th Giorgio Carrara (ARG) Jenzer Motorsport    
13th Oliver Rasmussen (DK) Jenzer Motorsport    
18th Nazim Azman (MAL) Jenzer Motorsport    
27th Federico Malvestiti (I) Jenzer Motorsport    
Fastest lap: Federico Malvestiti (I) in 1:48.259

FIA Formula 4 Italian Championship

Race Two (28 minutes + 1 lap)

Sunday, 28/10/18, 09.00, Weather: Rain, 18°C

It rained in the morning and so the start took place behind the Safety Car. On the very wet and slippery track a collision occurred on lap three with one car ending up sideways across the track. The race had to be red-flagged and once the mess was cleared up there were 9 damaged cars including Oliver’s and Nazim’s. None of the drivers were injured which was good, and the remaining 21 vehicles lined up again on the grid in their original starting order. The race started again behind the Safety Car with just four racing laps left before the end. Giorgio managed to hold onto 5th place all the way to the finish, while Federico managed to pass Saucy again and was in 6th place at the flag.
After the race, the results from before the red-flag were added to the second results and in the aggregated result Federico was a place further back in 7th.

Race Two Results
1st Enzo Fittipaldi (BRA) Prema 27:11.104  
2nd Leonardo Lorandi (I) Bhaitech Gap 2.383
3rd Gianluca Petecof (BRA) Prema Gap 8.482
5th Giorgio Carrara (ARG) Jenzer Motorsport    
7th Federico Malvestiti (I) Jenzer Motorsport    
DNF: Oliver Rasmussen (DK) Jenzer Motorsport    
DNF: Nazim Azman (MAL) Jenzer Motorsport    
Fastest lap: Leonardo Lorandi (I) in 2:08.213

 

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Race Three (28 minutes + 1 lap)

Sunday, 28/10/2018, 15.30, Weather: Rain, 15°C

The last race of the season was held on a very wet track so once again it had to be started behind the Safety Car, and when it came in after one lap there were a number of aquaplaning incidents, meaning the Safety Car had to be deployed once again. The pattern repeated itself with a restart and several more incidents on the next lap. Because the rain was now coming down even harder, the race was finished under Safety Car, the excessive spray making it impossible to go racing once again. The championship had been decided by the rain, and Fittipaldi was thus able to secure the necessary points to beat Lorandi.
Our drivers fared well in these difficult conditions. Federico made it to the end in 6th place, Giorgio was 7th, Nazim was 18th and Oliver was classified in 23rd place after a spin. All four cars made it to the end of the race this time.

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This brought the 2018 racing season for Formula 4 Italy to an end. We are already looking forward to next year and hope that you will follow our story again.

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Race Three Results
1st Enzo Fittipaldi (BRA) Prema 26:40.852  
2nd Gianluca Petecof (BRA) Prema Gap 0.706
3rd Olli Caldwell (GB) Prema Gap 1.188
6th Federico Malvestiti (I) Jenzer Motorsport    
7th Giorgio Carrara (ARG) Jenzer Motorsport    
19th Nazim Azman (MAL) Jenzer Motorsport    
24th Oliver Rasmussen (DK) Jenzer Motorsport    
Fastest lap: Enzo Fittipaldi (BRA) in 2:19.711

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Championship Standings

FIA Formula 4 Italian Championship 2017 after 21 races:
1st Enzo Fittipaldi (BRA), 303 points; 2nd Leonardo Lorandi (I), 282 points; 3rd Olli Caldwell (GB), 262 points; 4th Gianluca Petecof (BRA), 186 points; 5th Petr Ptacek (CZE), 182 points; 6th Federico Malvestiti (I), 173 points; 7th Giorgio Carrara (ARG), 112 points; 11th Gregoire Saucy (CH), 61 points; 17th Nazim Azman (MAL), 17 points; 25th Oliver Rasmussen (DK), 4 points

Rookie-Classification:
1st Petr Ptacek (CZE), 365 points; 2nd Gianluca Petecof (BRA), 343 points; 3rd Niklas Krütten (D), 193 points; 10th Oliver Rasmussen (DK), 92 points


Giorgio Carrara (ARG)


Nazim Azman (MAL)


Oliver Rasmussen (DK)


Federico Malvestiti (I)

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2018 FIA FORMULA 4 ITALIAN CHAMPIONSHIP - CALENDAR

21st/22th April Adria (I)  
11th/13th May Paul Ricard (F)  
1st/3rd June Monza (I)  
15th/17th June Misano (I)  
7th/29th July Imola (I)  
14th/16th September Vallelunga (I)  
26th/28th October Mugello (I)  

 

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