After fifteen days from the exciting weekend at Monza, Joao Vieira is ready to face the seventh and last round of the Italian F.4 Championship powered by Abarth at the Enzo and Dino Ferrari circuit in Imola.
Being confident of the second place won in the Temple of Speed and of many overtakings among the long straights of Brianza’s track, where he moved from twentieth position to podium’s area in less than 10 passes with a pace like first of the class, the Brazilian driver of Antonelli Motorsport is ready to fulfill his dream, going on the hunt for that victory, which still lacks him at the wheel of his Tatuus #28. The Circus of Tricolored F.4, organized by ACI-CSAI, promoted by WSK Promotion and strongly supported by FIA, is back to the Enzo and Dino Ferrari circuit, after hosting its 20 pilots during the second round. “I’ll try to recover the re-match against Imola. I still have a score to settle“, Joao Vieira says, smiling. For the 16-year-old, in fact, the weekend at Imola was particularly unfortunate. “The track has some very challenging sections and I like it a lot. For the first time since the beginning of the season, we’re going to drive on a circuit that I already know. So, I can start like any other. After a difficult weekend at Imola, I entered regularly in score-zone, winning the podium with a third and second place at Mugello and Monza. Now only the victory is missing. I’d like to end the season with success, given that I’ll drive in front of my friends“. For Joao this will be the “home-race”, living a little more than half an hour from the track. “Especially in Monza, my pace was constantly very fast, keeping pace with the top drivers of the standings. For a breath I also missed the pole“, the driver of Minardi Management concludes.
“I’m really satisfied with Joao’s developments. Since the beginning of the season, he has improved steadily, coming to fight with the first drivers of the championship. At Monza, the result could be even more important, especially in the sprint race, where he became the protagonist of a sensational recovery. Now, back to Imola, to end as best as he can this first season between the open-wheel“, the manager Giovanni Minardi analyzes.
As usual, the program will start on Friday, with two turns of free practice sessions of 40′, that will lead the way to Qualifying, scheduled at 05:25 pm and 05.50 pm, for the two races of 28′ + 1 lap on Saturday (at 11:50 am) and Sunday (at 01:00 pm ). In the middle, the sprint race of 18′ + 1 lap (on Saturday at 05:10 pm).