FIA Formula 4 Italy
FIA Formula 4 Italy
FIA Formula 4 Italy
FIA Formula 4 Italy
FIA Formula 4 Italy
FIA Formula 4 Italy
FIA Formula 4 Italy
FIA Formula 4 Italy

Race Report


Circuit: Mugello (I), Length 5.245 km, 29th September – 1st October 2023

Ethan Ischer (CH), Ariel Elkin (ISR); Hwarang Kim KOR)

Elking close to the top ten in Mugello

The sixth of the seven races of the Italian FIA F4 Championship took place at the fast GP circuit of Mugello. Thirty-four cars were entered.


Saturday, 30/09/23, 10.20 – 11.00, Weather: Sunny, 25°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 Sztuka Kacper (POL) US 1.47.191
2nd Tuukka Taponen (FIN) Prema 1.47.197
3rd Ugo Ugochukwu (USA) Prema 1.47.379
23rd Ariel Elkin (ISR) Jenzer Motorsport 1.48.379
24th Ethan Ischer (CH) Jenzer Motorsport 1.48.521
28th Hwarang Kim (KOR) Jenzer Motorsport 1.49.014

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Results Qualifying 2 & Grid for Race Two
1st Kacper Sztuka (POL) US 1.47.224
2nd Ugo Ugochukwu (USA) Prema 1.47.262
3rd Arvid Lindblad (GBR) Prema 1.47.315
19th Ariel Elkin (ISR) Jenzer Motorsport 1.48.316
22nd Ethan Ischer (CH) Jenzer Motorsport 1.48.508
27th Hwarang Kim (KOR) Jenzer Motorsport 1.48.913

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Grid for Race Three
1st Kacper Sztuka (POL) US  
2nd Ugo Ugochukwu (OL) Prema  
3rd Tuukka Taponen (FIN) Prema  
24th Ethan Ischer (CH) Jenzer Motorsport  
25th Ariel Elkin (ISR) Jenzer Motorsport  
28th Hwarang Kim (KOR) Jenzer Motorsport  

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FIA Formula 4 Italian Championship

Race One (30 minutes + 1 lap)

Saturday, 30/09/23, 17.50, Weather: Sunny, 28°C

The first race of the weekend got underway on Saturday late afternoon, as the sun was setting down on the circuit. From the 22nd spot on the grid, Ariel had a good start and kept his position. Behind him, Ethan had a brilliant getaway and moved past his teammate, up to 20th place. Hwarang also started well and he gained places, moving from 30th place to 26th position. A Safety Car had to be deployed already by the end of the opening lap, but the race quickly resumed on lap 3. Our drivers took advantage of the restart to gain positions with Ariel now in 18th place, Ethan in 20th and Hwarang in 24th. During the middle stage of the race, our drivers remained in the group for the fight and managed to keep their position, leaving the best for the last laps. When the chequered flag waved, Ariel took 14th place! Ethan was not far behind, in 17th position, while Hwarang crossed the line in 20th position after recovering 10 places!

Race One Results
1st Kacper Sztuka (POL) US 32.55.821  
2nd Ugo Ugochukwu (USA) Prema Gap 1.594
3rd Arvid Lindblad (ENG) Prema Gap 9.389
14th Ariel Elkin (ISR) Jenzer Motorsport    
17th Ethan Ischer (CH) Jenzer Motorsport    
20th Hwarang Kim (KOR) Jenzer Motorsport    
Fastest lap: Kacper Sztuka (POL) in 1:48.927


FIA Formula 4 Italian Championship

Race Two (30 minutes + 1 lap)

Sunday, 23/07/23, 10.10, Weather: Sunny, 18°C

The start of the second race was given on Sunday morning under clear skies with a cool temperature, which increased during the course of the race. Ariel started in 19th position, while Ethan had an excellent start in 20th position and moved up two positions on the first lap. Kim started in 27th position and immediately started to fight. A safety car had to take the field over at the end of the first lap and when the race resumed, our drivers managed to improve their positions. Lap after lap, Ethan was in a very good rhythm and moved up to 16th position. Unfortunately, with 5 minutes to go, the safety car came in again as Lindblad and Badoer collided. After that no time was left on the clock and the race ended behind the safety car. Ethan finished race two in 14th position, two positions behind him was Ariel in 16th position while Hwarang managed to move up to 25th place.

Race Two Results
1st Kacper Sztuka (POL) US 34.36.311  
2nd Ugo Ugochukwu (USA) Prema Gap 0.389
3rd Akshay Bohra (SGP) Prema Gap 0.304
14th Ethan Ischer (CH) Jenzer Motorsport    
16th Ariel Elkin (ISR) Jenzer Motorsport    
25th Hwarang Kim (KOR) Jenzer Motorsport    
Fastest lap: Sztuka Kacper (POL) in 1:48.796


FIA Formula 4 Italian Championship

Race Three (30 minutes + 1 lap)

Sunday, 01/10/23, 16.50, Weather: Sunny, 32°C

After a long, hot afternoon, the third race of the weekend got started. Soon there was an accident and the safety car had to take over the field. At the start and also at the restart, our drivers did well and improved their positions. Ariel was now 17th, Ethan 20th and Hwarang 25th. Ariel managed to gain place after place in the subsequent laps. He made it up to 12th place, gaining a total of 10 places. Ethan was also fighting for positions, but in this race he had his worst tires available and ultimately had to settle for taking home 19th position. It took Hwarang a few laps until he finally found his rhythm and managed to move up 9 positions from 27th on the grid to 18th.

Race Three Results
1st Kacper Sztuka (POL) US 30.36.019  
2nd Ugo Ugochukwu (US) Prema Gap 2.885
3rd James Wharton (AUS) Prema Gap 4.096
12th Ariel Elkin (ISR) Jenzer Motorsport    
18th Hwarang Kim (KOR) Jenzer Motorsport    
19th Ethan Ischer (CH) Jenzer Motorsport    
Fastest lap: Sztuka Kacper (POL) in 1:49.628

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Ethan Ischer (CH)

Hwarang Kim (KOR)

Ariel Elkin (ISR)

© Photo Pellegrini

Championship Standings

FIA F4 Italian Championship 2023 after 18 races:
1st Kacper Sztuka (POL), 258 points; 2nd Arvid Lindblad (SWE), 256.5 points; 3rd Ugo Ugochukwu (USA), 240 points; 4th James Wharton (AUS), 177.5 points; 5th Tuukka Taponen (FIN), 145 points; 6th Brando Badoer (ITA), 136 points; 22nd Ariel Elkin, 6.5 points

1st Arvid Lindblad (SWE), 317.5 points; 2nd Tuukka Taponen (FIN), 234.5 points; 3rd Zachary David (PHL), 200.5 points; 10th Ariel Elkin (ISR), 66 points

2023 Italian FIA Formula 4 Championship

21/22/23 April Imola (I)  
05/06/07 May Misano (I)  
26/27/28 May Spa (B)  
23/24/25 June Monza (I)  
21/22/23 July Paul Ricard (F)  
29/30 Sept – 01 Oct Mugello (I)  
13/14/15 October Vallelunga (I)  

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