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Enzo Fittipaldi win takes Italian F4 title fight to final race at Mugello

by Bethonie Waring

The Italian Formula 4 title fight will go down to the final race after Enzo Fittipaldi beat rival Leonardo Lorandi to victory in a disrupted race two at Mugello.

Championship leader Lorandi reduced poleman Fittipaldi’s two second lead to almost nothing in just two laps, pulling alongside Fittipaldi on the run up to the chequered flag. He didn?t quite have enough to snatch victory from Lorandi, who had led through multiple safety car restarts, and finished just 0.028 seconds behind.

Victory for Fittipaldi puts him just two points behind Lorandi in the championship standings, but the gap switches to two the other way when dropped scores is taken into account.

Due to wet conditions, the field spent 10 minutes behind the safety car at the start of the race. With just under 19 minutes on the clock, the race started proper, with second place starter Olli Caldwell immediately coming under pressure from Gianluca Petecof and Lorandi.

Racing lasted less than a lap before a multi-car accident towards the back of the field brought out a red flag. Two cars had spun in the slippery conditions and collected several others which were unable to stop in time, while many lost control of their cars as they tried to swerve to avoid the accident.

The field lined back up in starting order, with Lorandi and Petecof back behind Caldwell despite managing to pass the Prema driver on the initial start.

The race restarted behind the safety car again, with racing resuming with just over five minutes left on the clock.

Lorandi immediately snatched third from Petecof and set about challenging Caldwell for second while Fittipaldi enjoyed a strong start to pull away from the battle. Caldwell managed to put up a better defence on the second time of asking, but Lorandi was able to find a way through to take second, leaving the Brit to defend against team-mate Petecof.

Petecof claimed third, while a fourth place finish for Caldwell puts him out of the fight for the title. Giorgio Carrara took fifth, ahead of Federico Malvestiti, Gregoire Saucy and Lorenzo Colombo, the latter two who took R-ace GP’s first points finishes in its debut weekend.


Race results (7 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Enzo Fittipaldi Prema 19m43.221s
2 Leonardo Lorandi Bhaitech +0.028s
3 Gianluca Petecof Prema +6.814s
4 Olli Caldwell Prema +10.651s
5 Giorgio Carrara Jenzer Motorsport +12.380s
6 Federico Malvestiti Jenzer Motorsport +14.093s
7 Gregoire Saucy R-ace GP +14.519s
8 Lorenzo Colombo R-ace GP +17.210s
9 Andreas Estner Van Amersfoort Racing +18.674s
10 Marzio Morertti BVM Racing +22.107s
11 William Alatalo Mucke Motorsport +22.456s
12 Amaury Cordeel Alma Racing +23.728s
13 Ido Cohen Mucke Motorsport +27.572s
14 Alessandro Famularo Bhaitech +33.325s
15 Daniel Vebster Cram Motorsport +39.623s
16 Sebastian Estner Van Amersfoort Racing +47.514s
17 Andrea Dell’Accio Cram Motorsport +51.175s
18 Jesse Salmenautio AS Motorsport +52.137s
19 Ilya Morozov Bhaitech +52.302s
20 Fabio Venditti Corbetta Competizioni +1m18.589s
21 Amna Al Qubaisi Prema +2 laps
Ret Lucas Alecco Roy Van Amersfoort Racing
Ret Petr Ptacek Bhaitech
Ret Oliver Rasmussen Jenzer Motorsport
Ret Umberto Laganella Cram Motorsport
Ret Niklas Krutten Mucke Motorsport
Ret Emilio Cipriani Cram Motorsport
Ret Nazim Azman Jenzer Motorsport
Ret Alessio Deledda Technorace
Ret Nicola Marinangeli DR Formula/Curv Motorsport
Pole: Fittipaldi, 1m46.780s? ? ??Fastest lap: Lorandi, 2m08.213s

Championship Standings
1?Lorandi 284? ?2 Fittipaldi 282? ?3 Caldwell 258? ?4?Ptacek 170? ?5?Petecof 168? ?6?Malvestiti 167? ?7?Carrara 107? ?8?Alatalo 105? ?89?Ian Rodriguez 78? ?10?Frederik Vesti 68