PREMA Powerteam experienced an outstanding weekend in Vallelunga as the Italian Formula 4 Championship got underway with plenty of action at the Roman venue. Gianluca Petecof was definitely the match winner. The Brazilian, Ferrari Driver Academy-supported prospect impressed with two outstanding wins in race 1 and 3. After taking the honours in the opening heat, he was narrowly beaten, and later penalized for a safety-car infraction in race 2. Then, he put up a huge show in the rain-delayed race 3. Despite the many safety-car disruptions, he climbed up to P2 at the start and then cruised to take the win on the last lap. As a result, he is also leading the overall driver classification.
His teammates had a rougher weekend courtesy of the conditions which led to plenty of incidents. Venezuelan Alessandro Famularo was impressive for his pace and consistency and was able to secure his first podium finish in race 1, but was then crashed out of contention in both race 2 and 3. Similar luck hit Estonian Paul Aron. The 15-year-old showed great speed and attitude, scoring 5th in race 1. He was then involved in two contacts. On the other hand, 18-year-old Dane Oliver Rasmussen emerged from the pack with two points finishes, securing P6 and P7 in race 1 and 3 respectively.
The next round for the series will be on May 17 to 19 at Misano World Circuit.
# 5 - Gianluca Petecof
"Overall it has been a great weekend. Race 2 was the only setback, as I managed to get P2 on track but made a mistake, which ended up costing us the position as I was finally classified 5th. We cannot, however, be much happier than this with a pole position, 2 wins and the lead of the championship. The Team was flawless. What a great start to the Championship!"
# 7 - Paul Aron
“For sure we didn’t have the luckiest weekend. While race 1 went well, I got boxed-in and touched in race 2 and I was hit again in race 3. It’s a bit of a pity because the conditions were not a problem and the speed was good all weekend. We just got a lot of bad luck. We look forward to taking the same good pace into the next round.”
# 10 - Oliver Rasmussen
"Not the easiest weekend in Vallelunga. I managed to score good points so it’s looking good for the championship in terms of following the leaders. Ended the weekend gaining some good insight, we were able to learn some things and I’m hoping to make the most of this experience to make the future races better."
# 11 - Alessandro Famularo
"We had very good potential this weekend since the test and Free Practice. We were however very unlucky in Qualifying 2, Race 2 and Race 3 as I got hit by a car in both races. Race 1 was pretty positive. I hope we can continue to bring points home for the Team in a similar way. We’re still improving and we keep learning. "