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Esteban Masson dominates French F4’s opening Hungaroring race

by Ida Wood

Photo: Ida Wood

Esteban Masson took a controlling win from pole position in the first French Formula 4 race of the weekend at the Hungaroring.

A strong launch off the line meant he went unchallenged by fellow front-row man Maceo Capietto going into the first corner, and had a 0.897-second advantage by the end of the first lap.

From there he pulled away by up to three quarters of a second per lap to take his fourth win of the year.

Masson finished a comfortable second place ahead of series debutant Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak, who normally races in British F4.

Own Tangavelou finished fourth, ahead of a close battle between Daniel Ligier and top Junior classification driver Dario Cabanelas. The next best Junior drivers were Alessandro Guisti and Enzo Geraci in ninth and 10th overall.

As well as Inthraphuvasak, FEED Racing France finalist Elliott Vayron was also making his debut and he finished 12th.

The only incident of the race occurred on lap four, when Enzo Richer spun twice and dropped to the back of the order. He finished finished over three quarters of a minute behind Masson.

Race results (13 laps)

Pos Name Time
1 Esteban Masson 23m09.900s
2 Maceo Capietto +7.186s
3 Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak +8.816s
4 Owen Tangavelou +10.924s
5 Daniel Ligier +11.382s
6 Dario Cabanelas +12.581s
7 Gael Julien +13.680s
8 Hugh Barter +16.156s
9 Alessandro Guisti +22.982s
10 Enzo Geraci +24.705s
11 Pierre-Alexandre Provost +25.187s
12 Elliott Vayron +25.589s
13 Noah Andy +26.946s
14 Angelina Favario +40.071s
15 Enzo Richer +54.248s
Fastest lap: Masson, 1m46.074s

Championship standings
FIA   1 Masson 127   2 Barter 95   3 Capietto 82   4 Ligier 68   5 Julien 58   6 Tangavelou 48   7 Andy 44   8 Thanapongpan Sutumno 31   9 Adam Szydlowski 19   10 Vignesh Kadarabad 16
Junior   1 Cabanelas 132   2 Giusti 116   3 Aiden Neate 92   4 Geraci 82   5 Provost 73