The third edition of the Italian Formula 4 Championship powered by Abarth was launched a fortnight ago on the Marco Simoncelli Circuit in Misano Adriatico, featuring 41 drivers representing 21 different nations. And the season began with two dominant victories by the young German driver Mick Schumacher, son of the Formula One great, many times world champion and former Ferrari driver.
Thanks to these wins, the young German is the current leader of the overall standings, ahead of the Mexican Raul Guzman and the Argentinian Marcos Siebert.
The Abarth-powered single-seaters came up with spectacular performances in the successive three races, with Mick Schumacher imposing his will from the start. He started Race 1 in the front row, attacking the pole car driven by Marcos Siebert from Argentina. Siebert defended his lead stubbornly, but in the fourth round Schumacher overtook him and led until the end, preceding Raul Guzman and American driver Juan Manuel Correa, the highest placed debut driver, ahead of the Italian Simone Cunati.
Race 2 took place in the rain, with the safety car on the track at the start. When the green light was given, Schumacher shot into the lead, which he kept until the end for the second time. Second place went to Job Van Uitert and third to Italian Diego Bertonelli.
Given the high number of drivers registered, this year the Italian F4 Championship powered by Abarth will feature four races per day, with the drivers divided into four groups that take turns racing against each other. Each driver takes part in two races and then, if their scores place them among the 36 best, they qualify for the fourth and final race. Race 3, without Schumacher, was won by the Mexican Guzman, ahead of Siebert and Van Uitert.
Mick Schumacher started in pole position in the final, but a disastrous start left him in 17th position. He then fought his way up the standings, ending in fourth place in a race won by Siebert ahead of Juri Vips from Estonia.
The next dates in the calendar of the Italian F4 Championship powered by Abarth will be on May 8-9 on the circuit in Adria. Meanwhile, from April 16-18, the second season of the German F4 ADAC Abarth Championship will be inaugurated, featuring the same single-seat model, fitted with the Abarth T-Jet engine.