PREMA Powerteam and its Formula 4 operation will spring back into action this weekend at the Roman track of Vallelunga. The traditional 4-kilometre venue welcomes teams and drivers for the beginning of the summer stint of the series, which will include runs at Imola and Red Bull Ring.
For round 3, there is exciting news for the team with the addition of a fifth car for 15-year-old Austrian Charlie Wurz. The second-generation racer, son of former F1 driver and 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Alexander Wurz, will make his competitive debut in single-seaters after undergoing a successful testing programme.
The rest of the team’s line-up is unchanged, with Russian Kirill Smal as the current frontrunner with P4 in the championship. Smal has already one win under his belt and is being trailed by teammate Sebastian Montoya. The 16-year-old Colombian-American found his way to the podium at Misano and having shown winning potential, is hoping to reap the benefits from his form and commitment.
Coming from her outstanding podium finish at Misano, 18-year-old Emirati female racer Hamda Al Qubaisi is back on track on another classic Italian venue to carry on her momentum. While he didn't have much luck in his first few outings of the season, 16-year-old Dane Conrad Laursen is looking to put his good pace to fruition.
The weekend will feature a fast-paced schedule, a new variable for the drivers with two practice session and qualifying on Saturday and all three races four hours apart on an action-packed Sunday.
Angelo Rosin - Team Principal
"The Vallelunga weekend will be interesting. We are delighted to see Charlie make his competitive debut. It's always exciting for us when a young driver makes the step. He is a quick learner, and we are confident he will be competitive with the hard work he has done in testing so far. In terms of the championship, we are entering a key moment. It will be important to stabilize our performance on a high level with all our drivers, as the middle part of the season is always where things get shaped out for the rest of the year. In addition, the weekend will be tricky for the compact schedule, but it's a challenge, and as with every challenge, we will give our 100 per cent."