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R01 - Imola - Italian F4 Race Preview

PREMA Racing ready for Italian Formula 4 Championship opener

R01 - Imola - Italian F4 Race Preview

PREMA Racing will be lining up for the opening round of the Italian Formula 4 Championship at Imola this weekend. The team has been racing in the series since it first burst on the motorsport scene, and is delighted to be back for the first chapter of its new era, featuring brand-new cars. The PREMA camp will feature five drivers, all of them coming from positive results in the German F4 championship opener at Spa-Francorchamps. 

Andrea Kimi Antonelli and Rafael Camara gained the favorite status with victories in Belgium. Both the Italian and the Brazilian want to start the Italian season in the same, positive way but will also face strong competitors, beginning with their teammates.

Conrad Laursen will be the most experienced of the bunch as he starts his second season in the championship. After claiming solid results in Belgium. On the other hand, F4 UAE Champion Charlie Wurz will be back to the series that got F4 started for him. However, the Austrian never ran at Imola last season, so he will be debuting at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari.

Like Camara, Australian James Wharton will be making his first European start coming from a victory-filled UAE season. The weather might be coming as an additional variable, and a valuable learning experience, as rain is on the forecast for the weekend. 


Angelo Rosin - Team Principal

"It's great to be back in the Italian Formula 4 Championship. We have deep roots in this series, and it's a perfect proving ground for our young drivers. We achieved impressive results in our 2022 F4 debut at Spa-Francorchamps, in the German Championship, and we want to translate that potential to our home championship as well. Imola is a tough place to start, especially with the forecast we expect and with a completely new car. However, we have five promising and competitive drivers who have performed remarkably in their first appearances of the year."


Weekend Timetable

Friday, May 6th, 2022
09:35 - Collective Test
13:20 - Free Practice 1
18:35 - Free Practice 2

Saturday, May 7th, 2022
09:00 - Qualifying
14:55 - Race 1

Sunday, May 8th, 2022
10:30 - Race 2
17:30 - Race 3