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Federico Malvestiti claims first Italian F4 victory on 61st attempt

by Bethonie Waring

Federico Malvestiti finally claimed his first Italian Formula 4 win with a lights-to-flag victory at Imola.

The Jenzer Motorsport driver managed two safety car restarts on his way to victory on his 61st start, holding onto the lead despite pressure from championship contender Enzo Fittipaldi.

Fittipaldi spent most of the race hounding Malvestiti. The Prema driver was never close enough to make a move, but in the best position to take advantage if Malvestiti was to make a mistake.

After a late safety car, brought out after Ian Rodriguez and Ido Cohen collided in the final 10 minutes, Fittipaldi drew close enough to make a move on the race leader. Fittipaldi tried on either side to find a way through, but Malvestiti stayed firm on his way to the chequered flag, finishing 0.362 seconds ahead.

Behind them, the Bhaitech duo of Leonardo Lorandi and Petr Ptacek spent the entire race fighting over the final podium position. Ptacek managed to find a way past his championship leading team-mate early in the race, and put up a strong fight to stay ahead of Lorandi.

Lorandi pushed hard, at one point able to pull alongside his team-mate, but couldn?t make a move stick and had to settle for fourth.

Leaving Imola, Lorandi lies 16 points ahead of Fittipaldi in the championship standings, with Fittipaldi’s Prema team-mate Olli Caldwell a further 70 points back.

The first safety car came midway through the race, when Andrea Dell?Accio and William Alatalo came together. Alatalo was pitched into the air, landing on top of Ilya Morozov and sending them both into the gravel. Dell’Accio was able to continue, though finished towards the back of the field.

Gregoire Saucy took fifth after a race long battle with Gianluca Petecof, who took a third sixth place in a row.

Niklas Krutten finished seventh, ahead of Javier Gonzalez and Caldwell, who dropped back after a wide moment at the start of the race. Giorgio Carrara completed the points.


Race results (14 laps)
Pos Name Team Time
1 Federico Malvestiti Jenzer Motorsport 30m39.086s
2 Enzo Fittipaldi Prema +0.362s
3 Petr Ptacek Bhaitech +0.789s
4 Leonardo Lorandi Bhaitech +1.051s
5 Gregoire Saucy Jenzer Motorsport +1.297s
6 Gianluca Petecof Prema +2.200s
7 Niklas Krutten Mucke Motorsport +2.660s
8 Javier Gonzalez Jenzer Motorsport +3.358s
9 Olli Caldwell Prema +3.872s
10 Giorgio Carrara Jenzer Motorsport +4.196s
11 Marzio Moretti BVM Racing +9.114s
12 Ian Rodriguez DRZ Benelli +9.152s
13 Gastone Sampieri BVM Racing +9.910s
14 Nazim Azman Jenzer Motorsport +10.782s
15 Edoardo Morricone DR Formula +11.506s
16 Axel Gnos AS Motorsport +12.843s
17 Diego Bertonelli Alma Racing +14.535s
18 Andrea Dell’Accio Cram Motorsport +15.069s
19 Alessio Deledda Technorace +15.624s
20 Oliver Rasmussen Jenzer Motorsport +17.506s
21 Fabio Venditti Corbetta Competizioni +20.049s
22 Umberto Laganella Cram Motorsport +1 lap
23 Amna Al Qubaisi Prema +1 lap
Ret Ido Cohen Mucke Motorsport
Ret Alessandro Famularo Bhaitech
Ret Ilya Morozov Cram Motorsport
Ret William Alatalo Mucke Motorsport
Ret Emilio Cipriani Cram Motorsport
Pole: Malvestiti, 1m45.154s? ? ??Fastest lap: Saucy, 1m46.410s

Championship Standings
?Lorandi 239? ?2 Fittipaldi 223? ?3 Caldwell 153? ?4?Malvestiti 136? ?5?Ptacek 129? ?6?Petecof 90? ?7?Carrara 80? ?8?Rodriguez 78? ?9?Alatalo 69? ?10?Frederik Vesti 68