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

Circuit: Mugello (ITA), Length 5.245 km, 21st – 23rd October 2022
www.mugellocircuit.it

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

Good season finish in Mugello

The seventh and final racing event for the Italian FIA Formula 4 Championship took place on the demanding Mugello circuit near Florence. Again the grid was huge with 41 participants ready to race.

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Qualifying

Friday, 21/10/22, 16.35 – 17.15, 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.

Due to the large number of participants, the short qualifying sessions proved to be very difficult. Just as our drivers were in their fastest run, there was a red flag stoppage. After that, it was very hard for them in the large field to position themselves well again to be able to improve their lap times.

Results Qualifying 1 & Grid for Race One
1st Kimi Antonelli (ITA) Prema 1:48.559
2nd Alexander Dunne (IRL) US 1:48.464
3rd Ugo Ugochukwu (USA) Prema 1:48.535
17th Valentin Kluss (DEU) Jenzer Motorsport 1:49.517
25th Oleksandr Partyshev (UKR) Jenzer Motorsport 1:49.975
32nd Nandhavud Bhirombhakdi (THA) Jenzer Motorsport 1:50.525
33rd Ethan Ischer (CHE) Jenzer Motorsport 1:50.601

 

Results Qualifying 2 & Grid for Race Two
1st Kimi Antonelli (ITA) Prema 1:48.127
2nd Rafael Camara (BRA) Prema 1:48.213
3rd Kacper Sztuka (POL) US 1:53.241
23rd Oleksandr Partyshev (UKR) Jenzer Motorsport 1:49.368
24th Valentin Kluss (DEU) Jenzer Motorsport 1:49.373
29th Ethan Ischer (CHE) Jenzer Motorsport 1:49.815
31st Nandhavud Bhirombhakdi (THA) Jenzer Motorsport 1:49.822

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Grid for Race Three
1st Rafael Camara (BRA) Prema 1:48.248
2nd Kimi Antonelli (ITA) Prema 1:48.281
3rd Kacper Sztuka (POL) US 1:48.465
20th Valentin Kluss (DEU) Jenzer Motorsport 1:49.436
29th Oleksandr Partyshev (UKR) Jenzer Motorsport 1:49.939
30th Ethan Ischer (CHE) Jenzer Motorsport 1:49.944
32nd Nandhavud Bhirombhakdi (THA) Jenzer Motorsport 1:50.175

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FIA Formula 4 Italian Championship

Race One (30 minutes + 1 lap)

Saturday, 22/10/22, 12.20, Weather: Overcast, 18°C

Grey clouds went low over Mugello circuit and threathend to bring some rain just when the F4 drivers went to the grid on Saturday midday for the first race of the weekend. Despite a few drops of rain, it stayed dry and we went racing. When the lights went out, Valentin managed a good start and was ready to fight for positions. Despite a brief wide moment, the German driver kept pushing and held on to his 17th place. Behind him, Oleksandr started very well and immediately gained five positions, conquering 20th place. Nandhavud was climbing his way up the order but then some cars just in front of him were in trouble. Nandhavud tried to avoid contact, but there was no room for him and was forced to go off into the grave trap as well. With that his race came to an early end. A safety car had to be deployed to clean the track from several cars wich finally stuck in the gravel. From 33rd place on the grid, Ethan didn’t make a good start and had to push hard to improve his position. When the safety car had to be deployed, the Swiss driver was already up in 28th position. At the restart and with 7 minutes to go, our drivers were ready to fight again to snatch some final positions before the checkered flag came out. Valentin crossed the line in 16th place, with Oleksandr right behind in 17th place (8 positions gained for him!). Ethan saw the finish line in a well recovered 25th place.

Race One Results
1st Kimi Antonelli (ITA) Prema 32:38.645  
2nd Alexander Dunne (IRL) US Gap 1.319
3rd Martinius Stenshorne (NOR) Van Amersvoort Gap 2.348
16th Valentin Kluss (DEU) Jenzer Motorsport    
17th Oleksandr Partyshev (UKR) Jenzer Motorsport    
25th Ethan Ischer (CHE) Jenzer Motorsport    
DNF: Nandhavud Bhirombhakdi (THA) Jenzer Motorsport    
Fastest lap: Kimi Antonelli (ITA) in 1:49.312

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FIA Formula 4 Italian Championship

Race Two (30 minutes + 1 lap)

Sunday, 23/10/22, 09.55, Weather: Overcast, 18°C

On Sunday morning, the penultimate race of the season got underway just as the lower clouds were lifting. Our drivers started well. Valentin managed to gain a few positons and was up in 22nd place, with Oleksandr behind him in 23rd place. Ethan and Nandhavud were moving forward as well and were now in 28th and 29th position. Ethan was then battling with Sperandio and unfortunately the two touched. Ethan then jumped over the kerbs, which resulted in a broken suspension. Ethan made it slowly back to the pits, but there was no choice but to retire from the race. Nandhavud went up to 27th position, but with his tyres derading he found it hard to keep the position. Nandhavud finally crossed the line in 32nd place. After a Safety car phase, Oleksandr was able to improve several positions and was already up in 16th position. Then he went wide and fell back to see the finish line in 22nd position. Valentin kept his drive steady and was able to handle the degradation of his tyres. He saw the checkered flag in 20th position.

Race Two Results
1st Kimi Antonelli (I) Prema 33:12.037  
2nd Alexander Dunne (IRL) US Gap 3.284
3rd Rafael Camara (BRA) Prema Gap 3.717
20th Valentin Kluss (DEU) Jenzer Motorsport    
22nd Oleksandr Partyshev (UKR) Jenzer Motorsport    
32nd Nandhavud Bhirombhakdi (THA) Jenzer Motorsport    
DNF: Ethan Ischer (CHE) Jenzer Motorsport    
Fastest lap: Kimi Antonelli (ITA) in 1:49.487

 

FIA Formula 4 Italian Championship

Race Three (28 minutes + 1 lap)

Sunday, 23/10/22, 16.55, Weather: Overcast, 21°C

The last race of the season got underway on Sunday late afternoon, with an extra formation lap as Weug placed herself in the wrong grid slot. When the lights went out at the start, disaster struck for Camara and Sztuka who ended up in the gravel trap and the safety car had to be deployed already in the opening lap. Valentin managed a brilliant start and conquered the 15th place already. Oleksandr moved to 24th place, with Nandhavud in 27th followed by Ethan in 28th. When the race got underway again, our drivers were ready to battle. Keeping it clean and showing nice moves, they were moving up the order. Valentin made an amazing move on Weug to snatch the 13th place. Oleksandr muscled his way up to 18th place. Nandhavud was in 21st place and Ethan in 23rd, both enjoying some nice fights. Another safety car had to be deployed and we went underway for the final 5 minutes of the season. Valentin crossed the line in a fantastic 12th place! Unfortunately, Oleksandr spun in the final corners and got stuck in the gravel without finishing the race. Nandhavud took a very good 20th position, with Ethan not far behind in a nice 24th place.

 

Race Three Results
1st Kimi Antonelli (I) Prema 31:14.114  
2nd Martinius Stenshorne (NOR) Van Amersvoort Gap 2.478
3rd Charlie Wurz (AUT) Prema Gap 3.534
12th Valentin Kluss (DEU) Jenzer Motorsport    
20th Nandhavud Bhirombhakdi (THA) Jenzer Motorsport    
24th Ethan Ischer (CHE) Jenzer Motorsport    
34th Oleksandr Partyshev (UKR) Jenzer Motorsport    
Fastest lap: Kimi Antonelli (ITA) in 1:49.433

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Thus ended the 2022 FIA F4 Italian Championship. The champion was Kimi Antonelli from Italy.


Oleksandr Partyshev (UKR)


Ethan Ischer (CHE)


Valentin Kluss (DEU)


Nandhavud Bhirombhakdi (THA)

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Championship Final Standings

FIA F4 Italian Championship 2022 after 21 races:
1st Kimi Antonelli (I), 362 points; 2nd Alexander Dunne (IRL), 259 points; 3rd Rafael Camara (BRA), 239 points; 4th Charlie Wurz (A), 200 points; 5th James Wharton (AUS), 166 points; 6th Kacper Sztuka (POL), 162 points; 21st Valentin Kluss (D), 4 points

Rookie-Standings:
1st Kimi Antonelli (I), 386 points; 2nd Rafael Camara (BRA), 289 points; 3rd Charlie Wurz (AUT), 265 points; 11th Valentin Kluss (D), 39 points; 26th Ethan Ischer (CH), 4 points; 27th Nandhavud Bhirombhakdi (THA), 2 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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