Gianluca Petecof’s weekend just gone in Monza was a tough one. The weather for the final round of the Italian Formula 4 championship featured occasional rain, so the track alternated between wet and dry. The Brazilian Ferrari Driver Academy student got off to a good start, qualifying third for Race 1.
Collision. Therefore there were legitimate hopes of a podium and in the first part of the race, Petecof was in the leading group. But then he was an innocent victim in a multiple car collision and dropped down to the back of the pack. Gianluca didn’t give up, working his way back to tenth, although disappointed at the missed opportunity.
Scare. His pace was encouraging for the second race at Monza, which he started from seventh on the grid and finished in fifth place. The points required to end up second in the championship seemed to be a formality for the FDA driver, but things did not go too well in Race 3. It began behind the Safety Car because of the rain and Petecof was managing his race, not far off the leaders, making sure he made no mistakes. But then, at the exit to the first chicane, Durksen got his car sideways just in front of Gianluca, who could not avoid a collision, ending up on top of the Paraguayan’s car.
Second by six points. A retirement in Race 3 might have been disastrous for Petecof’s championship aspirations, but his closest rival, Paul Aron could do no better than fifth, so that the Brazilian kept second place by six points.
Summary. “We started the season with the aim of fighting for the title,” commented Petecof. “And in the end, we finished second. I nearly missed out on that in the very last race, as I had to retire through no fault of my own. We achieved our minimum goal but I can’t deny I was expecting more at the end of a very intense season. Now is the time to analyse what we have done this year and understand how to prepare for the next one.”