It was a bitter-sweet weekend for Joao Vieira in Imola, where the second round of the Italian F.4 Championship powered by Abarth took place.
The Brazilian driver of Antonelli Motorsport was back at the wheel of the #28 Tatuus at the Enzo and Dino Ferrari Circuit, willing to improve the result of the inaugural race in Adria, but he left the challenging track empty-handed. The premises to score another useful result were all in place, given what he had done in free practice and qualifying, managing to bring his car in the upper side of ranking. Unfortunately, the lack of experience with the car and with the 4.936 meters of the track have left him out of the score-zone, giving him, however, the chance to drive more miles.
“Imola was a weekend of apprenticeship. It’s a really challenging track. Some corners do not forgive the slightest mistake. For me it was the first time, having tried it only once in the simulator. We are only at the second appointment and I have accumulated miles and experience that will definitely be useful already at Mugello, in fifteen days”, Joao Vieira comments. “Now I will continue training at the Driver Program Center”.
“It’s has been a weekend of bas luck for Joao, even if the premises were good. He committed several mistakes, because of his inexperience, but I’m sure that he will hold them for the next round at Mugello, a very technical track that suits his driving style. I just regret that he missed a good result both in race-2, when he drove faster than in qualifying, and in race-3”, the manager Giovanni Minardi analyzes.