Theodore Racing / Prema added two pole positions and two race wins to its 2016 Italian Formula 4 Championship campaign in Vallelunga this weekend.
The team made a perfect start to the weekend by locking out the front row of the grid for Race 1 and 2 with Juri Vips and Mick Schumacher. A drying track made conditions incredibly difficult in Race 1 with Vips, Schumacher and Correa opting to start on the slick tyre. Wets proved to be the tyre of choice but Schumacher fought hard to bring his car home in third place with Vips and Correa just behind in fourth and fifth.
Schumacher dominated a dry Race 2 after passing teammate Vips for the lead off the line. The teammates held their positions until the flag, securing an outstanding 1-2 finish with Correa rounding out the top ten.
Race 3 saw the team secure its second 1-2 of the weekend with Correa taking the honours closely followed by Schumacher who made an impressive comeback drive from tenth place on the grid. Saturday’s race winner Juri Vips ended the race in 14th place following contact in the opening laps of the race.
Vips now leads the rookie championship with Schumacher recovering 29 points on the championship leader, closing the gap to just ten points.
# 5 – Mick Schumacher
“What a cool weekend for the entire team, I am so happy for everyone involved to leave Vallelunga with 11 trophies overall! The team really deserves it. I am also happy with my weekend, having gathered three podiums and one victory which leaves the championship again very open.”
#44 – Juri Vips
“Overall this has been a really good weekend. We took a double pole position which showed what we are capable of. In the end the results weren’t ideal in the races but we still did a pretty good job and took the lead in the rookie championship.”
# 68 – Juan Manuel Correa
“It was a difficult weekend for me starting from the free practice going into qualifying but we managed to score points in all three races. I had some bad luck in the second race after a contact with another driver which resulted in a damaged car and really bad pace. I was able to save tenth position nevertheless and start from pole in Race 3. In Race 3 we controlled from start to finish. It’s good to end up with a win, taking decent points for the championship and let’s hope we keep the momentum going for Imola.”