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FIA FORMULA 4
ITALIAN CHAMPIONSHIP, Rounds19/20/21

Circuit: Vallelunga (I), Length 4.085 km, 2nd – 6th December 2020
www.vallelunga.it

JENZER MOTORSPORT 2020:
Jasin Ferati (CH), Filip Ugran (RO), Francesco Braschi (I), Santiago Ramos (MEX)

The season ends in a wet Vallelunga ( TO the )

The seventh and last race event for the Italian FIA Formula 4 Championship took place on the technical track of Vallelunga (I) at the gates of Rome. 33 drivers were ready for the challenge. Interesting races were expected as the further positions in the championship behind the already crowned champion Gabriele Mini had not yet been awarded.


Free practice

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Qualifying

Saturday, 05/12/20, 09.50 – 10.30, Weather: Overcast, 13°C

The rules allow for two qualifying sessions of 15 minutes, with a 10-minute break in between. The Qualifying 1 times determine the grid for Race 1 and the times from Qualifying 2 determine the grid for Race 2. The starting order for Race 3 is based on the 2nd best lap time of each driver in either of the two qualifying sessions.

Results Qualifying 1 & Grid for Race One
1st Gabriele Mini (I) Prema 1:44.548
2nd Oliver Bearman (GB) US Racing 1:44.802
3rd Kirill Smal (RUS) Prema 1:45.212
20th Francesco Braschi (I) Jenzer Motorsport 1:47.492
25th Filip Ugran (ROU) Jenzer Motorsport 1:48.015
30th Jasin Ferati (CH) Jenzer Motorsport 1:48.779
31st Santiago Ramos (MEX) Jenzer Motorsport 1:48.872

 

Results Qualifying 2 & Grid for Race Two
1st Gabriel Bortoleto (BRA) Prema 1:39.187
2nd Gabriele Mini (I) Prema 1:40.009
3rd Filip Ugran (ROU) Jenzer Motorsport 1:40.565
5th Santiago Ramos (MEX) Jenzer Motorsport 1:40.883
14th Francesco Braschi (I) Jenzer Motorsport 1:41.922
16th Jasin Ferati (CH) Jenzer Motorsport 1:41.974

 

Grid for Race Three
1st Oliver Bortoleto (BRA) Prema 1:40.918
2nd Traylor Barnard (GBR) AKM 1.41.644
3rd Oliver Bearman (GBR) US Racing 1:41.778
7th Filip Ugran (ROU) Jenzer Motorsport 1:42.362
10th Jasin Ferati (CH) Jenzer Motorsport 1:42.551
11th Francesco Braschi (I) Jenzer Motorsport 1:42.649
18th Santiago Ramos (MEX) Jenzer Motorsport 1:43.518

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FIA Formula 4 Italian Championship

Race One (30 minutes + 1 lap)

Saturday, 05.12.20, 14.00, Weather: Overcast, 16°C

The first race of the final round took place in the early afternoon, in very windy and fresh conditions. As it rained before the race, track conditions were tricky. The race was conditioned by three safety car periods, with the final one deployed with 9 minutes still to go. The long recovery meant that the race was not resumed and was finished behind Safety Car. Filip lined up 25th on the grid and enjoyed a very strong start. As the lights went out, he gained 11 positions and was up in 16th place after the first lap. The Romanian driver restarted well after the first safety car period, but a contact backed him down again to 18th place. He fought his way forward again, also taking advantage of the second restart. Filip finished the race in a good 14th position. Francesco started from 20th place and held on to his position. The Italian gained another spot in the opening laps, before the first safety car had to be deployed. As Francesco found his rhythm, he managed a good progression and crossed the line in 16th position. Jasin started very well, too, moving from 30th place to 23rd in the opening lap. When the safety car was deployed, Jasin was up in 21st place already. As the race got going again, he resumed his battle for positions and eventually settled in 18th place after the second safety car phase. He took 18th at the end of the race. Santiago started right behind Jasin, in 31st position, and got away well. The Mexican was immediately able to gain positions and was running in 25th place before the first neutralization. Santiago improved to 24th position before the second neutralization. Taking advantage of restart, Santiago finished in 22nd place at the end of the first race of the weekend.

Race One Results
1st Oliver Bearman (GBR) US Racing 33:15.932  
2nd Francesco Pizzi (I) Van Amersfoort Gap 0.577
3rd Jonny Edgar (GBR) Van Amersfoort Gap 1.142
14th Filip Ugran (RO) Jenzer Motorsport    
16th Francesco Braschi (I) Jenzer Motorsport    
18th Jasin Ferati (CH) Jenzer Motorsport    
22nd Santiago Ramos (MEX) Jenzer Motorsport    
Fastest lap: Oliver Bearman (GB) in 1:43.018

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FIA Formula 4 Italian Championship

Race Two (30 minutes + 1 lap)

Sunday, 06/12/20, 10.00, Weather: Rain, 9°C

After it had been raining and storming all night and the track was completely flooded, the race management decided to cancel race 2 without replacement. It remained to be seen whether conditions should improve enough for Race 3 to take place.

Race Two Results
No result, race canceled due to bad weather conditions.

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Rennen 3 (28 Minuten + 1 Runde)

Sunday, 06/12/2020, 15.00, Weather: Rain, 9°C

In the afternoon, conditions improved to the point that the 33 cars field met on the grid for the final race of the season. The drivers were eager to race but as the start approached, heavy rain hit the circuit of Vallelunga again. Less than one lap was completed behind Safety Car when the race director decided to suspend the race due to once again dangerous conditions. The cars returned in the pitlane and waited in the fastlane for conditions to improve. When the race director decided that it was possible to race again, we returned to the grid. The race restarted behind the safety car and completed several laps before we were finally able to race. The race was hard and drivers had to take risks while also trying to bring the cars safely to the finish line. Filip started from 7th place and was able to gain a position, but the fight was very hard and eventually he dropped back again to 7th. A safety car had to be deployed when Pizzi run off into the gravel. Filip kept his position at the restart and eventually took 7th at the end of race, which ended with a red flag as Armanni went off track during the final minutes of the race. Santiago was 18th on the grid and muscled his way through the field, finishing the race in a positive 11th position. Jasin lined up 10th and was battling his way forward when he went wide and into the gravel. He rejoined and eventually took 25th place. Francesco started the race right behind Jasin. In this very difficult conditions, a contact forced Francesco back in the pits with a broken wing. He was classified 32nd as the red flag came out to end the race.

Thus, the 2020 championship was held in its full length, despite difficult circumstances. We are already looking forward to the next season and hope that it can take place as usual.

Race Three Results
1st Jonny Edgar (GBR) Van Amersfoort 23:23.161  
2nd Kirill Smal (RUS) Van Amersfoort Gap 3.803
3rd Gabriele Mini (I) Prema Gap 3.912
7th Filip Ugran (ROU) Jenzer Motorsport    
11th Santiago Ramos (MEX) Jenzer Motorsport    
25th Jasin Ferati (CH) Jenzer Motorsport    
32nd Francesco Braschi (I) Jenzer Motorsport    
Fastest lap: Jonny Edgar (GB) in 1:54.553

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Championship Standings

FIA F4 Italian Championship 2020 after 21 races:
1st Gabriele Mini (I), 284 points; 2nd Francesco Pizzi (I), 208 points; 3rd Dino Beganovic (SWE), 179 points; 4th Jonny Edgar (GBR), 169 points; 5th Gabriel Bortoleto (BRA), 157 points; 6th Jak Crawford (USA), 150 points; 7th Andrea Rosso (I), 140 points; 8th Filip Ugran (ROu), 133 points; 16th Santiago Ramos (MEX), 26 points; 19th Piotr Wisnicki (PL), 12 points

Rookie-Standings:
1st Gabriele Mini (I), 318 points; 2nd Francesco Pizzi (I), 251 points; 3rd Dino Beganovic (SWE), 231 points; 11th Santiago Ramos (MEX), 47 points; 16th Piotr Wisnicki (POL), 19 points; 18th Jasin Ferati (CH), 12 points

Another challenge: the journey back at home !

2020 FIA FORMULA 4 ITALIAN CHAMPIONSHIP - CALENDAR

30 – 02 August Misano (I)  
28 – 30 August Imola (I)  
11 – 13 September RedBull Ring (A)  
01 – 04 October Mugello (I)  
14 – 18 October Monza (I)  
18 – 22 November Imola (I)  
02 – 06 December Vallelunga (I)  

 

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