Called by his team principal Marco Antonelli to continue with the Tatuus Formula 4 in view of next season in the Tricolor series that starts next April 10 at the Misano World Circuit, Joao Vieira has made himself available for the stable from Bologna, taking part to two days of collective tests.
The Brazilian driver, who well knows the organization of the Antonelli Motorsport and its single-seater having attended two Italian F4 Championship editions, has run almost 130 laps along the 4,226 meters of the circuit named in memory of Marco Simoncelli, and he scored the fastest lap without committing any error. The first day characterized by heavy rain and temperatures below 10°C helped the driver, already in the sphere of the Minardi Management, to find the pace again after four months spent away from the track. We have had much better weather conditions in the concluding session where Joao’s work focused on testing of set-up and ended with the best lap time 1.35.564.
“I am happy with Joao’s work in these two test days. Despite a four months stop, he has quickly found the pace proving to be also ready from an athletic point of view. Despite the first day’s difficult weather conditions, he hasn’t made any mistakes, ending the two days session with the best lap-time. We are working to define Joao’s programme, and I am sure that he will be able to be the protagonist, whatever the championship” manager Giovanni Minardi explains.
“I am really happy I had the opportunity to race these two days. It has been a good chance to prepare the new season. We have worked a lot on the set-up of the car , also thanks to the changing weather conditions. Being familiar with all the guys of the team has made everything easier” Joao Vieira says.