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Drudi completes historic hat-trick at Monza

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
Photo: ACI Sport

Photo: ACI Sport

Mattia Drudi became the first driver in Italian F4 to pick up three race wins in a single weekend.

Drudi converted a front row start into his third victory of the penultimate round at Monza and his fourth in the series overall.

Poleman Brandon Maisano got a much better start off the line than the F & M racer, but his advantage was almost immediately neutralized due to a safety car.

Indeed, there was mayhem behind the duo as series champion Lance Stroll tried to overtake third-placed Joao Vieira off the line and ended up collecting an unsighted Sennan Fielding to his left.

The safety car didn’t stay out for long and, shortly after the restart, Drudi attempted a bold move on Maisano for the lead round the outside of turn one and succeeded.

From that point on, the Italian would be untouchable, managing his gap to Maisano and eventually taking the flag by 1.6s.

Maisano came under slight pressure from Vieira early in the race, but kept the Brazilian racer at bay before puling away from him. The Frenchman was within a second of Drudi in the final minutes, but couldn’t find the pace to make a challenge.

Vieira settled for third, running a comfortable race to secure his first podium in the category.

Alain Valente was fourth for Jenzer, while Diegi Motorsport’s Andrea Russo fought his way up from 18th on the grid to finish fifth, narrowly ahead of Matteo Desideri.

Robert Schwartzman managed a late overtake on compatriot Ivan Matveev to pick up seventh, with the latter settling for eighth. Leonardo Pulcini ran among the frontrunners in the early stages of the contest, but eventually tumbled down to ninth as Edi Haxhiu completed the top ten.

Race results
Pos. Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Mattia Drudi F&M Srl 15 laps in 31:04.327
2 Brandon Maisano Prema Powerteam +1.601
3 Joao Vieira Antonelli Motorsport +5.077
4 Alain Valente Jenzer Motorsport +8.353
5 Andrea Russo Antonelli Motorsport +10.079
6 Matteo Desideri Antonelli Motorsport +10.661
7 Robert Schwartzman Cram Motorsport +13.614
8 Ivan Matveev SMP Racing by Euronova +14.327
9 Leonardo Pulcini DAV Racing +16.603
10 Edi Haxhiu Cram Motorsport +17.302
11 Lucas Mauron Jenzer Motorsport +25.245
12 Mahaveer Raghunathan F&M Srl +25.852
13 Bar Baruch Israel F4 by Torino +31.128
14 Nico Rindlisbacher Jenzer Motorsport +33.923
15 Ali Al Khalifa Jenzer Motorsport +34.964
16 Jonathan Giudice Diegi Motorsport +42.440
17 Andrea Fontana Euronova Racing +1 lap
Not classified
Sennan Fielding Euronova Racing +14 laps
Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam +15 laps