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Race Report

FIA FORMULA 4
ITALIAN CHAMPIONSHIP, Rounds 1 - 3

Circuit: Paul Ricard (FRA), Lengthe 5,822 km, 14th/15th/16th May 2021
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JENZER MOTORSPORT 2021:
Samir Ben (CH), Piotr Wisnicki (POL), Francesco Braschi (I), Jorge Garciarce Davila (MEX) and Santiago Ramos Reynoso (MEX)

Rookie Podium for Braschi in Paul Ricard in F4 Italy

The first of seven races of the Italian FIA F4 Championship took place on the fast GP circuit of Paul Ricard (F). A huge field of 37 vehicles were registered. The 17 rookies in the field were clearly dominated by the more experienced drivers. The level of the drivers was high and the lap times were incredibly close together. Exciting races were expected.

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Qualifying

Saturday, 15/05/21, 09.00 – 09.40, Weather: Cloudy, 15°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 Kirill Smal (RUS) Prema 2:04.095
2nd Tim Tramnitz (D) US Racing 2:04.230
3rd Oliver Bearman (GB) Van Amersfoort 2:04.411
16th Santiago Ramos Reynoso (MEX) Jenzer Motorsport 2:05.290
17th Francesco Braschi (I) Jenzer Motorsport 2:05.290
32nd Piotr Wisnicki (POL) Jenzer Motorsport 2:06.295
35th Samir Ben (CH) Jenzer Motorsport 2:06.699
36th Jorge Garciarce Davila (MEX) Jenzer Motorsport 2:07.059

 

Results Qualifying 2 & Grid for Race Two
1st Oliver Bearman (GB) Van Amersfoort 2:02.999
2nd Tim Tramnitz (D) US Racing 2:03.442
3rd Luke Browning (GB) US Racing 2:03.520
18th Santiago Ramos Reynoso (MEX) Jenzer Motorsport 2:04.271
23rd Francesco Braschi (I) Jenzer Motorsport 2:04.845
28th Piotr Wisnicki (POL) Jenzer Motorsport 2:05.108
33rd Jorge Garciarce Davila (MEX) Jenzer Motorsport 2:05.506
37th Samir Ben (CH) Jenzer Motorsport 2:06.116

 

Grid for Race Three
1st Tim Tramnitz (D) US Racing 2:03.538
2nd Oliver Bearman (GB) Van Amersfoort 2:03.550
3rd Sebastian Montoya (COL) Prema 2:03.560
14th Santiago Ramos Reynoso (MEX) Jenzer Motorsport 2:04.302
23rd Francesco Braschi (I) Jenzer Motorsport 2:04.949
27th Piotr Wisnicki (POL) Jenzer Motorsport 2:05.138
31st Jorge Garciarce Davila (MEX) Jenzer Motorsport 2:05.781
37th Samir Ben (CH) Jenzer Motorsport 2:06.391

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FIA F4 Italian Championship

Race One (30 minutes + 1 lap)

Saturday, 15/05/21, 14.00, Weather: Cloudy, 17°C

Just as the F4 drove to the grid, raindrops started falling. The race director decided to declare "Wet Race" and the start was carried out behind the safety car. After two or three laps the rain almost stopped, and it didn't rain again until the last laps of the race. However, all cars were on slick tyres. The track surface was very slippery, and off the racing line, the track was very dirty. Every overtaking maneuver posed a risk. Santiago and Francesco managed the first laps very well and despite the difficult conditions they made up several places one after the other. Santiago was in 12th place and Francesco was on his way to 13th place when he went wide and spun on dirty tyres a few corners later. He was able to rejoin the huge field again in 24th position, but unfortunately a position on the rookie podium was lost. Francesco worked his way up to 20th place again until the end. Piotr improved lap by lap, place by place. In the end he had moved up from 32nd place to 27th place during the race. Jorge and Samir also fought for positions and finally reached the finish in 32nd, and 33rd place respectively. When the rain got heavier again towards the end of the race, the safety car took over the field after an incident and stayed in the lead until the finish line.

Race One Results
1st Kirill Smal (RUS) Prema 32:26.013  
2nd Tim Tramnitz (D) US Racing Gap 0.506
3rd Oliver Bearman (GB) Van Amersfoort Gap 0.770
12th Santiago Ramos Reynoso (MEX) Jenzer Motorsport    
20th Francesco Braschi (I) Jenzer Motorsport    
27th Piotr Wisnicki (POL) Jenzer Motorsport    
32nd Jorge Garciarce Davila (MEX) Jenzer Motorsport    
33rd Samir Ben (CH) Jenzer Motorsport    
Fastest lap: Kirill Smal (RUS) in 2:04.878

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FIA F4 Italian Championship

Race Two (30 minutes + 1 lap)

Sunday, 16/05/21, 10.50, Weather: Overcast, 16°C

Some drivers got under way badly at the start, which resulted in several collisions. Unfortunately, Francesco was also involved and his race ended on the first lap with a damaged car off the track. Santiago was slightly involved but was able to continue without much damage, but fell far back. Piotr, Samir and Jorge were able to avoid collisions and were already well on their way. Piotr was 26th, Samir 29th, Jorge 30th and Santiago 33rd. Then Samir was hit sideways by a competitor. He came back to the pit lane for inspection, but unfortunately had to abandon the race because the damage was too great to be repaired quickly. Piotr now worked his way up quickly, and had advanced to 18th place. Santiago was already in 26th place, just behind Jorge. When restarting after a safety car phase, Piotr managed to make up further positions. In the end, he finished 11th and narrowly missed the top ten. Santiago had made up so many positions in a strong race and with good restarts that in the end he crossed the finish line in 12th place, right behind Piotr. Jorge was in 22nd place when he was pushed by a competitor on the last lap and spun off the track. He was able to rejoin and crossed the finish line in 29th place.

Race Two Results
1st Tim Tramnitz (D) US Racing 33:51.423  
2nd Luke Browning (GB) US Racing Gap 0.687
3rd Kirill Smal (RUS) Prema Gap 1.441
11th Piotr Wisnicki (POL) Jenzer Motorsport    
12th Santiago Ramos Reynoso (MEX) Jenzer Motorsport    
29th Jorge Garciarce Davila (MEX) Jenzer Motorsport    
DNF: Samir Ben (CH) Jenzer Motorsport    
DNF: Francesco Braschi (I) Jenzer Motorsport    
Fastest lap: Kirill Smal (RUS) in 2:05.100

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FIA F4 Italian Championship

Race Three (30 minutes + 1 lap)

Sunday, 16/05/21, 16.10, Weather: Overcast, 18°C

Santiago managed a good first lap. He then installed himself in 12th place and secured this position until the end. Francesco moved between 20th and 21st place until he was able to improve significantly after a restart and saw the checkered flag in the end as 16th. That also meant 3rd place on the rookie podium! Francesco proudly took the trophy at the ceremony. Piotr improved first, and then got stuck a bit. He safely brought home 21st place. Jorge was doing well and was already in 26th place when an accident occurred right in front of him and he couldn't evade contact. His front wing was damaged and he had to go back to the pit lane to have the part replaced. He was able to resume the race and finished in 28th place. Samir also had to go back to the pit lane after the first lap to have repairs carried out. After that he achieved very good lap times and finally was classified in 32nd place.

Now we are looking ahead to the second race event of the FIA F4 Italian Championship which takes place in Misano (I) on the weekend of 6th June 2021.

Race Three Results
1st Tim Tramnitz (D) US Racing 33:00.822  
2nd Oliver Bearman (GB) Van Amersfoort Gap 1.668
3rd Vlad Lomko (RUS) US Racing Gap 2.315
12th Santiago Ramos Reynoso (MEX) Jenzer Motorsport    
16th Francesco Braschi (I) Jenzer Motorsport    
21st Piotr Wisnicki (POL) Jenzer Motorsport    
28th Jorge Garciarce Davila (MEX) Jenzer Motorsport    
32nd Jorge Garciarce Davila (MEX) Jenzer Motorsport    
Fastest lap: Luke Browning (GB) in 2:05.082

Samir Ben (CH)


Piotr Wisnicki (POL)


Francesco Braschi (I)


Jorge Garciarce Davila (MEX)


Santiago Ramos Reynoso (MEX)

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2021 FIA F4 ITALIAN CHAMPIONSHIP – AGENDA

14/15/16 May Paul Ricard (F)  
04/05/06 June Misano (I)  
26/27 June Vallelunga (I)  
23/24/25 July Imola (I)  
10/11/12 September RedBull Ring (A)  
08/09/10 October Mugello (I)  
29/30/31 October Monza (I)  

 

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