Maisano, Prema complete championship sweep at Monza
After cruising to title in the Italian Formula 4 Championship with Lance Stroll at Vallelunga, Prema Powerteam completed the job at Monza by capturing both the Drivers and Teams Trophy. Brandon Maisano nailed the pole position in qualifying 2 and a podium finish in Race 3, celebrating his win in the Trophy standings with one race still to go and also helping the team to reaffirm its supremacy among teams.
The three races weren't easy for the Prema squad, with multiple incidents involving all its team members. The first to abandon the ground was Takashi Kasai. The Japanese driver rear-ended another car, not realizing that the yellow flags were exposed. Unfortunately, his chassis was damaged beyond repair and was prevented from racing on Sunday's two races.
Despite proving extremely quick in qualifying, Maisano was slowed down by the safety-car sent on-track to recover his team-mate's Tatuus racer. Then in Race 2 he was wiped away at the Roggia chicane by another car. Canadian Lance Stroll, who got two podium finishes in the first two races, was stuck in between cars at the start and suffered from an unavoidable contact that forced him to retire in Race 3.
Renè Rosin - Team Manager
“Monza always provides many unknowns. Luckily, the hardest break came when most part of the championship fight was decided. The title grabbed by Brandon Maisano and by the whole Team capped a perfect season for Prema. We won all the titles available in the Formula 4 Italia championship. Regarding the crashes, I'm happy that Kasai is OK, because his contact was really risky. On the other hand, Brandon couldn't do anything to avoid tangling with Russo, who was also penalized by the stewards. Unfortunately, Lance was also involved in a crash during the action-packed initial stages, but he didn't report any serious consequence".