The key moment of the race, and potentially in the race for the 2016 Italian F4 Championship powered by Abarth, was at the start: Mick Schumacher jumped the start before the red lights went out. This moment earnt him a drive through penalty which took him from the lead on lap 6 back to 25th upon returning to the circuit. He then mounted a recovery ultimately finishing in 14th (however a 5 second penalty applied to Diego Bertonelli after the race which saw the Italian go from 6th to 16th) allowed Schumacher to finish 13th. Behind the winner, the Dutchman Job Van Uitert (Jenzer Motorsport) who started out of grid 3 and overtook his team mate Siebert on lap 3 and the inherited the lead after Schumacher’s penalty, was the fast finishing Juri Vips who had his run halted just before the race end by the Safety Car intervening on the circuit, when he was only 4 tenths of a second behind race leader Van Uitert.
The third step of the podium was taken by Marcos Siebert (Jenzer Motorsport), who strengthened his lead in the championship (his lead is now 25 points), he was followed by the Italian Simone Cunati (Vincenzo Sospiri Racing), who defended superbly from another Italian, Lorenzo Colombo (Bhaitech) who finished 5th. Sixth place went to the Argentine Diego Ciantini (Jenzer Motorsport), ahead of the Indian Kush Maini (BVM Racing), the Japanese driver Marino Sato (Vincenzo Sospiri Racing), the Chinese driver Ye Yifei (Kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) and the Mexican Raul Guzman (DR Formula).
Behind Juri Vips in the Rookie Trophy was Simone Cunati, Lorenzo Colombo, Kush Maini and Mauro Auricchio. Fabienne Wohlwend won the Women’s Trophy and finished 20th outright.
The sixth round continues tomorrow, Sunday September 25 with Race 2 (over a duration of 28 minutes + 1 lap) and Race 3 (over 18 minutes + 1 lap) at 9:30am and 4:30pm respectively. The complete results are available on acisportitalia.it/f4