2017 Formula 4 Italian Championship
Podiums and points for Prema Theodore Racing in Italian F4 season-opener
Prema Powerteam experienced a positive 2017 debut in the opening round of the Italian Formula 4 Championship at Misano. The Italian squad scored two podium finishes and two rookie wins with brilliant runs by its drivers. Estonian racer Juri Vips proved highly competitive. After scoring third place in the opening run, he ended up race 2 in fourth place. Unfortunately, he was then hit by another car at the start of race 3 which deprived him of a legitimate chance to fight for victory.
New Zealander Marcus Armstrong was impressive too at his series debut. After finishing fifth in race 1, he improved to third place in race 2 to grab his maiden podium finish. While fighting for P3 in the final heat, he was touched by a rival and put out of contention during the final stages. On the other hand, fellow Ferrari Driver Academy racer Enzo Fittipaldi enjoyed a spectacular weekend. The Brazilian, grandson of 2-time F1 World Champion Emerson Fittipaldi, took home two rookie wins, also securing a stunning top-5 overall result in race 3.
American Juan Manuel Correa had a tough start of 2017. After struggling in qualifying despite the good pace showed in practice, he rolled over following contact with another car in race 1. On sunday morning, he rebounded to post a convincing top-10 finish in race 2 before having to come back to the pits for a new wing in race 3, finishing in P20.
# 9 - Marcus Armstrong
“Not the way I intended to start my Italian championship, but with one podium I am still quite happy. We had an incident in the last race which has made us all displeased but we have set a good grounding for the rest of the series”.
# 44 - Jüri Vips
“Generally it has been a difficult weekend but we still managed to end up with some decent results in race 1 and 2. It was a bit of a shame about race 3 but this happens in motorsports. I’m already looking forward to Oschersleben”
# 68 - Juan Manuel Correa
“The pace seemed to be good throughout the two free practices, but qualifying didn't go as we expected. We were clearly out of position considering our pace in the races, and sadly that cost us throughout all three of them. Overall it still was a weekend full of useful experience and good practice before the start of the German Championship.”
# 74 - Enzo Fittipaldi
“This weekend was good. We were very strong in qualifying sessions putting us in very solid positions for the 3 races (P4,P6,P6). The 3 races were very positive but I was having poor starts which would cause me to lose some positions in the beginning but then I would work my way back up Finishing P11 (Race 1), P8 (Race 2), and P5 (Race 3). It was a positive week for us and a good way to start out the championship, I am really looking forward to the next round at Adria.”