Enzo Fittipaldi’s Mugello weekend was tougher than expected as he tackled the penultimate round of the European Formula Regional series. The Brazilian Ferrari Driver Academy (FDA) student scored two fourth places and a sixth which consolidates his second place in the championship, which has already been won this year by Frederic Vesti. Fittipaldi has 306 points, 41 more than David Schumacher in third, with one round remaining.
Comments. “We had a very strong pace at this track in testing and I was expecting to have a very positive weekend,” said Fittipaldi. “But unfortunately, right from qualifying we didn’t do as well as expected. Afrer that, we had a good pace in the second and third races, while in the first one we had some problems linked to the choice of set-up which rather penalised our performance. But we also have to acknowledge the work of some of our rivals, which were very competitive over the course of the weekend.”
Poor qualifying. “What made the weekend tough was definitely qualifying, because starting a long way back made it hard to fight for the win and usually it’s even difficult to aim for the podium. In Race 3, we saw that Vesti, who won the first two races lost places and then couldn’t get back higher than fourth because of the lack of slipstreaming effect with these cars. It’s not an easy time, but I think that, as a driver, this weekend has helped me progress and improve and that’s the most important thing. My feedback has improved, as has my driving with every lap I do.” The final round of the European Formula Regional series takes place at Monza in a fortnight.