Round 3 of the Italian Formula 4 Championship turned out to be a tough one to tame at Hungaroring for the teams and drivers of the series, as the venue close to Budapest led to three races full of attrition and unexpected circumstances.
PREMA Powerteam eventually managed to come out of the weekend with multiple podium finishes and an extremely hard-fought win with Brazilian Gianluca Petecof in Race 3. After stalling at the start, the Brazilian was reinstated to the front row by a red flag. Then he took the lead and never looked back. Even when the rain came in the final stages, he fought as hard as he could to maintain control and wrap it up for the win. Petecof had already scored a second place in race 1 and a P4 in race 2. He is still leading the series.
Two more overall podiums came thanks to Estonian Paul Aron, who also scored two rookie wins before contact saw him crash out of contention in the final lap of race 3. Nonetheless, Aron continued to show great potential and progress. More points came for Oliver Rasmussen and Alessandro Famularo. The Dane took two sixth-place finishes after posting the second-fastest lap of qualifying 2. The Venezuelan scored a top-5 in race 1 before being demoted due to a penalty. He then rebounded to 10th place in race 3 after contact in race 2 and a subsequent grid drop.
The next round for the Italian Formula 4 Series will be in just less than one week at Red Bull Ring.
# 5 - Gianluca Petecof
“Tough weekend overall, but we ended it on a high. I think we weren’t where we wanted to be pace-wise. In qualifying, we were second fastest but we had some gap, but the races were positive overall with good points. Race 3 was awesome, we couldn’t have asked for a better ending and there were a lot of emotions during the race as well. At the beginning, I made a mistake and stalled but the red flag helped us a lot as it enabled us to restart in front. I stayed in the lead, and from then on it was really hard to manage. In the end, with the rain, it was the most tricky part. Fortunately, I was able to stay in the lead.”
# 7 - Paul Aron
“The weekend in Hungary went pretty well for me. In qualifying, we missed a bit of pace from pole but otherwise, I think we had quite good pace. We managed to gain some points in R1 and R2, finishing 3rd. Sadly had to end the good weekend with a crash, but overall I’m quite happy and I'll do my best to recover for Red Bull Ring.”
# 10 - Oliver Rasmussen
“It has been a weekend full of learning and understanding, I will need to manage everything better so that the results can finally come. We can see that work starts to pay off but my mistakes are disturbing the potential results.”
# 11 - Alessandro Famularo
“We had some bad luck in race 1, then in race 2, we got a race incident which was my mistake as well. In the last race I did all I could to get some points for the championship but I think the issue is mainly some bad luck in both the Italian and German championship. We are fast but we need to put it all together, drive safely and get better results.”