At the Adria International Raceway, the 16 year-old Brazilian driver Joao Vieira has closed the first race of the Italian Championship F.4 powered by Abarth, the new championship strongly wanted by FIA and brought on track by ACI.
Coming from the world of Kart, at his debut at the wheel of F4 Tatuus T014 motorized Abarth 160 Hp, the young Brazilian of Antonelli Motorsport has ended the first of the seven appointments finishing in Top Ten and scoring the first point of the season.
In a line-up consisting of 22 open-wheel cars, Joao defended himself by closing the two qualifications in the first five rows, respectively with the eighth and ninth fastest lap. The greatest satisfaction came in the second of the three races, when he brought his #28 to ninth place, scoring the best result among the Antonelli’s boys, after being forced to recover in Race 1 for a not perfect start. It was a weekend of apprentice: at the Enzo e Dino Ferrari circuit of Imola, where the next race is scheduled for June 29th, he will be able to put into practice the experience gained.
“I am very pleased with the weekend of Joao. Given the lack of experience, it was a very good weekend. He has made a big leap in quality since the last day of testing, done just in Adria, but unfortunately we paid some electrical problems that caused a lost in power to the engine. Diversely, in Race 3 we could have scored a very good result, considering that before the retirement from the race we were in seventh position, going as fast as the group before us. However, again, a nice weekend and in constant improvement, which bodes well for the next round at Imola, even if we talk about a much harder track which he doesn’t know”, Giovanni Minardi comments.