Team Report
2017 Formula 4 Italian Championship
Monday
11
September 2017

Pole, win and double podium for Marcus Armstrong at Imola

The fifth round of the Italian F4 took place this weekend at Imola, with Marcus Armstrong, Juri Vips and Enzo Fittpaldi completing the Prema Theodore line up.

After a strong performance in free practice the qualifying session was also a solid drive from all three drivers. Juri Vips started the trend going straight into P2 only 0.7 seconds off Job Van Uitert. Kiwi Armstrong took the pole position for Race 1 with a 1’45.417, Vips completed the front row lock out and Fittipaldi slotted into the last top ten position.  

Race 1 was a lights to flag finish for Marcus Armstrong. Although he came under pressure in the closing stages from Van Uitert, the Ferrari backed driver held onto the win in a controlled fashion. For Vips the race was cut short after contact into the first corner forcing him to retire. Fittipaldi had a good beginning passing Kush Maini and Leonardo Lorandi for P7 but it quickly went down hill for the Brazilian as he was involved in an incident ending his race.   

Due to extreme thunderstorms at Imola, Race 2 was delayed for a few hours before it eventually got underway. All starting behind each other Fittipaldi started P6 but after many laps begun to struggle with his tyres finishing P12. Estonian Vips went from P7 to swiftly passing drivers one by one before entering into the podium positions after getting by Lorenzo Colombo. It turned into an exciting last lap for Vips battling with Maini almost causing a photo finish by taking P2 in the last few seconds of the race. For Armstrong it was another strong performance  getting himself into P4 from P9 scoring crucial points for his Championship title campaign. 

For the final race of the weekend Armstrong was quickly in P3, Vips P6 and Fittipaldi P7. It was a rather uneventful race with each driver maintaining their position for the duration of the race. However due to an incident in the last few laps the safety car was called out and brought the drivers across the finishing line giving Armstrong his second podium of the weekend. 

It is now another month until the second to last race of the Italian F4 Championship at Mugello 6-8 October. Marcus Armstrong will be hoping to increase his gap in the Championship as he currently holds a 17 points lead over his nearest contender.

Marcus Armstrong
 — “A positive weekend in Imola. Our car felt good from FP1 and afterwards we managed to get 1 pole position in Q1. Unfortunately we had a technical issue in Q2 which cost us the double-pole. In the race we secured a victory, 4th and 3rd. We did a great job of damage limitation after our mishap in Q2. Big thank you to all of the team this weekend.”
Imola
8/9/2017
 — 
10/9/2017
Timezone   
CEST (UTC+2)
Length   
3.050 mi
Turns   
17
First Race  
1973
Lap Record  
1:23.49
2017 Formula 4 Italian Championship
 STANDINGS
Updated 
19/1/2021

1

st
Races   
21
Laps   
380
mi.   
1076.83
Points   
283
Podiums   
14
Wins   
4
RACE 1
Saturday
 
1:05 pm

1

2

3

4

5

Marcus ARMSTRONG

Job VAN UITERT 

Lirim ZENDELI

Kush MAINI

Lorenzo COLOMBO

PREMA

Jenzer Motorsport

BWT Mucke Motorsport

Jenzer Motorsport

Bhaitech

+0.144

+4.919

+5.434

+5.535

30:41.238

30:41.382

30:46.157

30:46.672

30:46.773

RACE 2
Sunday
 
9:15 am

1

2

3

4

5

Job VAN UITERT 

Jüri VIPS

Kush MAINI

Marcus ARMSTRONG

Lorenzo COLOMBO

Jenzer Motorsport

PREMA

Jenzer Motorsport

PREMA

Bhaitech

+7.442

+8.172

+11.261

+16.451

24:30.083

24:37.525

24:38.255

24:41.344

24:46.534

RACE 3
Sunday
 
6:00 pm

1

2

3

4

5

Job VAN UITERT 

Leonardo LORANDI

Marcus ARMSTRONG

Lirim ZENDELI

Jüri VIPS

Jenzer Motorsport

Bhaitech

PREMA

BWT Mucke Motorsport

PREMA

+0.152

+0.676

+0.945

+1.211

24:01.163

24:01.315

 24:01.839

24:02.108 

24:02.374

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