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FIA FORMULA 4
ITALIAN CHAMPIONSHIP, Rounds 16/17/18

Circuit: Monza (ITA), Length 5.793 km, 7th – 9th October 2022
www.monzanet.it

JENZER MOTORSPORT 2022:
Oleksandr Partyshev (UKR), Ethan Ischer (CHE), Valentin Kluss (DEU), Nandhavud Bhirombhakdi (THA)

Kluss in the points at Monza

The sixth of seven meetings in the Italian FIA Formula 4 Championship took place on the ultra-fast GP circuit at Monza (I). A great field of 44 drivers took part in this event of the season.

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Qualifying

Saturday, 08/10/22, 08.30 – 09.10, Weather: Sunny, 12°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.

Due to the large number of participants, the short qualifying sessions proved to be very difficult. There was one red flag stoppage in the first session, and three red flag stoppages in the second session. There was almost no time to plan an optimal lap, and you shouldn't afford to make mistakes. It was a very difficult task for our drivers.

Results Qualifying 1 & Grid for Race One
1st Charlie Wurz (AUT) Prema 1:52.949
2nd Marcus Amand (FRA) US 1:52.951
3rd Rafael Camara (BRA) Prema 1:52.960
19th Oleksandr Partyshev (UKR) Jenzer Motorsport 1:54.436
22nd Valentin Kluss (DEU) Jenzer Motorsport 1:54.505
24th Ethan Ischer (CHE) Jenzer Motorsport 1:54.600
32nd Nandhavud Bhirombhakdi (THA) Jenzer Motorsport 1:55.091

 

Results Qualifying 2 & Grid for Race Two
1st Rafael Camara (BRA) Prema 1:53.068
2nd Martinius Stenshorne (NOR) Van Amersvoort 1:53.241
3rd Kimi Antonelli (ITA) Prema 1:53.277
21st Valentin Kluss (DEU) Jenzer Motorsport 1:55.210
24th Nandhavud Bhirombhakdi (THA) Jenzer Motorsport 1:55.478
30th Oleksandr Partyshev (UKR) Jenzer Motorsport 1:56.386
37th Ethan Ischer (CHE) Jenzer Motorsport 1:57.666

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Grid for Race Three
1st Kimi Antonelli (ITA) Prema 1:52.722
2nd Martinius Stenshorne (NOR) Van Amersvoort 1:52.741
3rd Alexander Dunne (IRL) US 1:52.752
26th Valentin Kluss (DEU) Jenzer Motorsport 1:54.287
29th Oleksandr Partyshev (UKR) Jenzer Motorsport 1:54.775
33rd Nandhavud Bhirombhakdi (THA) Jenzer Motorsport 1:55.044
36th Ethan Ischer (CHE) Jenzer Motorsport 1:55.311

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FIA Formula 4 Italian Championship

Race One (30 minutes + 1 lap)

Saturday, 08/10/22, 15.10, Weather: Sunny, 20°C

Coming from two heavily disrupted qualifying sessions, the tension was high when the 44 drivers met on the grid for what turned out to be an unsurprisingly chaotic first race of the weekend. A total of four safety cars had to be deployed throughout the 30 minutes, turning the race into a matter of survival. Starting from 22nd place on the grid, Valentin superbly managed the mayhem and kept himself out of trouble. Our German driver was able to make steady progress through the field and even enjoyed some nice battles. When the checkered flag finally waved, Valentin crossed the line in a brilliant 8th place!! Behind him, neither Nandhavud nor Ethan had it easy. Through the slipstreams, the multiple restarts and the hard battles, Nandhavud and Ethan did a good job to cross the line in 16th and 17th place respectively. Unfortunately, Oleksandr got caught up in the accidents halfway through the race. Our Ukranian driver was running in a good 17th place, but dropped down the order and eventually had to retire from the race.

Race One Results
1st Charlie Wurz (AUT) Prema 33:53.486  
2nd Alexander Dunne (IRL) US Gap 0.414
3rd Kacper Sztuka (POL) US Gap 0.692
8th Valentin Kluss (DEU) Jenzer Motorsport    
16th Nandhavud Bhirombhakdi (THA) Jenzer Motorsport    
17th Ethan Ischer (CHE) Jenzer Motorsport    
DNF: Oleksandr Partyshev (UKR) Jenzer Motorsport    
Fastest lap: Conrad Laursen (DK) in 1:53.660

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FIA Formula 4 Italian Championship

Race Two (30 minutes + 1 lap)

Sunday, 09/10/22, 09.10/ 17.00, Weather: Overcast, 18°C

On Sunday morning, the weather at the temple of speed was very unfriendly. The circuit got hit by torrential rain all morning and when the drivers made their way to the grid, rain came down even heavier. Despite the best attempts to try and get the race started, track conditions were too bad and race 2 was postponed to the afternoon, and due to the limited time left on this day, race 3 was cancelled.
After the heavy rain in the morning, conditions improved during the day. The Race Director decided to declare race 3 cancelled and race 2 postponed until 17.00. So when the drivers finally met for the final race of the weekend, it was with the starting grid from qualifying 2. The track was still wet and slippery and the race got started behind safety car. In this tricky conditions and with this huge field with everyone battling their way forward, it didn’t take long for the safety car to be deployed. Everything was looking good for our drivers, as they were keeping their cars out of trouble and they took advantage of the restart to make up positions. This is when Ethan got involved in a contact and had to retire his car. Such a shame! Disaster struck for Nandhavud as well. Right before the safety car was deployed once more, our Thai driver was on a good forward run in 20th place. Unfortunately, another car made contact with him and Nandhavud found himself stuck in the gravel trap. His race was also over. Oleksandr and Valentin were still in the race and they were fighting hard to get the best out of the final stages. With 2 minutes left on the clock, the red flag came out and put an early end to the race. Oleksandr took 20th position, followed by Valentin in 21st place. Nandhavud was in 36th place on the results sheet.

Race Two Results
1st Kimi Antonelli (I) Prema 28:05.572  
2nd Charlie Wurz (A) Prema Gap 0.661
3rd Martinius Stenshorne (NOR) Van Amersvoort Gap 0.955
20th Oleksandr Partyshev (UKR) Jenzer Motorsport    
21st Valentin Kluss (DEU) Jenzer Motorsport    
36th Nandhavud Bhirombhakdi (THA) Jenzer Motorsport    
DNF: Ethan Ischer (CHE) Jenzer Motorsport    
Fastest lap: Alexander Dunne (IRL) in 1:54.736

 

FIA Formula 4 Italian Championship

Race Three (28 minutes + 1 lap)

Sunday, 09/10/22, 17.10, Weather: Rain, 18°C

Race cancelled.

 

Race Three Results
Race cancelled        

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The seventh and last race meeting of the Italian Formula championship is scheduled for the weekend of 23rd October 2022 at Mugello (I).


Oleksandr Partyshev (UKR)


Ethan Ischer (CHE)


Valentin Kluss (DEU)


Nandhavud Bhirombhakdi (THA)

© Photo Pellegrini


Championship Standings

FIA F4 Italian Championship 2022 after 18 races:
1st Kimi Antonelli (ITA), 287 points; 2nd Alexander Dunne (IRL), 221 points; 3rd Rafael Camara (BRA), 213 points; 4th Charlie Wurz (AUT), 165 points; 5th James Wharton (AUS), 162 points; 6th Kacper Sztuka (POL), 150 points; 20th Valentin Kluss (DEU), 4 points

Rookie-Standings:
1st Kimi Antonelli (ITA), 311 points; 2nd Rafael Camara (BRA), 252 points; 3rd James Wharton (AUS), 223 points; 11th Valentin Kluss (DEU), 37 points; 26. Ethan Ischer (CHE), 4 points

2022 FIA F4 ITALIAN CHAMPIONSHIP – AGENDA

06/07/08 May Imola (ITA)  
03/04/05 June Misano (ITA)  
17/18/19 June Spa (BEL)  
01/02/03 July Vallelunga (ITA)  
09/10/11 September RedBull Ring (AUT)  
07/08/09 October Monza (ITA)  
21/22/23 October Mugello (ITA)  

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