PREMA Powerteam is leaving Misano, home to the second round of the Italian Formula 4 Championship, with a hefty lead in both the driver and team classification. After winning twice at Vallelunga, 16-year-old Brazilian Gianluca Petecof grabbed one more win and a third-place finish at the Adriatic venue. Without the heavy thunderstorm that forced the stewards to cancel race 3, he could have had an even bigger chance to pull away in points. Race 1 saw him dominate from the word go, while in race 2 he fought as hard as he could to maximize his position.
Oliver Rasmussen proved to be a top contender too, battling for a podium finish and eventually ending up fourth in race 2 after taking a great fifth place in race 1. The Dane was the most affected driver by the cancellation of race 3 as he was deprived of the chance to start from his first career pole position, which highlighted his potential in qualifying trim.
Estonian Paul Aron also impressed. The 15-year-old racer put his raw speed to fruition at Misano with amazing qualifying results including a spectacular pole position for race 2. Unfortunately, contact with Petecof while he was battling for the win in race 1, and a grid infraction in race 2 meant that he could only salvage a fourth place. On the other hand, while he collected less than he deserved, Alessandro Famularo did not disappoint as he kept his name into the points zone with a seventh place in race 1.
# 5 - Gianluca Petecof
"It has been a very positive weekend for us. A pole position, a win in race 1 and a podium in race 2 even starting sixth, so we extended the championship lead to 56 points. We maximized what we could in the races. A shame about race 3 but I am already looking forward to the next event."
# 7 - Paul Aron
"I would say it was an okay weekend and I learned a lot. Qualifying went really well as I got a P2, a P1 and a P3. In race 1 we had very good speed. I tried an opportunistic move on Gianluca for P1 and it didn't turn out well. I touched him and fell to P4. In race 2 I made a mistake, missing my grid box and getting a drive-through penalty. That ruined the race even though on lap 1 we had shown great pace so I can't wait to be back racing."
#10 - Oliver Rasmussen
"It has been a good weekend overall. Unfortunately, we couldn't bring it on to race 3 but we had a good qualifying, good race 1 and 2. Now I need to correct some details in order to be able to put it all together. I think we made a good improvement compared to Vallelunga. There is still some work to do, but then the results will come."
# 11 - Alessandro Famularo
“It was a difficult race weekend for me. We had the pace on the dry and wet conditions, but I did a mistake that ruined my Q2 session. In race 1 I was running P5 with good pace but the tires started overheating a lot. I struggled a bit in race 2. We tried to go straight to slicks and it didn’t work, but we learn from the mistakes and we will push for the next one!"