The Italian Formula 4 Championship has started its third season at the Misano World Circuit. In the weekend, we watched 20 team at the start, and 41 drivers coming from 21 different nations. At the starting lines, seven Italian drivers defended themselves against Mick Schumacher who dominated the stage with two successes and with the fourth place in the Final won by Siebert ahead Vips and Guzman.
The high number of subscriptions forced organizers to modify the Championship format, dividing competitors (by drawing lots) in two different qualifying tournaments. Then the drivers are divided in three groups (A, B, and C) based on the overall standings. Each of these Groups competes for two qualifying races (A vs B; B vs C; A vs C that gives points for Championship standings). Then, an overall standings with the sum of every driver’s points is filled out. The first 36 drivers classified enter into the Final.
“This karting format is very appreciated, especially by stranger teams and by drivers themselves. Everyone has at least the chance to run two races, given that 36 out of 41 drivers enter into the Final. In spite of a very changeable weather, all the drivers proved to live up to the race, with Schumacher as a star performer of the opening weekend, despite the heavy media pressure. He will have to confirm his talent as a sprinter in next events” Gian Carlo Minardi says. “We had three intense and fighting races, especially in Final with 36 single-seaters on the track. As Aci, we are very satisfied with this Championship debut”, the manager from Faenza concludes.
The schedule of the Circus will go on in Adria (May,8), Imola (May 29 and September 25) Mugello (July, 17) Vallelunga (September, 11), and Monza October, 30 with the great finale.
In overall standings Mick Schumacher (Prema) leads the group with 60 points, ahead of Guzman Marchina Raul (58) and Siebert Marcos (56).