Gianluca Petecof came away from the Italian Formula 4 round at Mugello this weekend with a fourth and a sixth place. Overall, that was not as good a result as expected for the Brazilian Ferrari Driver Academy (FDA) driver, but at least Petecof kept his championship chances alive with a gritty performance all the way to the final chequered flag of the weekend.
Race-1. Petecof started from third and overtook team-mate Paul Aron to tuck in behind the race and series leader Dennis Hauger. At the restart after a Safety Car period, Gianluca attached the Norwegian, but a collision affected both of them and Petecof was given a 10 second penalty to be added to his race time which dropped him to 23rd place.
Races-2 and 3. In the second race in Tuscany, Petecof started from the third row and finished sixth. His best result came in Race 3 which was closely contested. He was fourth at the flag, a whisker away from the podium. Unfortunately, it meant that his chances of the title have gne, as it went to Race 3 winner Hauger, with one round still to go.
Disappointment. “We were expecting a lot going into this weekend, given the results last year at Mugello, with a win and three podium finishes,” commented Petecof. We started the weekend feeling very positive with the hope of keeping the title fight going, but it didn’t work out given how few points we picked up. These were tough days, but even if the championship is no longer a possibility, I will pick myself up and try and get back to where I deserve to be. I am looking forward to the next round in Monza in two weeks time when I will do my best to redeem myself.”