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Bearman wins again at Monza as late safety car thwarts Antonelli

by Roger Gascoigne

Photo: ACI Sport

Ollie Bearman took advantage of a late safety car restart to deny Andrea Kimi Antonelli and take his second victory of the Italian Formula 4 weekend at Monza with an excellent drive in tricky conditions.

Prema’s Antonelli had looked on course to take his maiden win in single-seaters but a poor restart gave Van Amersfoort Racing’s Bearman the chance to pass him with just two laps remaining.

Bearman made a forceful but fair move into the first chicane and was able to hold on to take the chequered flag.

The first two laps of the race were run behind the safety car due to the wet conditions caused by light rain preceding the start of the race.

Poleman Lorenzo Patrese, his AKM team having repaired the damaged Tatuus after his collision with Francesco Simonazzi at the end of the first race, held the lead into the first chicane with Sebastian Montoya edging into second.

Montoya was soon in front as Patrese spun exiting the Ascari chicane. One corner later, Leonardo Fornaroli lost his car at Parabolica, collecting Tim Tramnitz who was trying to pass him on the outside. Both spun through 360° and rejoined in ninth and tenth positions.

On lap 5 Montoya ran wide exiting Parabolica and the lost momentum onto the straight allowed Antonelli to pass his team-mate into the first chicane. Montoya lost a further place to Bearman at Roggia on the next lap.

With Bearman unable to close the gap to Antonelli, the young Italian looked comfortable in the lead and seemed on course to record his first win in only his third race weekend, despite having had minimal wet weather running in his brief F4 career to-date.

However, the race’s complexion changed abruptly when the safety car was deployed to allow the marshalls to remove Samir Ben’s car which was beached at the exit of Roggia.

As the safety car pulled into the pits, Antonelli made a poor restart, allowing Bearman to get a far superior exit out of Parabolica, drawing alongside down the pit straight before forcefully taking the lead into the first chicane.

Montoya also managed to squeeze past his team-mate, although Antonelli was able to hold off Joshua Duerksen of Mucke Motorsport to claim his second podium of the weekend.

Tramnitz was unable to get back on terms with the leaders after his early spin, although did manage to recover to sixth place. With Fornaroli not finishing after an off into the barriers at Ascari, the eight points were enough to guarantee Tramnitz the runner-up spot in the championship, despite Montoya’s second place.

Patrese recovered to take seventh, ahead of French series runner-up Maceo Capietto, guesting for Prema this weekend in the colours of sister team Iron Lynx.

Race results (13 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Ollie Bearman Van Amersfoort Racing 32m24.578s
2 Sebastian Montoya Prema Powerteam +0.995s
3 Andrea Kimi Antonelli Prema Powerteam +1.560s
4 Joshua Duerksen Mucke Motorsport +2.227s
5 Kirill Smal Prema Powerteam +2.930s
6 Tim Tramnitz US Racing +3.587s
7 Lorenzo Patrese AKM Motorsport +4.875s
8 Maceo Capietto Prema Powerteam +5.261s
9 Conrad Laursen Prema Powerteam +6.335s
10 Joshua Dufek Van Amersfoort Racing +6.356s
11 Nikita Bedrin Van Amersfoort Racing +8.284s
12 Francesco Simonazzi BVM Racing +9.209s
13 Santiago Ramos Jenzer Motorsport +9.255s
14 Vlad Lomko US Racing +10.237s
15 Pedro Perino US Racing +12.715s
16 Kacper Sztuka Iron Lynx +13.218s
17 Bence Valint Van Amersfoort Racing +13.601s
18 Erick Zuniga Mucke Motorsport +14.568s
19 Pietro Armanni Iron Lynx +15.599s
20 Georgis Markogiannis Cram Motorsport +16.360s
21 Oliver Gray BVM Racing +20.738s
22 Leonardo Bizzotto BVM Racing +21.144s
23 Robert de Haan Van Amersfoort Racing +21.262s
24 Levente Revesz AKM Motorsport +21.809s
25 Jonas Ried Mucke Motorsport +23.698s
26 Marcos Flack Cram Motorsport +24.174s
27 Jorge Garciarce Jenzer Motorsport +24.600s
28 Rocco Mazzola Cram Motorsport +27.537s
29 Maya Weug Iron Lynx +35.100s
30 Piotr Wisnicki Jenzer Motorsport +1 lap
31 Francesco Braschi Jenzer Motorsport +1 lap
32 Nicolas Baptiste Cram Motorsport +3 laps
33 Samir Ben Jenzer Motorsport +4 laps
Ret Leonardo Fornaroli Iron Lynx
Ret Hamda Al Qubaisi Prema Powerteam
Fastest lap: Duerksen, 2m11.154s

Championship standings (best 16 scores)
 Bearman 325   2 Tramnitz 222   3 Montoya 194   4 Smal 182   5 Fornaroli 180   6 Duerksen 163   7 Dufek 149   8 Bedrin 10   9 Laursen 52   10  Antonelli 49