PREMA Powerteam experienced a highly positive weekend at the famed Zandvoort Park. The Dutch track, located on the North Sea shores just outside Amsterdam, was home to the fourth round of the German Formula 4 Championship. In addition to the wins secured by the team including a 1-2 finish in race 2, the round at the historic venue saw brilliant rebounds.
In race 1, Alessandro Famularo spectacularly delivered his maiden career win. The 15-year-old Venezuelan was the only driver in the field to start with slick tires and passed car after car to move up to the lead. Famularo legitimated his win with a brilliant final part of the race, as he stayed out front after a late safety-car regrouped the pack. He then secured more valuable points with the 8th place in race 3.
In race 2, Paul Aron, rebounding from a DNF in race 1, claimed his second win of the season in the German Series. The Estonian rookie was the class of the field, crossing the finish line in front of his team-mate Oliver Rasmussen. Aron wrapped up another stellar showing in his first season in single-seaters, while the Dane put it all together, grabbing a well-deserved first podium of the season.
Brazilian Gianluca Petecof had the toughest weekend of all. In race 1, he finished fifth, while a drive-through in race 2 pushed him out of the points zone. In race 3, unfortunate contact involved three PREMA Powerteam cars. Petecof and Aron were forced to retire, while Rasmussen was able to take evasive action and went on to secure another points finish in P9.
# 3 - Paul Aron
“My weekend was not the best. It wasn’t bad either but we could have scored more points. I crashed in race 1 which was my mistake. We didn’t have the best strategy so I had fallen to P5 after the pit-stop from P2. Unluckily, I spun on the last lap. On the other hand, race 2 was very good and I managed to get the win at the end of a pretty tense run. Gianluca had quite a good pace but I held him off at the beginning which was what I wanted. In race 3, Oliver got into me and I ended up with a rear right puncture, also bumping into Gianluca. It was done for the day so I had to come to the pits and retire. I need to be back with a stronger approach at Nurburgring so to finish all three races.”
# 5 - Gianluca Petecof
"The races were disappointing in many ways after how our qualifying had been with P3 and P1. We had a nice race 1, then in race 2 a penalty I do not agree with cost us a podium and with race 3 ending in a first-lap contact, we were pushed back in the championship a lot. Not what we wanted, not what we deserved and not what we had worked for. We showed our potential and pace, that’s the most important thing, and we will have another shot at it next weekend at the Nurburgring.”
# 10 - Oliver Rasmussen
“It has been a good weekend overall, we had a good pace in various conditions, we worked well together and we were fighting for the good points, no surprise that we still have to work but we are on the right path. I’m very happy with my first podium with Prema, but it’s only the first of many. Now we have to focus to fully prepare Nurburgring.”
# 11 - Alessandro Famularo
“I’m extremely happy with the win in race one. The team did an excellent choice with the tires, even if it was risky because of the rain. Race 2 was complicated but we still got some overtakes and gained positions. Race 3 had a really good start, but 4 drivers in front were battling wheel to wheel so I had to back off a bit and lost some positions. In the end, we got a good P8 starting from P12.”