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Frederik Vesti wins again at Paul Ricard in Italian F4 race three

by Ida Wood

Frederik Vesti followed up his race two triumph with another Italian Formula 4 win at Paul Ricard, which leaves him one point off third in the standings.

The Dane beat poleman Fittipaldi into Turn 1 at the rolling start, and immediately created a gap up front.

Fittipaldi then lost a place to Prema team-mate Olli Caldwell, up from fourth on the grid, who worked on reducing Vesti’s lead.

On the fifth lap Vesti made a mistake, allowing the two Prema drivers to close in. The front three had a sizeable gap to KDC Racing’s Toby Sowery, who was holding off Bhaitech driver Leonardo Lorandi for fourth.

Vesti was able to extend his lead again when Caldwell and Fittipaldi started fighting over second, with the pair swapping positions.

Caldwell got back past, as Fittipaldi started slipping down the order. Sowery hassled him for several laps before getting past, with Lorandi taking less than a lap to make his move stick.

On the last lap a slow first sector by Vesti brought Caldwell and Sowery onto his tail,? and the inclusion of traffic meant Caldwell had a look for the lead in the final sector of the lap. The top three crossed the line separated by less than half a second, with Vesti heading Caldwell and former BRDC British Formula 3 frontrunner Sowery.

Lorandi finished fourth, crucially one place ahead of title rival Fittipaldi, bringing the gap between the pair in the standings down to 12 points.

Gianluca Petecof finished sixth, ahead of Petr Ptacek, Charles Weerts, Giorgio Carrara and Gregoire Saucy.

Jack Doohan got involved in several battles, with each one pushing him further down the order to his eventual finishing position of 12th.


Race three results (14 laps)
Pos Name Team Time
1 Frederik Vesti Van Amersfoort Racing 31m14.236s
2 Olli Caldwell Prema +0.337s
3 Toby Sowery KDC Racing +0.450s
4 Leonardo Lorandi Bhaitech +3.726s
5 Enzo Fittipaldi Prema +6.086s
6 Gianluca Petecof Prema +6.841s
7 Petr Ptacek Bhaitech +9.748s
8 Charles Weerts Van Amersfoort Racing +11.643s
9 Giorgio Carrara Jenzer Motorsport +11.726s
10 Gregoire Saucy Jenzer Motorsport +13.362s
11 Umberto Laganella Cram Motorsport +16.620s
12 Jack Doohan Prema +17.835s
13 William Alatalo Mucke Motorsport +25.082s
14 Federico Malvestiti Jenzer Motorsport +27.302s
15 Nazim Azman Jenzer Motorsport +29.446s
16 Niklas Krutten Mucke Motorsport +29.517s
17 Oliver Rasmussen Jenzer Motorsport +32.785s
18 Ido Cohen Mucke Motorsport +33.781s
19 Lucas Alecco Van Amersfoort Racing +37.016s
20 Marzio Moretti BVM Racing +38.716s
21 Aaron Di Comberti KDC Racing +39.071s
22 Ilya Morozov KDC Racing +40.203s
23 Gastone Sampieri BVM Racing +40.325s
24 Emiliano Cipriani Cram Motorsport +47.432s
25 Alessandro Famularo Bhaitech +1m07.485s
26 Javier Gonzalez Jenzer Motorsport +1m07.896s
27 Andrea Del’Accio Cram Motorsport +1m26.312s
28 Lazio Toth DR Formula +1m26.518s
29 Alessio Deledda Technorace +1m33.822s
30 Axel Gnos AS Motorsport +1m37.578s
31 Fabio Venditti Corbetta Competizioni +2m11.513s
32 Anthony Famularo Bhaitech +3 laps
Pole: Fittipaldi, 2m05.125s? ? ??Fastest Lap: Lorandi, 2m06.134s

Championship Standings
Fittipaldi 93? ?2 Lorandi 81? ?3?Caldwell 69? ?4 Vesti 68? ?5?Petecof 54? ?6?Sowery 54???7?Malvestiti 33? ?8?Ian Rodriguez 30? ?9?Carrara 29? ?10?Gonzalez 26