Enzo Fittipaldi reckoned he could win in Imola and so he did, in Race 3 of what was a busier than usual weekend with the addition of a fourth race to make up for the one cancelled because of bad weather in Vallelunga. Fittipaldi was happy with his win, but overall, with a fourth a seventh and a retirement, the 18 year old Brazilian was not happy.
A complicated weekend. “Overall, this was a difficult weekend,” confirmed the FDA student. “We still need to work on qualifying performance and I didn’t manage to put together the sort of lap time I was capable of and there was a bit of confusion. Qualifying is something we will work on right from the next round in Barcelona. In Race 4 I had to retire after a collision but that’s racing, so I’m just to concentrate on the upcoming races. I want to thank the team, because the car was fantastic all weekend.”
The races. Fittipaldi started Race 1 from fifth and made the most of the restart after the Safety Car, getting past Frederik Vesti and Raul Guzman at Rivazza. However, Vesti got past again and Fittipaldi crossed the finish line in fourth place. In Race 2, he finished seventh before taking his second win of the season in Race 3. He controlled his ead over Vesti who had a 5 second penalty and beat Igor Fraga by seven tenths of a second. The final race was very short, as he was hit by David Schumacher in the very early stages. The Imola results see Fittipaldi maintain second place in the championship, 75 points down on Vesti.
Formula 4. Imola also staged a fourth race for the Formula 4 field, to make up for the race lost at Misano. Gianluca Petecof made it to the podium twice, but the Brazilian was less than pleased with his overall points tally. “Overall, this wasn’t the weekend we wanted,” he said. “Especially because our main rival for the title did very well. Now the scenario is not that clear, but there are still two rounds to go and 150 points on offer. Ahead of us are two tracks I really like, Mugello where I won last year and Monza. I will fight all the way to the very end pushing to the last lap of the last race.”
Classification. A second and a third means Petecof confirms his second place in the championship on 202 points, 53 behind the leader, Denis Hauger. Italian Formula r is back on track on 6 October at Mugello for the penultimate round of the season.