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Mercedes junior Paul Aron resists race-long pressure to take first Italian F4 win at Red Bull Ring

by Elliot Wood

Photo: ACI Sport

Mercedes Formula 1 junior Paul Aron took his first Italian Formula 4 victory in the Saturday race at the Red Bull Ring.

Aron started the race in second, and after following Niklas Krutten past poleman Roman Stanek at Turn 1, he stuck in the leader’s slipstream until making an overtake at Turn 4. A second later, Sauber junior Stanek drove off into the gravel.

Through the 19 laps of the race, Aron held off pressure from Krutten at nearly every corner, and it was only at the very end did Aron’s lead grow to 0.768s.

With Stanek gone, third place was fought over between Mucke Motorsport’s Joshua Duerksen and William Alatalo. They only moved into those positions after a clash between Giorgio Carrara and Mikhael Belov in front brought out the safety car, and that Prema’s Alessandro Famularo was slow on the restart.

Dennis Hauger followed them through, and although he did not have the pace to battle with them, he did reduce Gianluca Petecof’s lead in the standings. Petecof, who got warned for track limits violations on multiple occasions, was outside of the points for much of the first half of the race and recovered to eighth with two key passes on Gregoire Saucy and Jonny Edgar.

Of the drivers involved in early drama, all failed to finish bar Jenzer Motorsport’s Carrara, who crossed the finish line in 19th and with fastest lap.

 

Race results (19 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Paul Aron Prema 31m47.714s
2 Niklas Krutten Van Amersfoort Racing +0.768s
3 Joshua Duerksen Mucke Motorsport +2.321s
4 William Alatalo Mucke Motorsport +7.835s
5 Dennis Hauger Van Amersfoort Racing +8.616s
6 Alessandro Famularo Prema +9.020s
7 Ido Cohen Van Amersfoort Racing +9.637s
8 Gianluca Petecof Prema +9.994s
9 Gregoire Saucy R-ace GP +11.213s
10 Jonny Edgar Jenzer Motorsport +12.664s
11 Oliver Rasmussen Prema +13.543s
12 Lucas Alecco Roy Van Amersfoort Racing +16.900s
13 Daniel Vebster Cram Motorsport +21.553s
14 Umberto Laganella Bhaitech +23.343s
15 Jesse Salmenautio DRZ Benelli +25.696s
16 Roee Meyuhas Cram Motorsport +26.691s
17 Pietro Delli Guanti BVM Racing +27.208s
18 Axel Gnos Jenzer Motorsport +27.631s
19 Giorgio Carrara Jenzer Motorsport +28.355s
20 Filipe Ugran BVM Racing +29.407s
21 Erwin Zanotti Mucke Motorsport +33.667s
22 Nico Gohler Mucke Motorsport +33.974s
23 Amna Al Qubaisi Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema +35.079s
24 Sebastian Freymuth AS Motorsport +35.828s
25 Nicola Marinangeli Bhaitech +37.886s
26 Emilio Cipriani Cram Motorsport +37.893s
27 Emidio Pesce Jenzer Motorsport +38.418s
28 Hamda Al Qubaisi Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema +54.288s
Ret Roman Stanek US Racing
Ret Mikhael Belov Bhaitech
Ret Ivan Berets DRZ Benelli
Ret Lazslo Toth R-ace GP
Fastest lap: Carrara, 1m31.200s

Championship standings
1
?Petecof 159? ?2 Hauger 122? ?3?Durksen 83? ?4?Aron 77? ?5?Belov 65? ?6?Cohen 61? ?7 Krutten 60? ?8?Alatalo 56? ?9?Rasmussen 52? ?10?Stanek 38