Returning from the points achieved in the opening race of the Italian Formula 4 Championship powered by Abarth in Misano, at Adria he gained the second place in the first Qualifying Heats after having signing the third place in qualifying just 76 thousandths away from pole position.
Started from the second row, the driver of the Antonelli Motorsport puts Cunati under pressure overtaking him at the 15th lap and ends the race second, gaining the first seasonal podium. Thanks to the fourth place conquered in the second round, Joao entered into the Final and greeted the second event with the fourth place, after fighting a lot of time for the second position. Thanks to his 42 points, Joao gets to the fifth place in the overall standings.
“It was certainly a positive weekend with the second place in race-1. We still have engine problems, so we lost a lot, despite the short straights. I will have to count on qualifying with the aim to start my race as forward as possible. So I will try to defend myself in the race, even if it will be more difficult in the fast circuits”, explains Joao Vieira who is going to come back on the track for a testing day in Imola in view of the upcoming event at the end of this month.
“The glass is half full because we come back with a podium and 42 points. The potential of Joao and of the team is surely higher, but once again the engine didn’t support us. In the short straights at Adria Joao couldn’t close his attacks”, manager Giovanni Minardi explains.