PREMA Powerteam didn’t experience an easy weekend at Red Bull Ring in the fourth round of the Italian Formula 4 Championship. Lining-up at the tricky Austrian venue, the Italian squad eventually brought home a spectacular win with Estonian Paul Aron but faced troubled qualifying sessions which led to tough races. The Estonian was the man on a move in race 1 when he got the lead at the first corner and never looked back, keeping his closest contender at bay. Despite contact damage in race 2, Aron was able to finish third overall and P1 among rookies in race 3. He is now also third overall in the driver standings.
Gianluca Petecof remains at the top of the championship table. The quick Brazilian suffered in qualifying and a track limits penalty pushed him down in race 1. In race 2, he posted a ninth-place finish while in the third and final heat of the weekend, he put up an extremely competitive pace recovering from the eighth place on the grid to the fourth place at the end.
Venezuelan Alessandro Famularo once again impressed for his potential and got three top-10 finishes, although race situations prevented him from securing more points and the pole position in qualifying 2. The weekend of Danish racer Oliver Rasmussen was heavily impacted by qualifying. He recorded one points finish but his performance was constantly improving especially in race 3, when he fought from P14 to P11 in an extremely competitive pack.
PREMA Powerteam will be back for the German ADAC-sanctioned Formula 4 series in a couple of weeks at Hockenheim, while the Italian Championship will be back on-track at the end of August.
# 5 - Gianluca Petecof
"It was definitely the toughest weekend of the year for us. Not pace wise, because in qualifying we achieved third and seventh place initially in front of our main competitor for the championship. Unfortunately, due to my mistakes, we lost our best lap times due to track limits and having to start P9, P15 and P8, of course, didn't make our life any easier. We struggled to overtake as it's difficult to stay behind on this track so I couldn't gain a lot of spots. In the last race, the pace was really really good. We got the best lap but it's not something to be too proud of because our weekend was so much under the expectations. We look forward to fighting back in the next."
# 7 - Paul Aron
"I think it has been a really good weekend. We brought home some good points again so I'm quite happy and also got a win so that's definitely pretty cool. On the other hand, race 2 wasn't so good as I didn't learn from my mistakes from the last time: I wasn't careful enough and ended with some damage so I didn't get points. I will try to learn this time so hopefully next weekend I can bring more points home."
# 10 - Oliver Rasmussen
"For sure this was one of my toughest and most disappointing weekends of the year. It didn't start well in qualifying as I didn't manage to put the laps together. We knew that starting from the back, it was going to be hard in the races and that's what happened. Unfortunately, I only scored one point this weekend. We have to come back stronger in the next rounds."
# 11 - Alessandro Famularo
"Practice hasn't been bad, but then I found a lot of traffic in qualifying 1 and in qualifying 2 I was on pole for most of the session losing out due to the red flag. Race 1 was not bad but in race 2 I got a little disappointed as I could have finished in the top-3 but made a mistake on the wet. In race 3 everything was good, but after a little contact with Paul, I started to feel my car a little bit weird. Also, I didn't expect the restart. I managed it well but I got hit again and lost a little bit of pace. Overall I can say I've been a bit unlucky again and also made some mistakes, but we look forward to doing better and better."